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Silo City to host site-specific performance 'In the Dark'

There is a kind of sacred, church-like feeling to Buffalo's post-industrial landscape that you can't quite grasp until you walk into it.

Buffalo photographer Bruce Jackson, not unreasonably, has compared the city's grain elevators to the great cathedrals of Europe. Artists of every discipline have been inspired by these concrete buildings and rusting warehouses to write poems, conceive of echoing musical performances and design site-specific art installations.

The latest event custom-tailored for Silo City, the post-industrial playground of increasing renown, is "In the Dark," planned for April 14. It's a kind of warm-up for a larger event planned in the summer, which will temporarily transform the Perot Malt House into an art installation featuring actors, architectural elements, an audio installation and other surprises that will not be revealed until visitors are on-site.

The point, organizer Galia Binder wrote, is "to study how the audience experiences and responds to the play under varying conditions. To avoid selection bias, the version of the performance you experience will not be revealed to you until the day of the show."

"In the Dark": 2 and 3 p.m. April 14 in the Perot Malt House at Silo City, 21 Childs St. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, but should be reserved at

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