The Enemy of My Enemy
The Enemy of My Enemy is an iterative, hybrid digital/live performance project simultaneously linking performers and audiences in the US and our so-called “enemy” nations of China, Russia and Iran to explore nationalism, enemy-ness, and the Internet as an experiential “third space” for 21st Century performance.
Using every day technology, these bi-locational works– Detroit-Beijing, Detroit-Tehran, Detroit-Moscow – and site-specific interventions unites actors, sculptors, musicians, video artists, choreographers, performance artists and philosophers to peel back the layers of history, language, identity, and politics that divide us within the “free zone” where Internet and live performance meet.
Initial projects began in September 2017 with  the Line, a telematic performance workshop with artists in Tehran and Detroit co-created and co-led by Ava Ansari/Poetic Societies, The Hinterlands, and Renee Willoughby, and in partnership with Pejman Foundation (Kandovan); research into technology and connectivity continued in December 2017 in Beijing with project partners choreographer Gu Jiani and Untitled Group (shikouwutuan).
 the Line, a telematic performance workshop with artists in Tehran and Detroit co-created and co-led by Ava Ansari/Poetic Societies, The Hinterlands, and Renee Willoughby, in partnership with Pejman Foundation (Kandovan) - September 2017
Shikouwutuan exchange (Beijing), a two week research session into technology and connectivity n Beijing with project partners choreographer Gu Jiani and Untitled Group (shikouwutuan) - December 2017
uTopian Dinner, two weekends of participatory dinners on the road in the MOCAD Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead digitally connecting in to a transcontinenal brunch with TGIS (Beijing), a summertime snack with Pavel Mitenko (Russia), tea time with Lena and Oleg (Moscow)
Work on The Enemy of My Enemy is funded through the MAP Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Detroit Knight Arts Challenge 2016, the Network of Ensemble Theaters’ NET/TEN Exchange program, and Asian Cultural Council.