Another Telepathic Thing, a film by Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme, will be shown on June 8 at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Based on Mark Twain’s “The Mysterious Stranger,” Another Telepathic Thing was a dance-theater performance that Demme filmed in February 2000 at the Dance Theater Workshop in New York City. It stars Tymberly Cangle, Stacy Dawson, Molly Hickock, and others, with text supervision by Scott Renderer, music by Cynthia Hopkins, and choreography by Annie-B Parson.
Demme finished putting together the film this year, thanks to funding from the Dance Film Association’s Production Initiative. Further financial support for the film’s showing at BAC comes from supporters such as J. Christopher Flowers, Colleen Keegan, the New York Community Trust, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
According to the BAC’s description of the production, it “braids Twain’s sublime writing with ‘found’ text from years of auditions. It culminates in a subtle and startling exploration of the fragility of our human condition.” The story centers on a mysterious, charismatic stranger whose visit destroys the peace of a small, mythical village.
The showing will begin with a reception at 6:30 PM and will be followed by a discussion with Jonathan Demme and Annie-B Parson.
Demme is well-known for his other award-winning work, including the films The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Rachel Getting Married.
The BAC was founded by artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov in 2005 as an arts center for New York City that serves artists from all disciplines. Located in Manhattan, the building is 20,000 square feet and includes the 238-seat Jerome Robbins Theater, the 136-seat black box Howard Gilman Performance Space, four column-free studios, and office space. The BAC currently serves about 500 artists and more than 22,000 audience members annually with presentations and artist residencies.