ABOUT DONOVAN + CALDERON

Sebastián Calderón Bentin and Sean Donovan make new theater works that are preoccupied with the way political questions emerge out of playful investigations of the everyday. They have explored this dynamic in different ways: The Reception looked at liberal denial and a decaying world through the structure of a never-ending party. In Se Vende a site-specific performance in Panama, they investigated American retirees in Panama City and the class divide between rich foreign investors and local Panamanians. The Climate Chronicles, looked at the culture and behavior of the scientific, diplomatic, and activist communities that have formed around the issue of climate change. Their performance installation 18 ½ Minutes investigated the gap in the Nixon Oval Office tapes and broader questions of surveillance. Their entry points into political questions are open, surreal explorations of the behavior, habits and argot of the peoples that inhabit these spaces and institutions since any observation on the political is ultimately an observation on human nature.

DONOVAN & CALDERÓN have been in collaboration since 2003. Their work has been commissioned and presented at such venues as HERE Arts Center, Incubator Arts Project, FAE Festival in Panama, Stanford University, New York University, JACK, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and others. They’ve received residencies from Stanford University (2013), HERE Arts Center from (2014-2017 through the HARP program), The Bushwick Starr and BAX. Their work has been funded by Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Art Matters Foundation, The Rosin Fund, Stanford University, New York University, and The Brooklyn Arts Council.

While DONOVAN & CALDERÓN are longtime collaborators 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 an actor, dancer, writer, choreographer and director. He creates original dance theater works in collaboration with Sebastián Calderón Bentin under the under the collaborative title, Donovan & Calderón. Their work has been presented at HERE Arts Center, JACK, Incubator Arts Project, FAE Festival in Panama, Stanford University, and New York University.

As a performer, he’s been nominated twice for a Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance (2014, 2017) for his work with Faye Driscoll, Miguel Gutierrez, Jane Comfort, The Builders Association, Witness Relocation, Jennie Marytai Liu, Steve Wangh, John Jesurun, and many others. In New York, he has performed at such places as BAM, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, PS122, HERE Arts Center, The Joyce Theater, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, Incubator Arts Project, NYLA, La MaMa E.T.C., The Chocolate Factory, and others. Recent credits include Thank You for Coming: PLAY at BAM Fisher and national tour, Thank You For Coming: Attendance at Danspace Project and an international tour, Age & Beauty Part 2 at NYLA, and House/Divided at BAM (NY) along with a national tour.

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, Argentina, Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Thailand and Japan working with the highly acclaimed Ildi! Eldi of France and Sankai Juku Butoh company of Japan. He has also performed at theaters and universities throughout the U.S.

Sebastián Calderón Bentin (b. Panama City, Panama) is a New York-based scholar and performance-maker. He has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Anna Deavere Smith, John Jesurun, Witness Relocation, Ann Carlson, Faye Driscoll, and the Institute of Failure led by Tim Etchells and Matthew Goulish. 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 which won Best Performance by the International Association of Art Critics/USA. He performs regularly with the Chicago-based theater company Every House Has a Door including most recently The Three Matadors (2017), 9 Beginnings: Chicago(2014) and 9 Beginnings: Bristol (2014, 2012). Sebastián received a B.F.A. in Theater and an M.A. in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts/NYU. He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University and currently teaches in the Department of Drama at New York University.

 

COLLABORATORS

Jeremiah Barber
Felix Ciprián
Paige Collette
Jane Comfort
Leslie Cuyjet
Mark Dendy
Hannah Heller
Ishmael Houston Jones
John Jesurun
Tyler Kieffer
Angrette McCloskey
Derek Phillips
Randi Rivera
Jay Ryan
Dan Safer
Laura Berlin Stinger
Neal Wilkinson
Brandon Wolcott