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1/19, 1/20, 1/23, 1/24, 1/29 @ 8pm
1/22 @ 7pm
1/27 @ 10pm
1/28 @ 2pm & 10pm


Performances at Vital Joint

$15 in advance, or $18 cash at the door


(Facebook event here)

Written and Directed By Jon Burklund, Ilana Stuelpner, and Niko Tsocanos

Performed by Jon Burklund, Ilana Stuelpner, Niko Tsocanos, and Ed Rice

Sound Design by Anastasia Clarke

Welcome to Blankland, a fantastical world full of life-or-death learning opportunities. But don't be scared--like the old song says, "When life gets spooky, get kooky!" So grab your plastic sheets and strap on your goulashes for a romp through Blankland, where the sun's always shining and the blood's always dripping. Play “What Makes You Die?” with Stab and Blank! Enjoy a cuppa with the Pippy Butts! You might even get a visit from one of the Seniors! The fun never ends when death is around every corner...


BLANKLAND!, created by BOOM BAT GESTURE Performance Group, is a theatrical performance inspired by children's television and horror films. Following productions at Triskelion Arts in 2015 and 2016, BLANKLAND! returns January 19-28, 2017 at Vital Joint. The newly revised production will be staged in an immersive environment for an intimate audience of 15.


BOOM BAT GESTURE Performance Group (BBG) is a multidisciplinary performance ensemble led by Jon Burklund, Ilana Stuelpner, and Niko Tsocanos. BBG builds work through improvisation and collaborative processes, cultivating a unique voice in abstract storytelling and dark humor. Since 2012 BBG has produced original performances at HERE, Dixon Place, Incubator Arts Project, Silent Barn, and Triskelion Arts, among others. Their work has been supported by the Jerome Foundation, and they have held residencies at Incubator Arts Short Form, Salem Art Works, and Lake Studios Berlin.


"BLANKLAND! makes the viewer feel complicit in its wildly uncomfortable bent. It's psycho. It's deviant. It's disgusting and yet somehow adorable and totally hilarious." - Abby Bender

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