About the event

What are the words that build houses on stage? What does the idea of a house mean to us as a symbol or a literal component of art and performance? Join scholar Bess Rowen as she speaks about the stage directions that build houses on stage and then challenge our conceptions of those structures and symbols. Continuing and building upon the exploration of words staging houses, Ashley Brockington, Cara Francis, and Kyra Sims, members of the New York Neo-Futurists, will present a special interpretation of some of the text for The House of Dust by Alison Knowles. Based on their artistic tenets in the vein of Futurism—short form, original pieces, performed by the performers as themselves—the Neos will surely make us all think about this text in a new and exciting way.

This event is presented as part of Social Choreography, an interdisciplinary research group devoted to intersections between art movements and social movements. The group is supported by the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research. For more information or to join, email [email protected].

Co-sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in Theatre and the Social Choreography Mellon Seminar in Public Engagement and Collaborative Research in the Humanities The Graduate Center, CUNY.




The NeoFuturists' performance begins

Kyra Sims and Ashley Brockinton perform a scene 

The NeoFuturists in "Staging the Clean House of Dust"

Cara Francis in performance

GC Theatre's Bess Rowen facilitates Q&A between the audience and the NeoFuturists