University Musical Society at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
LEE SUNDAY EVANS
LEE SUNDAY EVANS
HOME is a large-scale performance work that explores and explodes the relationship between “House” and “Home.” A visual physical spectacle, HOME combines dance, illusion, live music, home-spun engineering, and an inventive use of audience interaction to compose a work that asks, where is home? If it is not a place, what is home? In the face of entropy, we struggle to build infra- structure, family, community, art. We fail, and we try again.
HOME aims to awaken us to current housing dilemmas, local and global. The universal and timely themes of gentrification and migration are rendered in the choreography of ordinary people inhabiting a structure, leaving that structure through a variety of social, political, personal, and aesthetic forces, replacing one another, repeating. The project seeks to use the house of the theater as a lens through which we might see the impact of these forces at work: the illusion of home; the transitory nature of dwelling; the constraints of time and money; the impossible structural demands of a house; the absurdity, and at times the impossibility, of trying to make a house a home.
Commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music, Arizona State University Gammage, New Zealand Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, and Beth Morrison Projects. Funded, in part, by the Wyncote Foundation, Adam & Diane Max, Garth Patil, Wendy van den Heuvel & Jeanne Donovan Fisher and received developmental support from LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts (formerly ADI). Residency support has been provided by MANA Contemporary, BRIC, Pennsylvania State University, and ArtsEmerson. Tour produced by Beth Morrison Projects and additional perfromance included Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, ASU Gammage in Tempe, AZ, Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon in France, the Broad Stage in Los Angeles, Carolina Performing Arts at University of North Carolina, and University Musical Society at University of Michigan.
"Actor, creator, magician and illusionist, Geoff Sobelle performs miracles."
"...a grand-scale theatrical project whose unfolding you may watch, at moments, in astonishment."
"The ingenious, surprisingly entertaining “Home,’’ a nearly wordless theater piece that speaks volumes about the conflicting emotions that surround those places where the stories of our lives take shape."
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