"'Dancing With the Stars' it most definitely is not. And that’s part of what makes Tina Satter’s 'House of Dance,' at the Abrons Arts Center, so very refreshing." -- Ben Brantley, New York Times, Critic's Pick
"House of Dance," written and directed by Tina Satter, premiered in 2013 at Abrons Art Center, in New York City. It has gone on to be presented in Japan, Portugal, Zurich, and other cities in the U.S.
Writer/director Tina Satter uses the performative claustrophobia of a tap dance studio to frame and consider the energies and desires of individuals looking for larger meaning in tap dance and indirectly each other. At a small town studio, four dancers prepare for a competition. Tensions flare and dead dreams fly back to life as the head instructor (Obie Award-winning Jim Fletcher) teaches his student the ways of the stage. Satter’s stylized writing and direction creates a heightened reality – an intimate, heartfelt look into defining oneself through the context of others. House of Dance creates an at once theatrical and realistic environment in which dance sections become more virtuosic, piano accompaniment evolves into full-blown songs, and interactions between characters heighten as we see the fears and vulnerability inherent in any attempt to communicate with those right around you.
Writer & Director Tina Satter
Composer & Sound Designer Chris Giarmo
Performers Jess Barbagallo, Jim Fletcher, Elizabeth DeMent, Paul Pontrelli
Set Designer Andreea Mincic
Lighting Designer Zack Tinkelman
Choreographer Hannah Heller
Costume Designer Enver Chakartash
Stage Manager Randi Rivera
Associate Producer Lindsay Hockaday