Prepare to Get Made

This is the true story of forty performing artists, picked to live in a house…OK, not exactly. But if the idea of a behind-the-scenes look at the “challenging and eclectic lives” of performing artists in New York City peeks your interest, the upcoming (and FREE!) Segal Center program, MADE HERE should be high on your list of priorities.

The “house” that these forty theatre, dance, music, and media arts practitioners have been thrown into is New York City, and the issues they confront range from the realities of maintaining a family balance within artist couplings, to the persistent battling with day jobs. All of these challenges are wrestled to the ground in the MADE HERE video series, which can be viewed next week at the Martin E. Segal Theatre.

At 3pm on Monday, November 2, view all of the MADE HERE episodes, and then, at 6:30pm, join the brains behind the project to discuss its development, goals, and some of the issues the series raises. On hand for the discussion will be Moira Brennan, Program Director, MAP Fund; Gabri Christa, Filmmaker/Choreographer and MADE HERE Artist; Andy Horwitz, Curator, LMCC and Founder,; Mikeah Ernest Jennings, Performer and MADE HERE Artist; Ginny Louloudes, Executive Director, A.R.T./New York; Helen Shaw, Theater Critic, Time Out New York; and Kim Whitener, Producing Director, HERE.

MADE HERE is a documentary series and website, split into seasons and organized around different themes: this month, MADE HERE explores Technology, with other areas of focus including Activism, Family Balance, and Creative Real Estate. Season One was rolled out from May to September 2010, and Season Two will premiere in Spring 2011.

The website is indeed an excellent resource for anyone interested in contemporary performance in New York, and the videos themselves showcase interviews with an impressive array of performing artists: Arthur Aviles, Jennifer Miller, Melanie Joseph, Elizabeth Streb, and Charles Rice-Gonzalez are among those interviewed for one of the Activism episodes, which engages a “civic dialogue about gentrification, class, race, neighborhood politics, and community building.” Marianne Weems, Anne Bogart, Taylor Mac, Ping Chong, and Toni Dove are just a smattering of the other interview subjects who appear in other episodes. The clips on their formidable and easily navigated website give a taste of these well-produced videos. Here’s one of them.

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