Photo by Maria Baranova
created by GEOFF SOBELLE
Sound design BRANDON WOLCOTT | Costume design KAREN YOUNG
Illusion design STEVE CUIFFO | Creative consulting JULIAN CROUCH
Jecca Barry, creative producer
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
September 27-28, 2019
TICKETS AND INFO AT krannertcenter.com
ASU Gammage, Tempe, AZ
October 19, 2019
TICKETS AND INFO AT asugammage.com
Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech
November 1-2, 2019
TICKETS AND INFO AT artscenter.vt.edu
Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon, France
December 17-31, 2019
TICKETS AND INFO AT theatredescelestins.com
The Broad Stage, Los Angeles
March 4-8, 2020
TICKETS AND INFO AT thebroadstage.org
Carolina Performing Arts, University of North Carolina
March 19-20, 2020
TICKETS AND INFO AT carolinaperformingarts.org
University Musical Society, University of Michigan
April 3-4, 2020
TICKETS AND INFO AT events.umich.edu
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.
HOME was commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music, Arizona State University – Gammage, New Zealand Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, and Beth Morrison Projects. HOME was funded, in part, by The Wyncote Foundation, Adam and Diane Max, Garth Patil, Wendy van den Heuvel and 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.
"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."
FROM THE CREATOR
“The work will allow space for audience to dream — to fill the work with their own lives and memories, thus enacting the experience of living in and creating a home. As always, I do not know what the end result will be! Other than it usually ends up quite different from where I begin.”
— GEOFF SOBELLE
Photos by Maria Baranova and Hillarie Jason