Written and performed by Sacha Yanow
Premiering at 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
Lighting: Kathy Kaufmann
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.
Writing about the piece by curator and writer Ali Rosa-Salas is HERE, and a behind-the-scenes video is HERE. Both commissioned by the Baryshnikov Arts Center.
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.
Past Performance Dates:
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.