SUITE/Space 2021 | Sean Devare
First Violin: darshan
a biomythography installation created by
ADDITIONAL MUSIC AND SOUND CONTRIBUTIONS BY
December 9, 10, 11 at 9pm
150 First Avenue, NYC 10009
An act of defiance leaves the half-breed demon king of Lanka trapped under a mountain for a thousand years. In his isolation, he dismembers himself to fashion a stringed instrument that becomes the oldest ancestor of the violin, and composes a song of devotion to win the favor of the Great Destroyer and earn his liberation.
First Violin: darshan is the latest incarnation of Sean Devare’s ongoing artistic explorations of the epic poem The Ramayan. The gallery after hours becomes a prison, a temple, and a concert hall in a series of autobiographical and musical meditations on the re-creation and reclamation of this king of instruments and symbol of the model minority. 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 was presented in an exclusive audio format for SUITE/Space Digital and Mixed Asian Media’s inaugural online festival as ’Anugraha EP.’ Sean’s work explores questions of cultural inheritance and fluidity through reinterpreting folklore and Asian diasporic performance traditions, from mask-making and shadow puppetry to Carnatic violin. He has worked on original collaborative performance 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