David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar’s Theater of the Mind to Run till January 22 in Denver
David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar debuted their Theater of the Mind project in late August of last year. It is described by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts as a “new theatrical experience you’ll see, feel, taste and hear.” The experience takes place in a giant 15,000 square foot warehouse in Denver. Heralded by a guide, a small group of only sixteen participants are guided across a variety of different neuroscience experiments. The goal is to test your senses and perspectives, and to challenge how you look at things. It aims to challenge memory and perception, with the projects leading tagline being “It’s all inside your head. But is any of it real?”
Mala Gaonkar is an American businesswoman and fictional writer. She has worked in non-profits and has helped establish SurgoCap Partners investment firm. As a writer, she has had her work published in publications that include the likes of Catamaran, Carolina Quarterly, and American Short Fiction. Her partner in the Theater of the Mind Project, David Byrne is a Scottish-American musician, visual artist and filmmaker. As a musician, he was the lead singer of the highly influential Talking Heads, a band that would go on to inspire countless modern-day indie and alternative artists. As a filmmaker, he released the highly acclaimed “True Stories”. Gaonkar and Byrne have collaborated once before. Their 2016 project “Neuroscoiety” aimed to contextualize brain patterns for further research.
Theater of the Mind has garnered rapturous praise from critics. City Cast Denver proclaimed it as the “cultural event of the year”, while Thrillist stated that “the show will leave you exhilarated and existential.” The project’s run has currently been extended to Jan.22 much to the delight of both co-creators. “Extending this show is a dream come true, part two,” said David Byrne. Byrne has also released music to accompany the project recently. For tickets to Theater of the Mind, you can find them on Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ website.