Sophie Bortolussi

Director - Choreographer - Performer - Teacher

Home

(2017)

Creator: Geoff Sobelle
Directed by: Lee Sunday Evans
Performers: Sophie Bortolussi, Josh Crouch, Jennifer Kidwell, Justin
Rose, Geoff Sobelle, Ching Valdez
Music: Elvis Perkins
Choreography: David Neumann
Set: Steven Dufala
Illusion Consultant: Steve Cuiffo
Sound: Brandon Wolcott

“…HOME adds up to a wholly unique blend of concept, stagecraft, movement, music, and visual storytelling that gives fast-moving form to the ways, large and small, in which a house becomes a home.”

— The Boston Globe

“...stunningly complex, for both its on-stage house-building and for its content. (...)a grand-scale theatrical project whose unfolding you may watch, at moments, in astonishment.”

— Newsworks.org

HOME is a large-scale performance work that explores and explodes the relationship between “House” and “Home.” A visual physical spectacle, HOME combines dance, illusion, live music, home-spun engineering, and an inventive use of audience interaction to compose a work that asks, where is home? If it is not a place, what is home? In the face of entropy, we struggle to build infra- structure, family, community, art. We fail, and we try again.

On stage, a house appears from nothing. It goes up fast, choreographed like time-lapse photography. Residents move in, move out, get evicted, burn it down, loot it, rent it, remodel it, get married and divorced in it, grow up in it, die in it, haunt it — and all the while, they leave and live among traces of residents present, past, and future. They throw a party, as if everyone who ever lived there could cohabitate, transcending the logic of time and space.

Photo: Jonathan Potter