Theatre Company to create new immersive theatre piece with Third Rail Projects

Then She Fell by Darial Sneed.
From the Third Rail Projects’ award-winning work, “Then She Fell.” Possible locations are currently being scouted for the piece, which will debut in May 2016 as an add-on to the Theatre Company’s 2015-16 season. Photo by by Darial Sneed.

By Hope Grandon
For the DCPA NewsCenter

The Theatre Company at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts has today announced an unprecedented partnership with the New York-based Third Rail Projects. Together, the Theatre Company and Third Rail Projects will create a new immersive theatre piece at an off-site location in Denver.

Hailed as one of the foremost companies creating site-specific, immersive, and experiential dance-theater in the United States, Third Rail Projects is dedicated to re-envisioning ways in which audiences engage with contemporary performance. Artistic Directors Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett have created performances worldwide for over 15 years. Their award-winning work, Then She Fell, was named one of the “Top Ten Shows of 2012” by Ben Brantley of The New York Times, and acclaimed as one of the best theater experiences of 2013 by Vogue.

“We are honored to be the first regional theatre to commission Third Rail Projects,” said Kent Thompson, Producing Artistic Director of the Theatre Company. “They are known for their innovative approach to theater and their ability to create masterful site-specific performances in unexpected places. Thanks to the generous grant from the Wallace Foundation, Denver audiences will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in Third Rail Projects’ unique brand of nontraditional performance experience.”

The Theatre Company and Third Rail Projects are currently scouting possible locations for the piece, which will debut in May 2016 as an add-on to the Theatre Company’s 2015-16 season. More details will be announced at a later date.

“As a company deeply invested in site-specificity, our creations are informed and shaped by the spaces and communities in which we work,” said Zach Morris, Co-Artistic Director of Third Rail Projects. “Narrative, images, and metaphors are pulled from research on a site’s history. Likewise, a project’s visual, physical, theatrical, and choreographic material is inspired by, borne from, and created specifically for the site itself. I was born and raised in Denver and could not be more excited to begin the process of exploring my hometown to find the perfect site for this new collaboration.”

The piece will be supported by the previously announced grant the DCPA Theatre Company received from the Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability effort.

About Third Rail Projects

Third Rail Projects, led by Artistic Directors Zach MorrisTom Pearson, and Jennine Willett is dedicated to reframing dance and performance and bringing art to the public through an array of media and within a variety of contexts including site-specific performances, dance theater, installation art, video and multi-media projects, and immersive performance environments.  Collectively, Third Rail Projects artists have been granted commissions, support, and residencies from presenters, organizations, and foundations including: Arts Brookfield, Danspace Project, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, Abrons Arts Center, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Theater Workshop, Topaz Arts, La Mama ETC, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, The American Music Center, The Lucky Star Foundation, and Materials for the Arts, among many others. Third Rail Projects artists have also received numerous awards including three New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards – for Then She Fell (2013) and Vanishing Point (2008) – a 2001 New York International Fringe Festival Award for Choreography from the Present Company, and others. For more information, please visit

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