The Hinterlands present the premiere of their original performance Manifest Destiny! (there was blood on the saddle)

The Hinterlands present the premiere of their original performance Manifest Destiny! (there was blood on the saddle)

Detroit-based physical theatre company, The Hinterlands, will present
their original, site-specific, psychedelic Western, Manifest Destiny! (there was blood
on the saddle), at the historic Jam Handy Film Studio August 4-6 and August 25-
27 at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $15. For reservations please call 313.454.1756 or email
info@thehinterlandsensemble.org.

Inspired by the larger-than-life figures of Billy The Kid, Calamity Jane, and Buffalo Bill,
the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960′s, and the imagery of writers Cormac McCarthy and
William S. Burroughs, Manifest Destiny is equal parts Wild West Show and cultural
scavenger hunt. Weaving spectacle, vaudevillian comedy, sing-alongs, pseudo-history,
puppetry, feats of strength and skill, dreamlike imagery, and the smell of frying bacon
into a highly physical sensory collage, Manifest Destiny blows the lid off the myths of
the Old West and questions what it means to be American in the 21st Century. Audiences
will explore the spaces of the historic Jam Handy Building – the lobby, the catwalks,
the loading dock, the warehouse – in order to peek behind the facade of our own “Wild
Midwest,” both past and present, real and imagined. Did we mention there’s a dancing
bear? We did now.

After its premier in Detroit on August 4-6, Manifest Destiny! (there was blood on the
saddle) will tour to Milwaukee, WI as a part of the Alverno Presents Performance Series.
Then, Manifest Destiny returns to Detroit for one more weekend of performances August
25-27 before The Hinterlands head to China for a collaboration with the Shanghai Drama
Academy. Future tours of Manifest Destiny are in the works for Prishtina (Kosovo),
Chicago (IL), New York (NY), Beijing (China), Hamburg (Germany), and Boston (MA)
as well as additional Detroit performances in 2012.

Manifest Destiny is an original performance by The Hinterlands, conceived and directed
by Richard Newman and designed by Liza Bielby and Anthony Cerrato. Performers
include Richard Newman, Liza Bielby, Eleni Zaharopolous, Steven DeWater, and Dave
Sanders.

The Hinterlands production of Manifest Destiny! (there was blood on the saddle)
will take place at The Jam Handy Building, 2900 East Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI
48202. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 313.454.1756 or emailing
info@thehinterlandsensemble.org. Tickets will also be available at the door, cash or
check only.

Manifest Destiny! (there was blood on the saddle) will be performed Thursday, Friday,
and Saturday August 4-6 and August 25-27 at 8:00 PM. Performance dates and times are:

Thursday, August 4, at 8 PM
Friday, August 5, at 8 PM
Saturday, August 6, at 8 PM
Thursday, August 25, at 8 PM
Friday, August 26, at 8 PM
Saturday, August 27, at 8 PM

About The Hinter lands – The Hinterlands is a Detroit-based company who creates
original, multidisciplinary performance works, explores the art of the performer through
explosive and ecstatic training and play, and engages their community through direct
collaboration and exchange. The Hinterlands have created and toured works throughout
the U.S. as well as in Canada, China, Kosovo and Macedonia. The Hinterlands ensemble
members have previously collaborated with renowned companies such as Double Edge
Theatre (Ashfield, MA), The Dell’Arte Company (Blue Lake, CA), Bread and Puppet
(Glover, VT), and Richard Foreman’s Ontological Hysteric Theater (New York, NY).
The Hinterlands are funded by CEC Artslink, Theatre Communications Group, and Asian
Cultural Council.

Office: 313.454.1756
info@thehinterlandsensemble.org
www.thehinterlandsensemble.org

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Photo 1 (left to right): Liza Bielby, Richard Newman, Jamie Van Camp
Photo 2 (left to right): Liza Bielby, Richard Newman, Jamie Van Camp