A contribution to HERE provides imperative general operating support. Help HERE remain a significant contributor to New York’s vibrant artistic community and act as a leader in terms of the support we provide artists and the access we offer our audiences and our surrounding communities to some of the City’s most innovative hybrid performance.
PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN (any amount): All donors are listed in our playbill and receive our weekly newsletter.
BECOME A PARTNER AT THE FOLLOWING LEVELS
HUNDREDAIRE ($100 and above): All of the above plus ticket fees are waived when you buy through our development office and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine when you see a show at HERE.
UP-AND-COMER ($250 and above): All of the above plus we’ll reserve your seats for all HERE productions when you buy tickets through our development office.
DOWNTOWN DARLING ($500 and above): All of the above plus you will receive special invitations to insider events with HERE's artists and fellow fans.
TOAST OF SOHO ($1000 and above): All of the above plus you will receive complimentary entry into The Off-Offten Club, HERE’s Membership program, offering you four tickets to be used throughout the current Season. (A value of $60.) And, you will be invited to attend open rehearsals for upcoming HERE productions.
CULT ICON ($2500 and above): All of the above plus join the Artistic Director and Producing Director for a one-on-one conversation about what happens behind-the-scenes at HERE.
HERE-O ($5000 and above): All of the above plus public recognition, ticketing benefits, and special opportunities tailored to offer personalized access to HERE. For further information, please contact Brenna Thomas, Development Director at 212-647-0202, ext. 326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROTOTYPE (BMP/HERE Co-Production)
Contributions support PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, the annual festival of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works by pioneering artists from New York City and around the world, co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE.
Adventurer (Any gift under $150): You will be listed in the PROTOTYPE program and website and receive our weekly eblast with insider information and preview videos.
PROTOTYPE VIP Membership ($150+): You are eligible for all of the Membership Perks, including concierge ticket service, no ticket fees, ticket exchanges (subject to availability), reserved seats, a complimentary glass of wine at performances, and invitations to the opening night party and a special PROTOTYPE members’ only reception.
Pioneer ($250+): All of the above, plus, take home one of our PROTOTYPE pint glasses.
Discoverer ($500+): All of the above, plus, receive an invitation to the Festival’s closing night party.
Innovator ($1,000+): All of the above, plus, take home one of our fabulous PROTOTYPE t-shirts and attend open rehearsals for upcoming festival productions.
Groundbreaker ($2,500+): All of the above, plus, join the Directors for a one-on-one conversation about what happens behind-the-scenes of the Festival.
Trailblazer ($5,000+): All of the above, plus join the Directors and Festival artists for drinks and conversation.
Visionary ($10,000+): All of the above, plus, join a PROTOTYPE Artist and the Curators for an intimate, home-cooked dinner. For further information, please contact us*.
If you prefer to mail a gift, please make checks payable to "PROTOTYPE" and send to:
145 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10013
*If you would like more information or to discuss making a larger impact on
the launch of this festival, please contact *Brenna Thomas, Development
Director, at 212-647-0202, ext. 326 or email email@example.com.
Dozens of puppet artists a year rely on Dream Music for our leadership, and we need yours now. Please help us another ambitious season by making a contribution now. We hope to entice you with many perks below!
FAN ($100 and above): Pack includes special autographed souvenirs from Arias with a Twist, The Fortune Teller and more!
FANATIC ($250 and above): All of the above plus reserved Patron seats.
FREAK ($500 and above): All of the above plus cocktails at performances.
FIEND ($1000 and above): All of the above plus 4 tickets and a post theater dinner with the artist after show of choice.
FESTISHIST ($2500 and above): All of the above plus a private performance by Joey Arias & Basil Twist.
Taylor Mac Artist Residency
Your contribution supports Playwright in Residence, Taylor Mac.
Fellow Travelers (PROTOTYPE 2018)
Black Inscription (PROTOTYPE 2018)
A free diver transcends her terrestrial ties and embarks on an odyssean journey through our world’s waterways. Through the evocative abstraction of song, image and sound, we follow her into the deep. Carried by the currents that connect us all, she encounters billions of bioluminescent creatures, the endlessly inventive structures of coral reefs on their annual night of spawning, fields of human detritus, and abandoned nets still fishing for no one. What she finds is at once awe-inspiring and devastating.
Crafted by three veterans of rock, classical, and pop music, and using the most powerful aspects of each, Black Inscription is a set of songs that investigates our evolving understanding of the ocean and our relationship to it. It is an immersive performance that reminds us of both the emotional and ecological significance the sea. Black Inscritption was created with the cooperation of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Composed by the band Rabbit Rabbit (Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi) along with Jeremy Flower.
Your contribution supports MADE HERE, a documentary series and interactive website about the challenging and eclectic lives of performing artists working and living in New York City.
American Weather (HERE Resident Artist Project)
Your contribution supports Resident Artist Chris Green and his project, American Weather.
American Weather is a new work of material theater/puppetry and original music by Chris Green inspired by unpredictable conversations with the American public about the weather. Performers Yoko Myoi, Erin K. Orr, Kirsten Kammermeyer, Quince Marcum, Yasmin Reshamwala (and special guests) deploy figurative puppets, movement, live projection, hacked technology, spoken text, and original music for brass and voice to investigate a growing national ambiguity and its implications for the American narrative, whatever that is.
Created by Purva Bedi, Kristin Marting and Mariana Newhard. What makes a human authentic? Is it their genome sequence? Their DNA profile? Their life experience? Exploring ethnic ambiguity, race and identity, this duet uses original and found text, live cinematography, and contemporary music to explore the science of identity, including genomics, genetics, eugenics, and cloning, all of which impact our culture.
The Black History Museum According to the USA (HARP)
Your contribution supports Resident Artist Zoey Martinson.
The Black History Museum According to the United States of America explores the fraught relationship between Black Americans and the criminal justice system by examining how black history is presented in schools and the media. The performance takes the form of a theatrical museum exhibit featuring different “lessons” about black history. Black History Museum grew out of the town hall meetings held after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri along with controversy around #BlackLivesMatter vs #AllLivesMatter movements.
Hybrid Suite No. 2: The Carmen Variations (HARP)
Your contribution supports Resident Artist Gisela Cardenas.
Hybrid Suite No. 2: The Carmen Variations, is a devised theater opera by Gisela Cardenas inspired by Bizet’s Carmen. Mixing opera, text, video-mapping and performing objects, this project seeks to create a multilayered structure that crosses time and geographical borders following the experience of the potential different faces that Carmen can take.
Ding Dong It's The Ocean (HERE Resident Artist Project)
Your contribution supports Resident Artists RADY&BLOOM and their project, O.
With puppetry and electronic music and inspiration from the story of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, O is a ride down and around a vast whirlpool of all things natural and unnatural above and below, through a great drain beneath the ocean floor, and out the other side. Words by Alex Borinsky, music by Joe White, and fish and flags created by a growing collective of visual artists. Curated and directed by Jeremy Bloom and Brian Rady.
Soundstage (HERE Resident Artist Project)
Your contribution supports Resident Artist Rob Roth and his project, Soundstage.
Through original music, text and immersive media, the production explores the dichotomy of the singular female archetype - contrasting the vulnerable frailty and the underlying sexual prowess.
The Reception (HERE Resident Artist Project)
Your contribution supports Resident Artists Sean Donovan & Sebastián Calderón and their project, The Reception.
Donovan & Calderón's latest work, The Reception, turns the audience into voyeurs at a lively social gathering. Popular music, fizzy drinks, and friendly chatter hit the marks of a playful party, but something’s not quite right. Created and performed with a guest list of New York dance-world luminaries that spans the decades, bit by bit, the reception starts cracking at the seams, forcing the revelers to contend with an increasingly unanchored world.
Stairway to Stardom (HERE Resident Artist Project)
Your contribution supports Resident Artist Amanda Szeglowski of cakeface and her project, Stairway to Stardom.
With crackling wit and startling honesty, the women of cakeface serve up a silver-sequined dissection of the American Dream. Synthesizing razor-sharp choreography and a poker-faced delivery of original text, the cast shatters the facade of "making it." Featuring live-mixed sound and visuals from electronic duo Prism House and clips from the 80s cult public access tv show of the same name, Stairway to Stardom honors the contributions of the wildly passionate but questionably talented among us.
ThisTree (HERE Resident Artist Project)
Your contribution supports Resident Artist Leah Coloff and her project, ThisTree.
ThisTree is a multi-media performance ritual based on the album of the same name by cellist/singer/composer Leah Coloff. Sewing together song, family stories, animation, home movies and handmade objects, ThisTree explores identity, memory, legacy and loss, propelled by the question – “What do we leave behind when our family tree has died?”
9,000 Paper Balloons (HERE Resident Artist Project)
Your contribution supports Resident Artists Liz Hara, Maiko Kikuchi & Spencer Lott and their project, 9,000 Paper Balloons.
Independent artists Liz Hara, Maiko Kikuchi and Spencer Lott have teamed up to create 9,000 Paper Balloons, a collage of original ghost stories that weave together the tragic end of a young American family, the internment of a Japanese couple, and the cover-up of 9000 paper balloons with live bombs that floated across the Pacific toward the United States in 1945. This new work of puppet-theatre is inspired by true events and explores cultural hysteria, government censorship, and the long term effects of the Japanese Internment.
Visually inspired by Japanese Woodblock prints and stark black and white images from the Japanese Internment camps, this play will float throughout the theater like a fog. The ghost stories will utilize a radio-noir soundscape as well as spoken Japanese text and rely on shadow puppetry, projections, masks and a whole lot of paper.
Thomas Paine in Violence (HERE Resident Artist Project)
Your contribution supports Resident Artist Paul Pinto and his project, Thomas Paine in Violence.
Simultaneously set in the mind and afterlife of the revolutionary activist and political philosopher, THOMAS PAINE IN VIOLENCE is a new work of opera theater, setting the Founding Father in a cosmic radio station, struggling to broadcast a message of social justice amidst a whirlwind of chaotic sound and text. Commissioned by and premiering in HERE's 2017-2018 season, TPIV was created by composer/librettist/performer Paul Pinto (thingNY, Varispeed, Robert Ashley, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) and director Rick Burkhardt (Here Be Sirens, Three Pianos, Nonsense Company). And stars legendary vocalist Joan La Barbara as Thomas Paine. Thank you so much for your necessary support.
HERE Sponsored Project: Tandem Otter (Basil Twist Company)
Contributions to Tandem Otter support Basil Twist and his collaborators, who continue to develop and present some of the most dynamic puppetry in the field today.