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HERE's CULTUREMART 2014 Kicks Off Tonight

The OBIE-winning HERE kicks off CULTUREMART 2014 today, January 28. The event runs through February 9, 2014. In CULTUREMART, process becomes the focus, as this annual festival offers a first look at live performance work in various stages of development from the boundary-breaking artists in the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) on their journey to mainstage productions. CULTUREMART 2014 serves up 13 adventurous workshop performances of new hybrid work that blurs the lines between theater, dance, music, multimedia, puppetry and visual art.

HERE's producing residency programs (HARP & Dream Music) commission and develop cross-disciplinary performance work through residencies lasting 1-3 years, focused on mid-career artists. While in residence, artists have opportunities to present work at various stages of development through work-in-progress showings and more fully developed workshops in CULTUREMART. This vibrant festival offers a vital step in the evolution of new work, delivering for artists and audiences alike.

Resident artist projects seen at CULTUREMART culminate in mainstage productions at HERE. This year's festival also features three works by HARP alumni back with new projects in development. CULTUREMART alumni include Young Jean Lee, Taylor Mac, Lisa D'Amour, Faye Driscoll, Erin Orr, Troika Ranch, Corey Dargel, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, and many more, as well as workshops by HERE Artistic Director Kristin Marting.

CULTUREMART 2014 takes place in both of HERE's theaters: the Mainstage and the Dorothy B. Williams Theater. Full schedule follows.

HERE is located at 145 Sixth Avenue (entrance on Dominick Street). Tickets for CULTUREMART productions are $15.00. Student Rush: FREE with valid Student ID at the box office. For tickets and info, call (212) 352-3101 or visit www.here.org. In-person sales at the Box Office after 5pm on show days only. For more info, visit www.here.org.

CULTUREMART 2014 SCHEDULE:
*Note: productions listed with same date/time represent a shared bill.

Tuesday, January 28 & Wednesday, January 29 @ 8:30 PM
Sunken Cathedral by Bora Yoon

Sunken Cathedral is a multimedia musical performance work by Korean American composer, vocalist, and sonic surrealist Bora Yoon, designed as an architectural journey through a house, and an archetypal journey through the subconscious. Each room illuminates a different sonic 'space,' which excavates memory, insights, and intersections in which our greatest diamonds and demons are held. With direction by Glynis Rigsby, video projection design by Adam Larsen and featuring Korean traditional drummer Vong Pak, Sunken Cathedral is about death, life, rebirth, and the cyclical nature of the universe; the alchemical moment of transmutation where one medium becomes another.

Wednesday, January 29 & Thursday, January 30 @ 7:00 PM*
Mata Hari by Matt Marks & Paul Peers

Mata Hari is an interdisciplinary opera-theater piece inspired by the life of Mata Hari, the mystic dancer who was executed for espionage during World War I. The story is placed during last months of her life while incarcerated in St. Lazare prison in Paris, France. This work, by composer Matt Marks and librettist/director Paul Peers, focuses on her relationships with the five men that led to her death in 1917.

Science Fair by Hai-Ting Chinn

Science Fair is an opera-singer's love-song to the scientific worldview. Conceived and performed by mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn, and featuring pianist Erika Switzer, Science Fair melds Science and Opera into a witty evening of songs, slides, and live experiments. The words of working scientists, writers, and teachers are set to music by contemporary composers and become songs about the phases of the moon, the evolution of whales, the physics of the operatic voice, and, above all, the wonder of the scientific worldview.

*Shared bill: Mata Hari and Science Fair

Friday, January 31 @ 8:30 PM
Restless Next by Rebecca Davis

Restless Next is a collection of collections: envelopes, coins, movement, thread, and wax. Using dance and visual art tactics, the work explores time passing through the transience of bodies, objects and space. Treating the human body and inanimate objects with equanimity, Rebecca Davis offers audiences an experience of perpetual metamorphosis: underscoring the ceaseless and fascinating mutability of all things.

Saturday, February 1 & Sunday, February 2 @ 7:00 PM
Send for the Million Men by Joseph Silovsky

Send for the Million Men examines the controversial trial and execution of the anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti. Their case was a Cause Célèbre in the 1920s and still enflames passionate responses from advocates and detractors alike. In collaboration with Victor Morales (video designer/performer) and Catherine McRae (sound), and working in his unique style of oratory, robotics and puppetry, Joseph Silovsky illuminates the humor and tragedy in the story and connects it to today's political strife as well as his own micro-tragic biography.

Monday, February 3 @ 6:00 PM
The Scarlet Ibis by Stefan Weisman & David Cote

When Doodle was born, no one expected him to live. But he did. Now his older brother has to lug him everywhere in a red wagon. One summer day, a scarlet ibis appears in the bleeding tree behind the family house. The boys' fates are intertwined with this exotic creature. Based on the classic 1960 story by James Hurst, The Scarlet Ibis is an opera with puppets that explores the pains and wonder of childhood. This new work, for adults and teens, features score by Stefan Weisman and libretto by David Cote. A concert of the entire piano-vocal score. Directed by Mallory Catlett. Music direction by Steven Osgood. Co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects.
Monday, February 3 & Tuesday, February 4 @ 8:30 PM*

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