The People to Come Info

The People to Come was a Bessie-nominated, participatory performance installation that invited audience members to become part of the work unfolding before them. Anyone could contribute pictures, text, or video on or at the site of performance. This material became the inspiration for each performer. Working in consecutive 19-minute intervals–gathering inspiration, developing and rehearsing, and performing–the performers took material and created an original dance, turning words, images, and ideas from the contributors into a live performance. Mundane and sublime, prosaic and virtuosic, The People to Come was the effort of five performers making a dance and the chance that the audience would recognize themselves in it.


Direction & Choreography: Yanira Castro
Performance & Choreography: Simon Courchel, Luke Miller, Peter Musante, Peter Schmitz, Darrin Wright
Installation/Lighting/Costume Designer: Kathy Couch
Web Director: Sam Lerner
Composer: Stephan Moore
Archivists: Tess Dworman + Kirsten Schnittker + Kimberly Young


The People to Come was presented at five venues:
The Yard (Work-in-Progress), Sep 12, 2012
Vermont Performance Lab (Preview), Sep 29, 2012
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts (Premiere), Oct 25 & 26th, 2012
SPACE Gallery, April 6, 2013
The Invisible Dog Art Center (New York Premiere), June 25-29th, 2013



The People to Come is made possible in part with co-production support by Vermont Performance Lab and funding from The Jerome Foundation. Support and composer commission funds are provided by New Music USA’s Live Music for Dance program.

People was developed through a 2013 Choreography Fellowship and a 2012 Media Residency Fellowship at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, and development residencies at The Yard, Vermont Performance Lab and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space program through a real estate donation from Savanna.

The performances of People at The Yard, Vermont Performance Lab, Brown University’s Granoff Center for the Creative Arts and Space Gallery are funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. The performances at Granoff were made possible by the Creative Arts Council at Brown University and at SPACE Gallery by a Maine Arts Commission grant.

The New York Premiere of The People to Come was sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC), and is made possible, in part, by The Invisible Dog’s Kickstarter donors, and by a canary torsi‘s Kickstarter donors to bring People home to New York.

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