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The Reception Sean Donovan & Sebastián Calderón Bentin

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About the show

In Donovan & Calderón’s latest work, The Reception, 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. The Reception features a multigenerational company of accomplished performers in an intimate, surreal and suspenseful interplay, through a mix of written text and improvised speech and gestural, deliberate choreography. Surrealist cinema, in particular the works of Bunuel and Resnais, Antonioni, and Tati provided a palette of inspiration in the conception of the work. Bit by bit, The Reception depicts an uncanny cracking at the seams, as the revelers contend with an increasingly unanchored world. 


Created by Sean Donovan and Sebastián Calderón Bentin, in collaboration with the company
Co-Directed by Sebastián Calderón Bentin and Sean Donovan
Performed by Jane Comfort, Leslie Cuyjet, Sean Donovan, Hannah Heller, Ishmael Houston-Jones

Set Design: Neal Wilkinson
Lighting Design: Amanda K. Ringger
Sound Design: Brandon Wolcott and Tyler Kieffer
Costume Design: Felix Ciprián
Stage Management: Randi Rivera
Assistant Stage Management: Caroline D'Angelo


The Reception is made possible with funds from Art Matters Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Bushwick Starr, and New York University.

Photo by Maria Baranova

A HERE Resident Artist Production








June 14-24
Tue-Sun @ 8:30pm

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