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HERE ANNOUNCES ONLINE PROGRAMMING IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 Participating Artists Include Taylor Mac, Basil Twist, Lisa D'Amour, Joey Arias, Aaron Landsman, Kamala Sankaram, Paul Pinto, and More
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:51 am EDT 03/20/20

In response to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Obie-winning HERE (Kristin Marting, Founding Artistic Director) is proud to announce several free online programming activities designed to uplift audiences during these challenging times. These programs include #stillHERE, a weekly Livestream featuring a HERE artist who invites viewers to share in the creation of new work; HERE@HOME, a weekly watch party that streams full-length productions previously presented at HERE; and #COVIDEO, a sequential, community-built work of video art that is led by HERE artists and staff, and that the public is invited to participate in.

#stillHERE kicks off today, March 20 at 1pm, with MacArthur fellow and HERE resident playwright Taylor Mac. #stillHERE is a short, informal visit with an artist streamed live on Facebook on Fridays at 1pm. HERE's community of artists will share live updates, readings, and previews of new works. Participating artists include playwright Sara Farrington on March 27 with additional artists to be announced at a later date.

With HERE@HOME, the OBIE-winning HERE cracks open their vault of archived videos. Airing Wednesday at 7pm on Facebook, HERE@HOME will feature recordings of full-length productions previously presented at HERE including Stairway to Stardom, an "absorbing and suggestive" (Time Out New York) dance-theatre work by Amanda Szeglowski for her company cakeface, on March 25; Looking at You, a techno-noir opera by Kamala Sankaram, Rob Handel, and Kristin Marting on April 1; Thomas Paine in Violence, an electro-acoustic opera-sermon by Paul Pinto on April 8; Arias with a Twist, the New York Times critic's pick collaboration between Joey Arias and Basil Twist, on April 15; City Council Meeting, a participatory performance work about democracy and power by Aaron Landsman, on April 22, and Nick Lehane's puppet play Chimpanzee on April 29. Following the online premiere, these full-length videos will be available for viewing on Facebook until HERE reopens for live public performances.

#COVIDEO is a sequential community-built video of art-making in the time of the coronavirus. A community of artists and audiences will come together to independently create ten seconds of video art. Each day, one section is created in response to the previous ten seconds. After ten days, they are strung together into one video that will be released on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Inaugural themes include social distancing and flatten the curve. Community participation is encouraged and interested individuals can email covideo@here.org to secure a slot.

HERE's Founding Artistic Director Kristin Marting says, "We're living in unprecedented times where isolation is not only encouraged, but necessary to survive. Yet in these dark times, we need the singular humanity and uplifting grace that only live art can provide and the community that gathers to celebrate it. Our hope is that these online artistic endeavors help all of us come together at a time when the world seems to be pushing us apart."

Please visit here.org, facebook.com/hereartscenter/ , twitter.com/herearts, and instagram.com/herearts/ for more information.

About HERE

The OBIE-winning HERE (Kristin Marting, Founding Artistic Director) was named a Top Ten Off-Off Broadway Theatre by Time Out New York and is a leader in the field of producing and presenting new, hybrid performances viewed as a seamless integration of artistic disciplines-theatre, dance, music and opera, puppetry, media, visual and installation, spoken word and performance art.
HERE's standout productions include Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, Taylor Mac's The Lily's Revenge, Trey Lyford & Geoff Sobelle's all wear bowlers, Young Jean Lee's Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven, James Scruggs' Disposable Men, Corey Dargel's Removable Parts, Robin Frohardt's The Pigeoning, and Basil Twist's Symphonie Fantastique and, this season Looking at You by Rob Handel, Kristin Marting and Kamala Sankaram.

Since its founding in 1993, HERE and the artists it has supported have received 18 Obies, 2 Bessies, 5 Drama Desk Nominations, 2 Pulitzer Prizes, 4 Doris Duke Awards, and 2 MacArthur Fellowships.

Funding Credits

The HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) is made possible with public funds from: the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation; Howard Gilman Foundation; the Mental Insight Foundation; the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; the Mertz Gilmore Foundation; The Shubert Foundation; Jerome Foundation; the Fund for the City of New York; The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; The Scherman Foundation; the Jim Henson Foundation; the Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts; Select Equity Group; Edison Properties; Jane Henson Foundation; Royal Little Family Foundation; the Leon Levy Foundation; and HERE's generous community of individual donors.
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