I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library - Jorge Luis Borges
Ark is an experimental live literature project to create immersive short story performances in library spaces.
We strive to find new and creative ways to tell and experience short stories, to connect with new audiences, to reanimate libraries as dynamic performance spaces and to push the boundaries between live literature, theatre and live art.
Ark shows are themed, site responsive, and feature creative cross-arts collaborations between short stories and other forms, including film, illustration, shadow puppetry, audio, music and dance, as well as audience interactions and interventions. They include new story commissions performed by writers, classic stories performed by actors and audio stories.
Ark's founder and director is Ellen Wiles, author of the novel The Invisible Crowd (HarperCollins 2017) and Saffron Shadows (Columbia UP, 2015), who is researching live literature for a PhD in literary anthropology.
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