How Can You Stay In The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere?

How Can You Stay In The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere?

Thursday, September 16, 2010, at 7:30pm | Colwell Playhouse

Defined by Ralph Lemon as a “speculative fiction epic,” How Can You Stay In The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere? crafts a vision of tomorrow through investigations of loss, transcendence, and human partnerships. This four-part fusion of dance, video, myth, sculpture, history, sound, and escapism plays with interior and exterior landscapes—walls, rooms, and borders that are solid and illusory, that divide cultures and spirits, that embody change, its consequences, and its redemptive potential. It also moves from the experiences of Walter Carter—a 102-year-old former sharecropper from Bentonia, Mississippi—out into the universality and inspiration found in ordinary human lives.

Through How Can You Stay, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Work, and one of the inaugural United States Artists Fellowships, Guggenheim Fellow Ralph Lemon pursues his quest for cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary performance and presentation by fashioning alternate languages for the mundane, the universal, and the human. At Krannert Center, his residency in 2004 culminated in the world premiere of Come home Charley Patton, a co-produced and specially commissioned work that formed the third part of his Geography Trilogy, a 10-year diasporic journey through art, race, identity, and the evolution of cultures. This season, his residency will conclude in the world premiere of the liberating How Can You Stay. When Lemon works with Carter in his home on a star-faring journey of the imagination or with performers on stage, he travels everywhere through the story of humanity.

Stay after the performance for a talkback with the artists and then head to Stage 5 for an after-show celebration.

Experience Meditation, the fourth chapter of How Can You Stay, in the Studio Theatre. This visual/film installation created by Ralph Lemon and Jim Findlay will be open from 10am to 10pm for patrons to immerse themselves in the themes of the live performance.

Patron Co-sponsors:
Jerald Wray and Dirk Mol

How Can You Stay In The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere? is a co-production of Cross Performance Inc. and MAPP International Productions. It has been co-commissioned by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

The creation of the work is made possible with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation; the Doris Duke Fund for Dance of the National Dance Project, a program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the MetLife Foundation; and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. The work has also been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Funding for this presentation was provided in part by the Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts.

This presentation is funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts. NDP is supported by lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust.