SUITE/Space 2020 – Sean Devare
First Violin: Anugraha EP
Created and performed by
Additional music and sound contributions by
Performances – Live Streaming
October 23 and 25 at 7pm
An act of defiance leaves the half-breed demon king of Lanka trapped under a mountain for a thousand years. In his isolation, he fashions a stringed instrument that becomes the oldest ancestor of the violin and composes a song of devotion to earn the favor of the Great Destroyer in an attempt to earn his liberation.
First Violin: Anugraha EP will be the first release in a series of autobiographical musical meditations by Sean Devare on the re-creation, rebirth and reclamation of the king of instruments. Additional music and sound elements by Luke Santy.
Sean Devare is a New York-based interdisciplinary performer, designer, musician, writer and director. His solo show ‘First Violin,’ premiered at HERE Arts Center and United Solo Festival, and will return to the stage at Mabou Mines in 2021. Sean’s work explores questions of cultural inheritance and hybridization through reinterpreting folklore and Asian diasporic performance traditions, from mask-making and shadow puppetry to Carnatic violin. He has worked on original ensemble pieces with artists in Singapore, Ecuador, and Sicily, and performed in NYC at BAM, Signature, Target Margin,The Flea and more. Founding member of Trinacria Theatre Company and The Transit Ensemble. MFA Theatre, Sarah Lawrence College; BFA Illustration, RISD. www.seandevare.com
Luke Santy (Musician, Sound Designer) is a Brooklyn-based musician and theater artist particularly interested in the fields of sound design and creative tech. He is Co-Artistic Director and Musical Director of puppet-based theatre company Little Did Productions, which has performed at St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta, GA), and at the National Puppetry Festival (Storrs, CT). Other Favorite Credits include Meditating with My Parents (The Brick, Dixon Place), Lost and Found (EMPAC), LA Party (Dartmouth College), Yo Miss! (Dancer’s Workshop, Jackson Hole, WY), Electricidad (Lehman College). Listen at LUKEINTERNET.bandcamp.com