World Premiere

Secondary Dominance

January 6, 7, and 11-14, 2017 at HERE's Dorothy B. Williams Theatre

Sarah Small, a master of sonic moving images, multi-genre artist and creator of The Delirium Constructions, invites you to an evening of highly improbable intimacy exploring the interpersonal quests of diverse personalities. In 13 micro-movements, she synthesizes genres from Balkan folk to contemporary chamber, industrial, renaissance, rock, rap, and punk, while interweaving live and recorded electronics, Chinese sheng, strings, winds, and densely packed vocals. Working in her signature Tableau Vivant form, the music is complemented by gestural choreography and projections, including the world premiere of Black Sea Hotel’s first music video. Secondary Dominance is a unique multimedia experience that unfolds as lush living pictures rife with honesty and mistakes, ferocity and hilarity.


Secondary Dominance is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Choreographer: Vanessa Walters
Video Designer: Luke Norby
Lighting Designer: Ayumu “Poe” Saegusa
Backtrack Engineer: Don Godwin
Sound Designer: Beth Lake
Costume Designer: Jessica Cronin
Production Manager: Libby Jensen
Stage Manager: Kaleigh Bernier

Jessica, The Light: Jennifer Keane
Jessica, The Color: Eliza S. Tollett
Jessica, The Water: Carmella Lauer
The Wind: Peter Hess
The Flower: Shelley Thomas
The Cello: Marta Bagratuni
The Mother: Gloria Jung
The Father: Henry Packer
Jessica Brainstorm
The Stranger

Music Video:
Performers: Black Sea Hotel
Director: Josephine Decker

Additional credits:
Production Coordinator: Christopher Stratis
Casting Director: Annie McCain Engman
Assistant Production Manager: Steven Brenman
Audio Engineer: Travis Wright