DiverseWorks Presents Karen Sherman: One with Others

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Jennifer Gardner
Director of External Affairs, DiverseWorks

Karen Sherman, One with Others, pictured L to R: Jeffrey Wells, Joanna  Furnans. Photo by Aaron Rosenblum.

Karen Sherman, One with Others, pictured L to R: Jeffrey Wells, Joanna
Furnans. Photo by Aaron Rosenblum.

DiverseWorks presents Karen Sherman: One with Others

May 2 & 3, 2014, 7:30 pm presented at The Barn 2201 Preston Street Houston, TX 77003

(Houston, TX, April 16, 2014) – DiverseWorks presents the Houston premiere of choreographer Karen Sherman’s One with Others, a multi-media dance work that’s part movement, part spoken word, part found-object art installation, and part construction project. One with Others will be presented at The Barn on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 pm. Each performance will be followed by a talk back with Sherman. Tickets are $15 general admission, and $10 for DiverseWorks members, students, and seniors. One with Others will be performed by Joanna Furnans, Don Mabley-Allen, and Karen Sherman.

Dance, words, and scrap wood are the raw materials for One with Others, an examination of who we become due to the choices we make — or that others make for us. Crude, handmade wooden appendages — part prop, part prosthetic, part costume —stand alongside text and choreography to form a trio of jerry-rigged tools that dismantle and cobble back together affinities, art, and what it means to be seen, handled, used, and needed.

DiverseWorks Executive Director Elizabeth Dunbar on One With Others:
“Karen’s work is really appealing to us because it not only crosses the boundaries between disciplines, but also engages creative individuals from various backgrounds. Her work transcends a single definition of what dance can be, by using objects as well as movement to communicate ideas–which has been a central topic for DiverseWorks of late. Combining choreography, sculpture, and installation, her work is able to speak to multiple audiences simultaneously, from those with a deep knowledge of dance to those who come at it from a visual arts perspective.”


Hi-res downloadable images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3l3je0vmvugdguu/D7cuQiYWpx DiverseWorks website: http://www.diverseworks.org
Tickets: https://diverseworks.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0OA0000009SG3kMAG

Karen Sherman’s work has been presented by P.S. 122, Danspace Project, Walker Art Center, Fusebox Festival, PICA/TBA Festival, Studio 303, ODC, and many others. She has received numerous awards for her work as a choreographer, performer, and designer, including a 2007 “Bessie” Award for her performance in Morgan Thorson’s Faker, McKnight Fellowships in Choreography and Dance, a Bush Foundation Fellowship, residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Movement Research, Vermont Performance Lab and the Bogliasco Foundation in Liguria, Italy. She has worked with a range of artists, including Sally Silvers, Morgan Thorson, NTUSA, Circus Amok, Emily Johnson, Lisa D’Amour, Katie Pearl, Heidi Dorow/The Love Everybody Players, Dan Hurlin, the feminist pop-punk band, Le Tigre, and many more. Her background in nearly every facet of arts production as a technical director, designer, and technician informs each aspect of her work. Her writing, including essays and poetry, has been featured on many live, web and print forums, including The Movement Research Performance Journal, Culture Bodega, The Performance Club, and The Triumph of Poverty: Poems Inspired by the Work of Nicole Eisenman.

One with Others was made possible in part with a research and development residency and co- production support by Vermont Performance Lab with funding support from the New England Foundation for the Art’s National Dance Project with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and VPL’s Creation Fund donors. The creation and presentation of One with Others is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with the New England Foundation for the Arts through the National Dance Project. Major support for NDP is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation. Support from the NEA provides funding for choreographers in the early stages of their careers. General Operating support was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. This project was also made possible through the generous support of The Jerome Foundation, The Map Fund and InRez at Studio 206. One with Others is a sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts, a nonprofit arts service organization.

Additional In-Kind Support: Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Topo Chico USA


DiverseWorks is a non-profit art center in Houston, Texas dedicated to commissioning and presenting new visual, performing, and literary art. DiverseWorks is a place where the process of creating art is valued and where artists can test new ideas in the public arena. By encouraging the investigation of current artistic, cultural, and social issues, DiverseWorks builds, educates, and sustains audiences for contemporary art.


DiverseWorks is a NPN Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN Performance Residency Program. Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: www.npnweb.org. DiverseWorks Season Sponsors: The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, The Houston Endowment, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts


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