Cherie Dre

Created and performed by Sacha Yanow
Premiere: Danspace Project in NYC October 25-27th, 2018 

Director: Caitlin Sullivan
Choreographer: Faye Driscoll
Voice and Sound: Holland Andrews
Video: Sasha Wortzel
Set: Cate McCrea
Costumes: Ásta Bennie Hostetter
Lighting: Alejandro Fajardo
Outside Eyes: Morgan Bassichis
Creative Producer: Melissa Levin

Cherie Dre, a new solo performance, is a meditation on desire, belonging, and matrilineal legacy. A fraught romance between showgirl Cherie Dre and Yanow’s grandmother, Shirley, unfolds alongside the rise and fall of the famed Concord Resort Hotel. Through movement, text, and music, Yanow creates an intimate history of the Jewish Borscht Belt, mental illness, cultural assimilation, political repression, and gender trouble, from the Bronx to the Catskills.

Read an essay about the piece by curator and writer Ali Rosa-Salas HERE.

The creation of Cherie Dre was made possible, in part, by the Danspace Project 2018-19 Commissioning Initiative, with support from the Jerome Foundation.Development support for Cherie Dre was provided by BAC Space residency (Spring 2018), CPR Technical Residency (Spring 2018), Denniston Hill (Summer 2018 & 2017), Hurleyville Arts Centre (Summer 2018 & 2017), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space Residency (March, 2016), and by a residency-based exhibition at the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College (September 9–October 9, 2016), curated by Stephanie Snyder. 


New Yorker - Goings on About Town, October 2018
Jewish Currents - Conversation between Yanow and artist Sasha Wortzel, October 2018
Critical Correspondence - Conversation between Yanow and curator Lydia Bell, October 2018
Oregonian - Fall Season pick 2016

Past Performance Dates:
October 25-27th, 2018 Danspace Project in New York City (world premiere)
October 18th, 2017 Wesleyan University (work-in-progress showing)
August 19th, 2017 Hurleyville Arts Center, Hurleyville, NY (Denniston Hill residency showing)
September 25th, 2016 Women and Performance evening at CPR in New York (work-in-progress showing).
September 9th, 2016 The Cooley Gallery at Reed College/PICA TBA Festival, Portland, OR (immersive installation opening) 

Cherie Dre was presented at the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, as an immersive installation September 9–October 9, 2016, curated by Stephanie Snyder. Click HERE for installation images and information.