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SHOW (November 2011) 70 minutes


SHOW casts a focus on the elements of live performance in a bid to make them plastic and palpable. At the core of its exploration is a paradoxical condition that must be negotiated and resolved by any live work: the attempt to be present in a moment of expression, while existing in an awareness caught by a set of definitive frames. The relationship between the audience and the performers, their mutually assigned spaces, movement and roles, are implicated in the work as they share the changing sequence of what unfolds. It is within the time and space of this particular shared experience–its shifting bodies and facial gestures, its subtle fluxes and halted poses–that a truly plastic theater of contemporary live performance emerges.


Directed by: Maria Hassabi
Performers: Hristoula Harakas, Maria Hassabi
Sound Design: Alex Waterman
Lighting and Set Design: Maria Hassabi, Joe Levasseur, Scott Lyall
Styling: threeASFOUR
Dramaturgy: Scott Lyall, Marcos Rosales
Production Consultant and Administrator: Meghan Finn



– FIAC, Paris, France (October 22,23)

– REAL DMZ PROJECT 2015, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea (August 28)
– Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth, UK (July 19)

– Kunsthall Oslo, as part of “Soft City”, Oslo, Norway (September 6)
– Le Mouvement: Performing the City, Biel, Switzerland (Aug 26,27,28,29,30,31)

– Volcano Extravaganza 2013: Evil Under The Sun, Stromboli, Italy (Aug 22)
– American Realness, New York (Jan 10-13)

– VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary 2012, Vienna, Austria (Sep 19-22)
– River to River Festival, NYC (June 28-July 1)
– MIDDELHEIM MUSEUM, Antwerp, Belgium (May 27)

– Premiere: The Kitchen, NYC (November 3-5)



“SHOW develops as an in inquiry between audience and performer, performance space and emotional space. The audience members, who have become unwitting participants in the event, can barely take their eyes off the dancers — except when looking at each other. SHOW is a brilliant, often erotically charged evening-length piece performed by two dynamic, brave dancers unafraid to take risks, involving the audience in unique and, at times, demanding ways.”
THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK, Mark Rifkin, November 5, 2011



SHOW is funded by The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, the Jerome Foundation, and The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital. SHOW is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Dance programs at The Kitchen are made possible with generous support from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. SHOW was developed in part through a residency at Impulstanz Vienna, Austria and Mount Tremper Arts, NY.