Tina Satter / Half Straddle

House of Dance

The ordinary, yet extraordinary world of a tap dance studio

Brooklyn-based Tina Satter is a promising playwright in NY contemporary theater. Named a New York Times Critics Pick in her 30’s, Satter is the artistic director of the theater company Half Straddle and brings the company’s recent critically acclaimed show, House of Dance to Kyoto Experiment 2014. At a small town tap studio, four dancers and their instructor prepare for a competition while struggling through their everyday lives and relationships. They are neither stars nor particularly talented. It is a story about their mundane and naïve lives. Despite their yearnings for success in the big city, their reality – hope being unfulfilled and in vain, is depicted with irony. The very prosy dialogue and outstanding tap performance delivered by its extraordinary actors are a must see. Titillating, cryptic yet quotidian, this show is true to our real life experience.

Multi-purpose Hall, Kyoto Art Center
Englishwith Japanese subtitles
Written and directed:Tina Satter
PerformersJess Barbagallo, Jim Fletcher, Paul Pontrelli, Adrienne Truscott
Composer/Music directorChris Giarmo
ChoreographerHannah Heller
Set designAndreea Mincic
Lighting designZack Tinkelman
Costume designEnver Chakartash
Japanese subtitlesMika Eglinton
Originally produced:Richard Maxwell
Stage managerMaurina Lioce
Production internsEric Larson and Hanna Lea Novak
PublicityBlake Zidell & Associates
Half Straddle producerAaron Rosenblum
Half Straddle associate producerSarah Hughes
A co-production withNew York City Players, House of Dance premiered at Abrons Arts Center in Oct. 2013 and ran again in Coil in Jan. 2014.
Presented byKyoto Experiment