Photos by Maria Baranova

The audience is a voyeur at a lively social gathering. Popular music, fizzy drinks, and friendly chatter hit the marks of a playful party, but something’s not quite right. Bit by bit, The Reception depicts an uncanny cracking at the seams, as the revelers contend with an increasingly unanchored world.  Created and performed with a guest list of New York dance-world luminaries that spans the decades, The Reception, delves into the dark underbelly of how we socialize and entertain.

Co-Creation: Sean Donovan and Sebastián Calderón Bentin
Direction: Sebastián Calderón Bentin
Choreography: Sebastián Calderón Bentin and Sean Donovan in collaboration with the company of performers
Performers: Jane Comfort, Leslie Cuyjet, Sean Donovan, Hannah Heller, Ishmael Houston-Jones
Sound: Brandon Wolcott
Set Design: Neal Wilkinson
Lighting: Mandy Ringger
Costume Design: Felix Ciprián

Made possible through support from HERE Arts Center, The Bushwick Starr, Art Matters Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Rosin Fund, and New York University.