Presented by Abrons Arts Center and Ping Chong and Company
photos 1+3: Alex Munro | photo 2: Maria Baranova
With the help of a gingerbread minstrel and a duo of Dimes Square vape addicts, Nile Harris leads a raucous ensemble of instigators towards an insurrection of a bounce house to ask: why “you niggas in trouble”?
Nile Harris’s this house is not a home returns to Abrons Arts Center after its celebrated sold out run this past summer. The experimental play is an assemblage of embodied expressions. The artist turns to performance lecture, minstrelsy, and dance to intervene on the tradition of theater and narrate incisive cultural critiques inspired by collaborations with his close friend, the late interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker Trevor Bazile (born Miami, FL, 1996-2021). For Harris, the vapid and at times, comedic absurdity of liberalism haunts the present day. A bounce castle, saturated in saccharine reds and yellows, evocative of childhood play, represents instead the sinister monuments that come and go in the wake of contemporary social and political catastrophe: a besieged U.S capital, a “well-intentioned” arts institution, and the insidious allyship of white liberal America, all come crumbling down. Harris, with collaborators Crackhead Barney and Malcom-x Betts is astute in churning the wheels of discomfort as he asks the following figuratively and literally: What does it mean to be an American today? Will the revolution have 501c3 status? And most importantly, why “you niggas in trouble?”
Director and Performer: Nile Harris
Performers: Crackhead Barney, Malcolm-x Betts, Cricket Brown, Tony Jenkins, Brandi Mckinnon
Scenic Designer: Dyer Rhoads
Lighting Designer: Thom Weaver
Fight Choreographer: Hasseim Muhammed
Costume Design: Victor Jeffreys II with additional garments by Malcolm-x Betts
Sound Design: slowdanger & GENG PTP, with additional process contributions by Akeema Zane
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Nile Harris is a performer and director of live works of art. He is a member of the Artistic Leadership Team at Ping Chong and Company and is currently working on commissions at The Shed and Performance Space New York. He has collaborated with artists including Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Tina Satter, Robert Wilson, Malcolm-x Betts, Anh Vo, and Crackhead Barney.
this house is not a home is co-commissioned and co-presented by Abrons Arts Center and Ping Chong and Company, with funding from Abrons Arts Center’s Performance AIRspace Residency which is supported by the Jerome Foundation.
this house is not a home was created in part at The Watermill Center– a laboratory for performance through the Baroness Nina Von Maltzen Fellowship for Performing Artists.