Re-Release Party (The Golden Record)

Re-Release Party (The Golden Record)

Fri, April 28, 2017

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$10.00 - $15.00

Re-Release Party (The Golden Record)
Re-Release Party is rooted in a project in 1977 led by Carl Sagan and a dynamic team of scientists and artists who created the Golden Record, a phonograph record which attempts to communicate the story of life on earth for extraterrestrials and future humans. The record, filled with messages from world leaders, greetings in many languages, pictures and sounds from earth, and a sampling of our music, was launched aboard the Voyager space probes on their interstellar reconnaissance mission, which continues to this day. In an evening that travels through time and space, A Host of People will evoke the original team’s story, while creating a new one asking the audience to imagine what it is to communicate our vast, yet puny, existence to aliens and to ourselves. Through artifacts from the original record, video transmissions, imagistic journeys, poetry and interviews, strange dances and original music, each performance will re-release a new Golden Record for that specific night, in that particular place, with the humans in that room. As with all A Host of People shows, a party will unfold, celebrating both life here and the possible lives out there in this vast and awesome universe.
A Host of People
A Host of People is an interdisciplinary, multimedia theater company in Detroit, MI dedicated to the making of original works. The company is led by codirectors
Sherrine Azab and Jake Hooker, whose work has been seen, together and separately, in New York (The Bushwick Starr, The Chocolate Factory, The Kitchen, HERE, Dixon Place, etc.), Berlin (Ida Nowhere, The LynLin), San Francisco (Intersection for the Arts) and Detroit (HomeBase, The Play House, ArtlabJ, The Sidewalk Festival For the Performing Arts). We create live art around a central question: How can we host more people into theatrical works that are complex and multifarious; work that situates itself betwixt and between; work that is poetic, visual, nonconformist, and expands the viewer’s imagination, curiosity and spirit? A Host of People locates our work around the idea that “alternative” and “experimental” artmaking is not the elitist practice it is so often made out to be, but an inherently populist one. We strive to offer work that gives the viewer agency in their interpretation, as we work to entertain. We invite our audience into our art as we would guests into our home, whether it is in a house, on the street, in a gallery or in a theater.
Tori Lynn Ashford
(Performer) is thrilled to be touring and collaborating with A Host of People! She will be appearing this winter in Neither There, Nor Here her fourth show with AHOP after A Modern Woman (Spring 2015) and The Harrowing (Summer 2015) and most recently Re-Release Party (The Golden Record). Torri Lynn was also a part of the ensemble that premiered award-winning playwright Caridad Svich's play Agua de Luna (Psalms for the Rouge) (Winter 2016). Also a puppeteer with Carrie Morris Art Production and has been a regular cast member with PuppetArt Theatre in downtown Detroit.
Sherrine Azab
(Director) is the Co-Director of Detroit based theater company A Host of People with a focus on creating devised and original theater. In addition to directing she’s also a producer, performance curator, and educator. Her work has been seen in Seattle, New York, Berlin, Detroit and San Francisco. She holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle where she founded the critically acclaimed company Strike Anywhere Productions before moving to New York City. In NYC she presented work in spaces such as The Kitchen, The Ohio Theatre, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, & the Bushwick Starr. Sherrine also served as the Associate Producer for The Foundry Theatre (NYC) during their 2011 and 2012 seasons and is a proud Associated Artist with Target Margin Theater (NYC) and recently Ping Chong & Company for work on a project in collaboration with the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, MI. She holds a postgraduate certificate from the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University and was a member of the 2008 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. In addition to the four full length new works and numerous smaller projects produced by AHOP since moving to Detroit five years ago, Sherrine also directed the world premiere of agua de luna (psalms for the rouge) by Caridad Svich at Matrix Theatre Company. Currently, she’s the lead teacher for Create and Perform: A Cultural Collage, a unique education project and partnership between Michigan Opera Theatre and the Arab American National Museum. Sherrine’s also the Engagement Manager for the Network of Ensemble Theaters.
John Del Glaudio
(Producer) is a theatermaker based in NYC. He is a company member of A Host of People, with whom he also produced The Harrowing. Past collaborators include William Burke (the food was terrible, Comfort Dogs: Live from the Pink House, PIONEERS!#goforth), Clare Barron (I'll Never Love Again), Sarah Cameron Sunde (36.5 / a durational performance with the sea) and Jessica Almasy (tiger tiger). Recent projects include The Terrifying by Julia Jarcho, [PORTO] by Kate Benson and Everyday Afroplay by Daaimah Mubashshir.
Aja Salakastar Dier
(Performer) is delighted to be part of this team of phenomenal artists. After earning her BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase College and living in New York City, she returned to her native Detroit to be a full-time artist. She sings with Video7, a Detroit based music collective and is a founder of iii Sisters, a Detroit based writing collective. Follow her on Instagram @shestoopstoconquer
Chantel Gaidica
(Lighting Designer/Production Manager) is a production professional, focusing on producing new works, production management, and lighting design. She moved to the Detroit area from New York, where she served as Artistic Director for Te Ilum Theatre & Arts for two seasons, as well as working with a host of other downtown and off-Broadway companies and venues including Red Bull Theater, On The Rocks, Clemente Soto Velez, Joe’s Pub, and Playwrights Horizons. In Michigan she has worked extensively at the University of Michigan, Tipping Point Theater, theRUMPUSroom, and others. Chantel is a graduate of New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.
Emily Harpe
(Performer) holds an MFA in Acting from Indiana University, a BA in Theatre Arts from Kalamazoo College, and has performed in Chicago and internationally.
Jake Hooker
(Co-Director/Projection Designer) is a writer, director, projection designer and educator. He is the Co-Director of A Host of People. In Detroit, his work has been seen at ArtlabJ, Detroit Contemporary, the Play House, and the Sidewalk Festival, as well as in many found spaces, both public and private. He holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and an MA from the University of Wales. He is currently writing his dissertation in support of a PhD in Theater from CUNY Grad Center and teaches theater at Oakland University.
Chris Jakob
(Performer) is an artist born, raised and living the dream in Detroit. Holding a BA in Theatre from University of Detroit Mercy, he is considered a multi-disciplined performer with a focus on the creation of fresh, thought-provoking, experimental, theatrical works that matter: A Host of People & Re-Release Party is the embodiment of all he believes in and more. Months and months of passion forged what is surely the most important thing he has ever taken part in bringing to life and is forever thankful for these brilliant artists he now calls family. Art is long, life is short. ig: @chris.o.jakob
Billy Mark
(Original Music/Sound Designer) is an experimental artist whose work is rooted in the art of poetic freestyle. Based in poetry, his work extends to areas of music, theater, sculpture, movement and installation. His current work explores the production of improvisational books and other multi-disciplinary long forms of improvisation. A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, his writing has been published in The Guidebook of Alternative Nows and SEEN magazine. His work has been performed at REDCAT (Los Angeles), Spiel Festival (Austria), Detroit Contemporary, and Bushwick Open Studios (New York).
Dorothy Melander Dayton
(Set/Costume Designer) is a freelance theatre designer and artist based in Detroit, Michigan. She obtained her Masters in Performance Design and Practice from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, in 2014. Dorothy has worked internationally in Greece, Italy, Germany, India, the United Kingdom. This is her second time working with A Host of People.
Sam Moltmaker
(Performer) is a performing artist who has been working with A Host of People since 2014. They have a BFA from Wayne State University, a Master’s from King’s College London, and recently spent seven months in New Orleans working and training with various theatre companies. Before all of this, however, they were a teenage cowboi on the open prairies of rural Michigan and their favorite hobbies still include drifting amongst the tall grass and writing melancholy, romantic poetry, a fate they hope to find their way increasingly back to between theatrical projects.
Maddy Rager
(Stage Manager/Choreographic Consultant) is a Detroit based dance artist and stage manager who received her BFA in Dance from the University of Michigan in 2014. She currently performs with Kristi Faulkner Dance and also with creative companion Scott Crandall. The pair calls themselves Thank You So Much For Coming. Maddy is from Bellaire, MI and graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in 2010.
Renee Willoughby
(Projection Designer/Performer/Graphic Design) is a multimedia misfit with a BFA in Graphic Design from Alma College in Alma, MI and a MA in Digital Performance from Wimbledon College of Art in London, UK. She works as a production artist at Essential Screen Printing in Eastern Market and does a mix of collaborative and solo work. Recent projects include technician for The Hinterlands and their show The Radicalization Process and performer/designer for Anti-Entropic Anomaly at Lightbox, Detroit., ig: _renalien_
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618