AMERICAN THEATRE | HERE Proclaims New Digital Platform, URHERE


Jared Mezzocchi, Mey Seifan, Adham Hafez, Ximena Garnica, Shige Moriya, Kameron Neal, and Paul Pinto.

NEW YORK CITY: The modern performing arts house HERE plans to introduce a digital platform, URHERE, to offer entry to modern out of doors and digital premieres, with the goal of nurturing experimentation, sparking dialogue, and fascinating with the area people. Set to launch in November, URHERE expands on HERE’s mission to assist multidisciplinary work made by unbiased artists and ensembles at each stage of their careers.

The platform will create an area to take pleasure in HERE’s digital programming and non-traditional out of doors experiences. It is going to home archival works from the HERE vault, whereas offering a seamless expertise for accessing new digital and out of doors premieres. Every little thing will likely be accessible from one interface, designed as an interactive play house impressed by the board sport GO. HERE has partnered with design agency Imaginary Locations to create the platform.

URHERE will enable audiences from everywhere in the world to expertise new work by way of computer systems, telephones, or headsets for a variety of digital productions. The platform will embody native digital programming: digital, augmented, and combined actuality, in addition to live-streamed performances and extra. Out of doors programming will enable audiences to view free and accessibly priced public works designed to remodel public areas and discover the potential of artwork, that includes tasks by native and worldwide artists.

Funding for URHERE has been supplied by Bloomberg Philanthropies as a part of the Digital Accelerator for Arts and Tradition funding initiative. 

For the platform’s inaugural season, HERE has commissioned 4 new works as a method to beta-test URHERE. URHERE will launch with the world premiere of a provocative new work, Part 230, by Jared Mezzocchi (HERE Artist Residency Program Alum from the VR challenge, You Are Lifeless. You Are Right here). This digitally native work will likely be carried out dwell and in-person for a combined in-person and digital viewers. Part 230 takes a deep and sometimes darkish have a look at the regulation that formed the web

Additionally in November, HERE will current a hybrid digital/in-person premiere of MetaDreams. This mixed-reality efficiency encompasses a digital world constructed via Web3 instruments and is a choreographic investigation of how desires underneath states of emergency are a doc of our instances. The work options on-line and augmented actuality components, holographic in-person set up, and dwell efficiency in a mixed-reality setting. It culminates 10 years of analysis by Syrian German choreographer Mey Seifan, and is co-directed by New York-based choreographer and theorist Adham Hafez. It was developed in partnership with Berlin artists Mert Akbal, Harshini Karunaratne, and generative artist Ahmed El Shaer, working amongst AI, efficiency, digital design, and world-building.

In Spring 2023, HERE can have two pre-recorded digital native works, developed via the ALL ARTS Artists in Residence program and airing on URHERE. Untitled is a brand new movie by multidisciplinary artist, director, and choreographer duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya (present HERE Resident Artists). Untitled embarks on a poetic journey via an enigmatic panorama of legendary characters, ambiguous our bodies, textures, and supplies, with meals at its middle. It’s a companion to Garnica and Moriya’s upcoming immersive dwell efficiency A Meal.

Artists Paul Pinto (HERE Artist Residency Program alum) and Kameron Neal will construct on their sequence of immersive music video cantatas interrogating whiteness, first introduced digitally in HERE’s Prototype Pageant in January 2021 and in-person by La MaMa and CultureHub in February 2022. Whiteness: Half Two is the following chapter in a sequence reflecting on the silliness, the severity, and the anxieties of pores and skin shade. Whereas Whiteness: Half One leaned closely on the U.S. census as supply materials, Half Two seems to be on the Brazilian and Japanese census from the attitude of a complete outsider, all the higher to achieve past the nationwide dialog about race in America.

Along with these premieres, URHERE will host a rotating library of notable works, together with every little thing from soundwalks to archival stage performances, with choices similar to Cairns (Gelsey Bell & Joseph White), Solely You Will Acknowledge the Sign (Rob Handel, Kristin Marting, Kamala Sankaram), Symphonie Fantastique (Basil Twist), Hashish! A Viper Vaudeville (Grace Galu & Baba Israel), The Dangle (Taylor Mac), Stairway to Stardom (Amanda Szeglowski/cakeface), and 9000 Paper Balloons (Maiko Kikuchi & Spencer Lott).

HERE is an arts group in New York Metropolis recognized for producing and presenting new hybrid performances integrating creative disciplines, together with theatre, dance, music and opera, puppetry, media, set up, spoken phrase, and efficiency artwork. It was based by Kristin Marting, Tim Maner, Barbara Busackino, and Randy Rollison in 1993.

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