ABOUT DONOVAN + CALDERON

Starting from an interdisciplinary and international perspective DONOVAN & CALDERÓN draws on the surreal, the banal and the everyday to create new theater work that responds to present social issues. We create performances that address particular social, political and historical questions while exploring the techniques and qualities of theater as a medium.

DONOVAN & CALDERÓN have been in collaboration for the past ten years. Previous works include Not Unclear at New York University (2003), Sublimate at the Galapagos Art Space (2006), their improvisational film, Copy/Edit (2007), and the site-specific bilingual piece, Se Vende (2008) at the FAE Festival in Panama. In 2008 they received a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council for the creation of Equator, which premiered at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange. In 2011 they were Artists-in-Residence at Stanford University where they created The Climate Chronicles. The Climate Chronicles premiered in November 2011 at The Incubator Arts Project, NYC. In 2013 they created 18 ½ Minutes, which premiered at JACK (Brooklyn) in August 2013.  They are currently Artists-in-Residence at HERE Arts Center (NY) as part of the HARP Program.

While DONOVAN & CALDERÓN are longtime collaborators committed to creating original performance as artistic partners, they also make work with many other prestigious artists and companies such as the Obie Award winning Builders Association, Bessie Award winning Faye Driscoll, Jane Comfort and Company, Every House Has a Door, John Jesurun, Witness Relocation, and others.

BIOS

Sean Donovan is a New York based actor, dancer, and writer. In 2014 he was nominated for a BESSIE Award for Outstanding Performance. In addition to his work with Sebastián Calderón Bentin, he performs regularly with Miguel Gutierrez, Faye Driscoll, The Builders Association, Jane Comfort and Company, Witness Relocation, Jennie Marytai Liu, and others.  In New York, he has performed as an actor and dancer at such places as BAM, The Kitchen, PS122, HERE Arts Center, The Joyce Theater, Joyce SoHo, The Duke, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Incubator Arts Project, The Ohio Theatre, New York Live Arts, La MaMa E.T.C., and The Chocolate Factory.  Recent credits include Faye Driscoll’s Thank You For Coming: Attendance at Danspace Project (NY) and world tour, Miguel Gutierrez’s Age & Beauty: Part 2 at New York Live Arts (NY) and world tour, House/Divided at BAM (NY) along with a national tour, Heaven on Earth at LaMaMa ETC. (NY) and Les Subsistance, Lyon France; Soul Leaves Her Body at HERE Arts Center (NY); Faith Healing at Joyce SoHo (NY) and a national tour; and Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale at the Castleton Opera Festival (VA) conducted by the world-renowned Lorin Maazel. He received his BFA in Theatre from New York University’s Experimental Theatre Wing. He has trained and performed internationally in France, Holland, Romania, Poland, Russia, Panama, Canada, Thailand and Japan working with the highly acclaimed Ildi! Eldi of France and Sankai Juku Butoh company of Japan.  He has taught workshops in theater and dance at Stanford University, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Swarthmore College, and others.

Sebastián Calderón Bentin is an actor, director, and scholar. In addition to his work with Sean Donovan, he has performed with Witness Relocation, Every House Has a Door, Anna Deavere Smith, John Jesurun, Ann Carlson, Faye Driscoll, Gisela Cardenas, Tim Etchells and Matthew Goulish’s Institute of Failure, and the International Contemporary Ensemble, among others. Collaborations with Every house Has a Door include 9 Beginnings (2012), TESSERACT (2009) and The Midnight Stratum (2008). With Witness Relocation he has performed in In a Hall in the Palace of Pyrrhus (2006), Dancing Vs. The Rat Experiment (2006), and Schreibstück (2008, 2010). As part of PERFORMA 07, he appeared in Allan Kaprow’s 18 Happenings in 6 Parts (Re-doing) directed by André Lepecki at Deitch Studios.  Mr. Calderón Bentin holds a B.F.A. in Theater from the Experimental Theater Wing and an M.A. in Performance Studies both from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University where he recently directed Gertrude Stein’s Everyday Afternoon (2011).

COLLABORATORS

Jeremiah Barber
Paige Collette
Leslie Cuyjet
Mark Dendy
Hannah Heller
Ishmael Houston Jones
John Jesurun
Mia Katigbak
Angrette McCloskey
Derek Phillips
Jay Ryan
Dan Safer
Laura Berlin Stinger
Brandon Wolcott