Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 4pm
Dan Hurlin is a writer, director, choreographer, actor, designer, puppet/object maker and a celebrated puppeteer and performance artist. Recent works include “Everyday Uses for Sight” which Hurlin describes as “a loose collection of puppet pieces being made out of order, that examines the personal, emotional, political intellectual and sociological ramifications of the sense of sight: How and why we see, do not see, or choose not to see the world around us.” His most recent performance, “The Day the Ketchup Turned Blue” is based on a story by playwright John C. Russell, who died of AIDS in 1994 at 31. A fantastic and surreal extravaganza about teapots, cups, and hammers caught in an absurd conflict, the toy theater show takes place on a dinner table set with blue and white delftware.
Hurlin was named the 2013/14 Jesse Howard Junior Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Art at the American Academy in Rome, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in choreography in 2002, and the 2008 USA artists Prudential Fellowship in Theater. Dan has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital and the New York State Foundation for the Arts. He is currently the Director of the Graduate Program in Theater at Sarah Lawrence College, where he teaches performance art, dance and puppetry.