Dare to think aloud in front of a live audience and your favorite literary celebrities. In honor of John Cage's centennial, PEN festival and Symphony Space join forces with the John Cage Trust and Slought Foundation to revive for the first time ever in New York, John Cage's 1989 work How To Get Started-a collaborative experiment that explores improvisation and the origin of ideas. In the piece, Cage took the stage with ten note cards, shuffled the deck and spoke ‘off the cuff' for no more than three minutes on each idea. His monologue was recorded in collaboration with engineers and looped back as the next card was addressed, creating a complex acoustic layering of his ideas.
In this daylong 'happening,' minds from across the arts perform their own realizations. As an audience member, you are invited to contribute your own thoughts to the official archive of How to Get Started.
Before you come, visit howtogetstarted.org or the permanent installation at Slought.
11:00 am Introductions by Laura Kuhn (John Cage Trust) and Aaron Levy (Slought)
11:15 am John Cage, How to Get Started
11:45 am Conversation with the audience
12:00 pm Performance by Etgar Keret
12:30 pm Lunch break; Lottery selection of audience performers
1:30 pm Audience performances
4:45 pm Coffee break
5:00 pm Performance by David Harrington (Kronos Quartet)
7:00 pm Aleksandar Hemon and Sonia Sanchez
For a discounted day pass for entrance to both events, please visit the Symphony Space Box Office or call (212)864-5400. This discounted ticket price is $30; PEN and Symphony Space members $25; Students $17 (with ID).