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de novo's Houseguest
Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance
New York, NY
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Houseguest is de novo's inaugural production: a mixed dance performance incorporating butoh and belly dance with live music and original composed music. It explores the tension between quotidian existence and other realities  seen and unseen, invited and uninvited, real and imagined  and explores themes of hibernation, transformation and awakening. It is about deep longing from below and the struggle to stay alive in hibernating sleep. We investigate these themes using a multi-layered, mixed-media approach.

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Conceived by Ian Wen and Irina Kom and created by the ensemble.

With: Christian Barthod, Erin Holmes, Aurie Hsu, Lauren Jeanette, Steven Kemper, Irina Kom, Bob Lyness, Hanna Madbak, Hiram Pines, Lauren Marie Robbiani, Estefania Vaz Ferreira, and Ian Wen.

We will also be performing seven seniors from this year's 2013 SPARC program from the Hanac JVL Senior Center in Astoria, Queens!  They include:  Eileen A. Baker, Lydia Barcala, Jennie Criskos, Steven George, Alice Jaworsky, Selenia Martinez, and Angie Welby.

June 7-9, 2013 @ 8PM

Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, 55 Bethune St., New York, NY

RUNNING TIME: 70 minutes

*Who is de novo*
de novo is a company co-established by Ian Wen ( and Irina Kom ( . It consists of a revolving group of multidisciplinary artists, including musicians, composers, dancers, actors, and academicians. Together, we seek to examine and explore both the quotidian and the mysterious aspects of life in a performative context. Our work is made possible by support from the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department for the Aging, and the Queens Council on the Arts. We operate under the umbrella of both The Field and Fractured

*What is SPARC?*
Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide (SPARC) is a community arts engagement program that places artistsinresidence at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. Through the program, 50 artists will provide creative programming for seniors at 48 centers in 2013, presenting free public events displaying a diverse array of projects this spring and summer. SPARC is a collaboration among the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department for the Aging and five of the City's local arts councils. The program was developed in 2009 as part of the Mayor's AgeFriendly NYC initiative, and is supported, in part, by funding from the Department for the Aging.

For more information about SPARC, visit
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Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance (View)
55 Bethune Street
New York, NY 10014
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



Beatrice S.
Brooklyn, NY United States
Jun 08, 2013 3:41 PM
Katharine D.
Brooklyn, NY United States
Jun 08, 2013 1:38 PM
Amy L.
Brooklyn, NY United States
Jun 08, 2013 12:30 PM
Amy L.
Brooklyn, NY United States
Jun 08, 2013 12:30 PM
Saeyoung M.
Astoria, NY United States
Jun 08, 2013 12:12 PM
Katarina B.
Astoria, NY United States
Jun 08, 2013 10:36 AM

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