Feminist performance platform, Ninth Planet, presents a radical new performance work for very young audiences in partnership with Painted Bride Art Center in October 2018. Homeworld is a gentle dance performance created for babies, ages 3 to 18 months, and their caregivers, inspired by coral and oceanic creatures. From October 5 – 14, it will be performed 14 times for 10 families at once inside a glowing white tent. The performance space invites discovery and play through gentle dance and soft, sculptural installations that you can explore from all sides. Babies and their caregivers are invited to crawl, explore, and follow their curiosities throughout the installation. Encouraging positive attachment between baby and carer, Homeworld is an intimate collage of electronic sounds, surprising movements, and interactive play.
Ninth Planet has been workshopping the performance over the last year with Philadelphia families through support from Headlong and Children’s Community School. Parents are already gushing about Homeworld.
Ninth Planet company members Sam Tower, Nia Benjamin, Katie Croyle, and Jeremy Gable take a departure from their feminist noir dance-performance repertoire to venture into the realm of performance for the very young, utilizing research into early childhood development to intertwine their skills as devisers, directors, and playwrights to create an engaging, interactive installation that stimulates baby’s awareness.
During the first year of a baby’s life, they are forming new pathways in the brain that support confidence, social skills, and an understanding of causal relationships, as well as forging a lifelong attachment to their caregivers. Learning how to play and investigate freely within new surroundings supports the formation of a secure attachment. The installation for Homeworld provides an opportunity for babies to discover new people, textures, sounds, and ideas while their caregiver is close by; allowing them to play, search, explore, and return to their carer as a secure home base.
Three performers fill the space with playful dances, inviting the audience to follow their curiosity inside this strange new ecosystem. Employing a dramaturgy of the senses, Homeworld is a beautiful, relaxed space where families with very young children can enjoy the experience of live performance together.
Following in the enterprising footsteps of PAPAYA, Ninth Planet brings this progressive new work to the historic Painted Bride Art Center through their Micro-Residency Program. Homeworld continues the Bride’s mission of pushing artistic boundaries; bringing the transformational experience of live performance to one of Philadelphia’s most underserved audience: babies and their caregivers.
a performance installation for babies and their caregivers
October 5th @ 10AM
October 6th @ 10AM, 12:30PM, and 3:00PM
October 7th @ 10AM, 12:30PM, and 3:00PM
October 12th @ 10AM
October 13th @ 10AM, 12:30PM, and 3:00PM
October 14th @ 10AM, 12:30PM, and 3:00PM
Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St, Philadelphia
***photo credit: Kate Raines