The Birds, a site-specific exploration (BDA_US32)

This project portrays a site-specific production of The Birds, taking place in the abandoned Michigan Central Train Station in Detroit.  The production revolves around a plane crash inside the main terminal, reflecting the somewhat violent history of the birds.  The acrobatics of the birds will be helped by the red aircraft cable strung throughout the space, allowing the actors, via costume, to attach themselves to these cables and move along their length. The audience has the freedom to stand, walk around, or sit at the various church pews scattered around the terminal.  While the crash site hints at danger, bits of flooring peel away to reveal grass and a blooming tree in the midst of this rubble, giving us a glimpse of the illusive utopia the men are searching for.   


Nikki Black, USA  
University of California San Diego