HERE proudly presents The House, as part of the ongoing series StartHERE: Innovative Theater for Young People, in collaboration with the Dream Music Puppetry Program.
Comedy and creepy thrills lurk within The House, where closed doors open to reveal shadowy secrets. Aimed at the family audience (adults, teens, and tweens ages 10+), The House is created and performed by Denmark’s acclaimed Sofie Krog Teater, returning to HERE with this new production following 2009’s DIVA, which launched the StartHERE program.
Brimming with innovative puppetry and exhilarating cartoon-drama, The House springs from a revolving set with intricate lights, complex contraptions and sound effects. The eponymous House serves as a funeral home, occupied by the reclusive, rich Mrs. Esperanza and her faithful dog. As the House’s private rooms expose the old secrets and devious deeds of both inhabitants and oddball visitors, the audience is lured into a suspenseful yet amusing adventure that stirs both light and dark sides of imagination.
About the Company: Here Arts Center
HERE’s Dream Music Puppetry Program is one of few programs in the country to grow and commission contemporary adult puppet works. Dream Music provides performance opportunities to puppet artists and encourages multidisciplinary collaboration to develop new puppetry techniques. This program was inaugurated with the premiere of Basil Twist’s OBIE-award winning Symphonie Fantastique in 1998 and the opening of the Dorothy B. Williams Theatre, an intimate space created specifically for intimate puppetry. Under the artistic direction of Twist, with producing direction from HERE co-founder Barbara Busackino, the Dream Music aesthetic is geared toward puppet works that feature live music as a collaborative element. Dream Music seeks to secure the future of puppetry by providing increased development and performance opportunities to puppet artists, and by collaborating with artists from other disciplines to develop new puppetry techniques. Over the past ten years, Dream Music has presented in the Dorothy B. Williams Theatre many exciting artists ranging from eclectic international troupes to The Jim Henson International Festival of Puppetry and has commissioned over 20 full-scale puppetry works from New York based puppeteers including the acclaimed Arias with a Twist in 2008 (which returned in September 2011 for a limited engagement at Abrons Arts Center).
Since 1993, the OBIE-winning HERE, Kristin Marting, Artistic Director and Kim Whitener, Producing Director, has been one of New York’s premier arts organizations and a leader in the field of producing and presenting new, hybrid performance viewed as a seamless integration of artistic disciplines—theater, dance, music and opera, puppetry, media, visual and installation, spoken word and performance art. Standout productions include Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique and Arias with a Twist, Hazelle Goodman’s On Edge, Trey Lyford & Geoff Sobelle’s all wear bowlers, Young Jean Lee’s Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven, Corey Dargel’s Removable Parts, Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge and Yoav Gal’s Mosheh, among many others. HERE’s work is challenging and alternative and offers audiences the opportunity to feel that they are part of something new and fresh.
Friday, February 24 at 7:00
Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 & 7:00pm
Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 & 7:00pm
Theater: Here Arts Center
Address: 145 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
Cost:General Admission:$20 Youth (Ages 10-18):$15
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