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Yvan Greenberg's "Genet Porno" at Culturemart 2014 at HERE Arts Center. (Photo by Carl Skutsch)

HERE Arts Center Announces a Season of Opera and Outsiders

The PROTOTYPE festival and Hai-Ting Chinn’s ‘Science Fair’ hit the high notes. Also: Yvan Greenberg’s ‘Genet Porno’ and Soomi Kim’s ‘Chang(e).’

NEW YORK CITY: HERE Arts Center has announced is 2015–16 season, featuring productions from resident artists, as well as the fourth annual PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now festival.

Opening the season is Yvan Greenberg’s Genet Porno (Sept. 9–26), based on the story of the cross-dressing gay prostitute Divine, from Jean Genet’s 1943 novel Our Lady of the Flowers.

Next will be Soomi Kim’s Chang(e) (Nov. 4–22), a biographical docudrama that exploring the mind of activist Kathy Change, who self-immolated in protest at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. Chang(e) will be performed by Kim, Brendan McGeever, and other to be announced, with direction by Suzi Takahashi and video design by Gein Wong.

The fourth annual PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now will run Jan. 6–17, 2016. The festival, dedicated to opera theatre and music theatre, will be coproduced with Beth Morrison Projects. The lineup will be announced at a later date.

HERE’s artists in residence will present at the center’s annual CULTUREMART Festival (March 1–13, 2016). The festival provides a first look at in-progress works from the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), which commissions and develops multidisciplinary work over a one-to-three-year period. The lineup will be announced at a later date.

Next, mezzo-soprano singer and Hai-Ting Chinn will perform her “love song to science,” titled Science Fair (April 13–24, 2016). The show will meld science and opera into an evening of songs, slides, and live experiments.

The final show of the season will be Idiot from HERE artistic director Kirstin Marting and Robert Lyons (April 27–May 21, 2016). The work is described response to Dostoevsky’s The Idiot using dance, original text, and video. Marting will direct.

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