"Powerful and Fascinating."
-The New York Times
March 29 & 30 • 7:30pm
March 31 • 8:00pm
April 1 • 3:00pm
Alexander Kasser Theater
Choreographed by Lee Sher and Saar Harari
Creating Performers - Jye-Hwei Lin, Hsin-Yi Hsiang, Hyerin Lee, Candice Schnurr, Lee Sher, Saar Harari
Lighting and Stage Design by Avi Yona and Bueno (Bambi)
Props by Nung-Hsin Hu
Join us for a Community Conversation with choreographers Lee Sher and Saar Harari, moderated by Charmaine Warren, after the March 31st performance!
In the world premiere of FAME, an international company of seven performers will strive to reach moments of fame as viewed through numerous pop culture filters and reference points. Utilizing an extremely physical and sensual performance style, truths are told and fragile secrets revealed as the audience strives to interpret the difference between what is seen… and what is perceived. Even the word itself - "Fame" - conjures up mental images of false realities, without exploring the unintended consequences of reaching for the stars. Lady Gaga, Grace Jones, David Bowie, and Broadway have all tackled the subject, now LeeSaar the Company will change the way you look at how we reach for the stars.
Director/writer Lee Sher and dancer/choreographer Saar Harari joined the Israeli military at age 18, as is required of all citizens. After their service, both entered upon a life in the performing arts, bringing their intense focus and drive along with them.
In 2004, the pair arrived in New York City armed with little else but an immense talent and even greater determination. By 2005, the duo had so impressed the arts establishment that they were awarded American green cards for excellence in the performing arts. Since then, they have blown away both critics and audiences alike with each new work.
Commissioned by Peak Performances @ Montclair State (NJ), Fusebox Festival and testperformancetest (Austin, TX). Developed in residence at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Funded in part by the National Dance Project (NDP) of the New England Foundation for the Arts. NDP is supported by lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust. Additional funding by The Greenwall Foundation; the Asian Culture Council; the MAP Fund, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockfeller Foundation; and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.