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News Removable Parts Kicks Off 2009 Culturemart at HERE Jan. 7 HERE's 2009 Culturemart, a hybrid festival of new works, gets underway Jan. 7 with Corey Dargle's Removeable Parts.

Running through Feb. 4, Culturemart offers emerging and established artists a testing ground for unique works incorporating dance, theatre, music, new media, puppetry and visual art. Culturemart is also collaborating with the Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival to stage Corey Dargel's Removable Parts and the New York debut of Ray Lee's amalgam of light and sound, Siren.

The 2009 Culturemart line-up follows:

  • Removable Parts (Jan. 7-11). Corey Dargel's "theatrical song cycle for piano, voice, and electronics incorporates the subject of voluntary amputation."
  • Siren (Jan. 8-11) Ray Lee creates "a whirling, spinning spectacle of mechanical movement, electronic sound and light."


  • The Venus Riff (Jan. 13-14). Johari Mayfield offers "an audio and visual exploration of the historical exploitation of and sexual fascination with the Black female body."
  • Amazingland (Jan. 13-14). Geoff Sobelle, Trey Lyford and Steve Cuiffo team up to create "an experience you weren't even aware was out there. Three magicians. Two nights. One stage. Zero boring stuff. Sub-zero intelligence."
  • Bordertowns (Jan. 15-16). Nick Brooke and Jenny Rohn explore "how recordings have reengineered the psychological landscape of the U.S., stitching together hundreds of recordings collected along the borders."
  • Don Cristobal, Billy-Club Man (Jan. 15-16). Dream Music Puppetry Program's Erin Orr and Rima Fond re-imagine "the violent appetites and poetic possibilities of the Spanish Punch as he existed in the plays of Federico Garcia."
  • Lucid Possession (Jan. 15-16). Toni Dove has created "an automated cinema performance event. Singing, talking, virtual, projection characters on dimensional robotic screens perform with musicians in duets."
  • Alchemy of Light (Jan. 15-16). Ruth Sergel and Peter von Salis trace "the life of legendary magician Torrini, who toured the world with his daughter and wife showcasing their illusions. One day, a tragedy dispels the happy demonstration of technical prowess. Torrini is left straining against the limits of technology as he struggles to regain his lost family."
  • Sonnambula (Jan. 16-18). Michael Bodel and Casey Cole present a "layered look at the breaking point of matter and motion, featuring an amalgam of puppets, contraptions and choreography that delves into the eventual reduction of everything to nothing."
  • Ego (Jan. 16-18). David Michael Friend offers a work about "a puppeteer [who] finds himself dissatisfied with the state of his art. As he stumbles through the creative process of developing a new piece, he realizes that in order to create a better show he will need to enhance his control over both his puppet skills and his people skills."
  • Paris Syndrome (Jan. 17-19). The ensemble Ex.Pgirl creates an "original dance theatre piece based on a phenomena of extreme culture shock that occurs to some Japanese tourists when they visit Paris."
  • Aunt Leaf (Jan. 18). Barbara Weichmann and Jeffrey Mousseau offer the children's "tale from the dark woods of the Hudson River Valley and the darker woods of the imagination."
  • Mosheh (Jan. 21-23). Yoav Gal presents the return of the "indie opera that re-enacts the biblical saga of Moses as an ancient-futuristic ritual."
  • Sounding (Jan. 26-28). Jennifer Gibbs and Kristin Marting create a "multi-media performance inspired by Henrik Ibsen's Lady from the Sea and steered by the psyche of a fractured woman."
  • Water (or the secret life of objects) (Jan. 30-31). Sheila Callaghan, Daniella Topol, Katie Down and Leah Gelpe return with an excerpt from the six-hour "multi-media, theatrical exploration of flood mythology around the world."
  • Secret Rendezvous (Jan. 31). Kameron Steele and Ivana Catanese present a reading of an "experimental tragi-comedy which examines the conflict between the individual and the health care establishment."
  • Soul Leaves Her Body (Feb. 3-4). Peter Flaherty and Jenny Mary Tai Liu offer "an integrated-media performance synthesizing theatre, dance, live video, music and cinema, that is inspired by a progressive thirteenth-century Chinese drama." Tickets for Culturemart are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting HERE Arts Center is located at 145 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan.

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