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The Extra People

NYC Premiere
Fri, Sep 25 — 7pm, 7:30pm*, 8pm, 8:30pm & 9pm
Sat, Sep 26 — 5:30pm*, 6pm*, 6:30pm*, 7pm* & 7:30pm*

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

Times marked with * are sold out. A wait list will start 15 minutes before each sold out performance.

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Equipped with a flashlight, a neon vest, and a pair of headphones, you enter an empty theater as an extra, navigating a bespoke path through the cracked dreams of today's growing number of short-term, disposable workers. Your role shifts and switches as you set off on an adventure in the dark.

A continuation of British artist Ant Hampton’s Autoteatro series—in which audiences are both spectator and performer, following cues delivered straight to their ears—The Extra People challenges the assumption that theater is a space for community. Individually streamed recordings and tricks of perception isolate you from the rest of the audience and bring to this automatic process a hallucinatory edge.

In English.

Written and Directed by Ant Hampton
Sound Design and Composition: Sam Britton
Artistic Advice: Kate McIntosh
Editing and System Design / Tech Director: Hugh Roche Kelly
Early Development / Brainstorming: Geoff Sobelle and Trey Lyford
Assistance at EMPAC: Julia Asharaf
Creative Producer: Katja Timmerberg


About Ant Hampton

Ant Hampton (b. 1975, UK) is a Brussels-based artist. A co-founder of the company Rotozaza, Hampton is best known for his nine Autoteatro works, which deliver instructions to audience members to enact the performances for each other. These works include Rotozaza’s Etiquette (2007), and The Quiet Volume, his Bessie award-winning collaboration with Tim Etchells for library reading rooms, which was presented by PS122 in New York in 2013; The Extra People is the largest-scale Autoteatro work to date. Hampton’s other solo projects include ongoing experimentation around live portraiture and structured encounters with people from non-theatrical milieu. He was also head dramaturg for Projected Scenarios at Manifesta 7 Biennial for Contemporary Art, and has contributed to projects by Jérôme Bel and Forced Entertainment.



Commissioned by EMPAC / Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Coproduction Partners: Kaaitheater (Brussels), Malta Festival (Posnan), and the French Institute Alliance Française. Supported by the King’s Fountain. Supported by the Culture Program of the European Commission via the House on Fire network. Thanks to Vallejo Gantner, Britt Hatzius, Matthieu Goeury / Vooruit, Edmund, and Tina Manwarren Roche-Kelly and to the many volunteers who have helped with tryouts and development in Troy, Brussels, and Gent. Special thanks to Coda Cola, London, for generous studio support.

Image:The Extra People © Ant Hampton

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Non-Members $25

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