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University Settlement's Performance Project is a public performance project that finds concrete ways to reestablish and articulate the importance of the arts within the education system and the community at large. Performances include established, new and emerging artists. We are committed to creatively incorporating artists into programming at University Settlement, including our after-school programs, The Door, the Houston Street Center and the Beacon. Artists can work with specific programs or age groups and propose participant workshops, professional development trainings, community events or interactive art making experiences.

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Hineni (Here I am): Sasha Soreff Dance Theater

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 7:30pm

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7:30pm

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7:30pm

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 7:30pm

Ticket Information
General $15
Students & Seniors $10


In this new dance performance by Sasha Soreff Dance Theater, ancient stories of divine calling are juxtaposed with our contemporary struggles to be present to the moments that define us. Inspired by the moments in which a biblical protagonist responds to a divine call-to-action - Abraham and the intended sacrifice of his son, or Moses at the burning bush – Hineni, Hebrew for 'here I am,' compels us to ask: What are the defining moments we face in our lives, to heed a call, to claim our space, to take action? How do we respond?

SSDT Dancers Desira Barnes, Nathan Duszny, Ryan Leveille, Mika Yanagihara and Ana Romero will be joined onstage by participants from The Door, University Settlement's long-standing partner organization for at-risk youth. An artist-in-residence at University Settlement, Soreff has collaborated with members of The Door to produce "lifemaps" that chart their own personal narratives that are then incorporated into the performance.
Set to an original score by Israeli composer Yoav Shemesh, Hineni focuses on particular cultural and religious traditions to develop a piece that speaks across ethnic, religious and language differences.

Discussions will be held after the performances, led by:

  • Rabbi Ellen Lippmann, Kolot Chayeinu (April 9)
  • Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, Director of The Center for Jewish Living, The JCC in Manhattan (April 10)
  • Omega Dance Company directors Katie Bignell, Margaret Plaza and Rebecca Reuter (April 11)
  • Dr. Sarah Sayeed, Director of Community Partnerships, Interfaith Center of New York (April 12)

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