HERE's Season to Include Strange Tales of Liaozhai and City Council Meeting

News   HERE's Season to Include Strange Tales of Liaozhai and City Council Meeting
Puppeteer Hanne Tierney's Strange Tales of Liaozhai, a new work produced by the Dream Music Puppetry Program and Five Myles, will debut this fall as part of the 2012-13 season at HERE.

Running Sept. 6-22, Tierney's work, which combines visual art, puppetry and theatre, was created in collaboration with composer/musician Jane Wang and projection artist Hannah Wasileski.

Here's how it's billed: "Two stories, one a love story and the other a tale of magic pigeons, are taken from the famous 'Tales of Liaozhai,' a collection of supernatural Chinese tales compiled in the 18th century by the scholar Pu Songling. The stories unfold through the movement of images that are manipulated in real time, incorporating moving panels and expressive silks brought to life by lanterns and bamboo poles."

Following will be How to Break, by Aaron Jafferis and the Mixing Texts Collective, running Oct. 18-Nov. 4. Presented in association with the Hip-Hop Theatre Festival, it is a collaboration between Kwikstep and Rokafella, beatboxers Adam Matta and Yako 440, playwright Jafferis and director Christopher Edwards.

According to HERE, "How to Break is the story of two hospitalized teenagers – a b-boy with sickle cell and a b-girl with leukemia – breaking through their diagnoses in search of a gut understanding of what it means to be 'ill.'"

In the spring, HERE will offer Jake Margolin and Nick Vaughan's A Marriage: 1 (Suburbia), running April 23-May 4, 2013. "Betty Crocker, Ward Cleaver, soccer-dad minivans, finger sandwiches (no crust), NPR tote bags... and then there's the spray paint… A Marriage: 1 (Suburbia) is a suburban idyllic, a double self-portrait of husbands Jake Margolin and Nick Vaughan, comprised of video, sculpture, drawings and performances that will take over the entire HERE space – theaters, hallways, dressing rooms, bathrooms – all working together to appropriate the heritage of a once purely heterosexual set of aspirations," according to HERE.

Following will be City Council Meeting, May 6-24, 2013, by Aaron Landsman, Mallory Catlett and Jim Findlay. Described as a "participatory performance," the work will be staged around the boroughs of New York City.

Here's how it is characterized: "Using actual texts from many city council meetings attended around the country, City Council Meeting gives the audience a choice: be a Commissioner, Participant, Respondent, or Bystander, aimed at letting viewers speak a mile in someone else's words while provoking empathy and reframing local politics through the lens of art. In 2012-2013, the show will be presented in New York, Houston, Tempe and San Francisco, where it will be created fresh, with fresh, with local artists, activists, government officials and other citizens."

The final production will be You Are Dead. You Are Here., running June 5-29, 2013. It is created by Christine Evans, Joseph Megel and Jared Mezzocchi.

According to HERE, "Staged in a bare room with five translucent screens, You Are Dead. You Are Here. centers on Michael, a young American veteran being treated for P.T.S.D. using Virtual Iraq, a software program utilized in rehabilitation therapy. As she listens to his experiences, Michael's therapist programs scenarios on her computer, plunging Michael back into his visually projected memories, drawing him back to a fateful encounter with a teenage girl, Zaynab, who blogs from Fallujah’s warzone. This multimedia theatre work is inspired by the convergence of video game environments, virtual technologies and military research."

HERE also announced the launch of a new festival of opera-theatre and music-theatre works, billed PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, which will be presented Jan. 9-19, 2013; followed by the return of its resident artist festival, Culturemart, presented Jan. 28-Feb. 10, 2013.

For tickets visit HERE is located at 145 Sixth Avenue.

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