The Hinterlands

Detroit, MI

Richard Newman and Liza Bielby began collaborating as The Hinterlands in 2009. Using an explosive physical training practice and a lengthy research process, they engage an interdisciplinary pool of collaborators to create genre-defying works that explore the possibilities of theatre and push audiences into unknown spaces. Their work ranges from psychedelic Westerns to gleefully obtuse reproductions of radical 60s theatre to border-crossing street festivals, and has been seen across the US and abroad including at the Flynn Center (Burlington), p! (NYC), the Shanghai Biennale, and the Berlinale. They are currently collaborating with artists in Russia, China, and Iran to create a series of simultaneous performances called The Enemy of My Enemy, exploring nationalism, personal identity, and the hybrid form of Internet-based and live performance as a forum for 21st Century grassroots diplomacy.

With Power House Productions (Detroit), they curate and manage Play House, a neighborhood-embedded space for local and international collaboration in an intimate setting, as well as public programs that investigate questions of place, borders, common culture, and history.