Hotel Savoy

A blendwerk production
Presented in association with the Goethe-Institut New York

“You are checking into an hour of existential angst, with only your spiritual baggage for company…Certainly my hour inside put me in the mood for Halloween.” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“The building exerts a strange pull over its visitors” – Helen Shaw, Time Out New York

“I don’t want to give anything away, on the off chance that you squeeze in…I’d recommend simply wandering until they come for you. And don’t worry, they’ll come for you. They always come for you.” – Scott Brown, NY Magazine

“There’s hardly a short age of Halloween attractions this time of year, but few are as haunting as Hotel Savoy – Frank Scheck, NY Post

“At only $25 per night, Hotel Savoy provides budget travelers with a distinct theatrical bargain” – Alexis Soloski, The Village Voice

CRITICS’ PICK – Backstage

With its overlapping of Joseph Roth’s novel, reality, and contemporary history, HOTEL SAVOY opens up a world between dream and reality in the history-laden and often unseen spaces of 1014 5th Avenue. Visitors become guests in the empty hotel and encounter past employees: an elevator operator, a young maid, the hotel barber, the concierge, and a barmaid. These gatekeepers lead us into remote corners of the building, into unreal hotel rooms and real salons still haunted by spirits of past occupants. Against the background of this surreal through-station for German exiles, visitors are faced with questions about their own heritage in these restless and unanchored times. Guests play the lead role in their brief stay at the Hotel Savoy.

Concept, Staging, Spaces: Dominic Huber
Artistic Collaboration, Dramaturgy: Anne Hoelck
Sound Design: Knut Jensen
Coaching, Collaboration Script: Lara Koerte

Fabian Offert (Assistant Director, Props and Set Dressing)
Paula Reissig (Assistant Director, Props and Set Dressing, Documentation)
Phillip Gulley (Assistant Cast)

With: Wickham Boyle, Howard des Chenes, Tom Gallucio, Léna Greenberg, Chandler Gregoire, Timothy Hospodar, Michael Simmons, Richard Stein, Issac Taylor, Heather Warner

Co-Producer blendwerk: Dominic Huber
Production Goethe Institut: Philipp Leist

Michael Sanabria (Technical Supervisor Goethe Institut)
Nick Bixby (Technical Producer)
Joe Cantalupo (Light Technician)
Brendan Regimbal (Sound Technician)
Ryan Holsopple (Sound Technician)
Brandon Morris (Construction)
Andrew Scoville (Construction)
Lisa Pfister (Construction)

Thanks to:
Claudia and Daniel Huber, Gian Manuel Rau, Ingrid Scheib-Rothbart

Dominic Huber began working in the theatre while studying architecture at ETH in Zürich. In 2000 he founded the company blendwerk with lighting designer Christa Wenger. In collaboration with the director Bernhard Mikeska, Huber conceptualized and produced a series of scenographically and technically complex performances (Rashomon, Ghosts, Marienbad) under the rubric mikeska:plus:blendwerk which were invited for guest performances by numerous theatrical venues, including Impulse and the Fajr Festival in Teheran. Along with his work as a set designer, Dominic has developed a series of installations and exhibitions. His first large projects took him from Zürich to Theater Basel, and then on to Berlin for numerous jobs at, among others, the Maxim Gorki Theater, where in 2002 he presented a piece he directed, Koppstoff, based on the book by Feridun Zaimoglu. Along with Berlin’s Hebbel am Ufer, other venues included Theater Aachen, Theatre de Vidy-Lausanne, the Munich Kammerspiele and the Schauspielhaus in Zürich. He has created spaces for, among others, Susanne-Marie Wrage, Simone Aughterlony, and PeterLicht. Since 2008 he has worked in an ongoing collaboration with Stefan Kaegi and Lola Arias. In 2008 he received a three-month stipend from the city of Zürich for a working stay in New York. Dominic Huber lives in Zürich and Berlin. https://www.blendwerk.ch/

Photo by Paula Reissig

WORLD PREMIERE | Live Art | Offsite

All performances at 1014 Fifth Avenue, NY

The uptown site of the Goethe-Institut New York
(opposite the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
MAP

Thursday, September 30 –
Sunday, October 31, 2010

Wednesday – Sunday 5:30 – 9:45

Your personal journey through the hotel lasts approximately 1 hour*
Timed-entry tickets available for the following intervals: 5:30, 5:45, 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, 7, 7:15, 8, 8:15, 8:30, 8:45, 9, 9:15, 9:30, 9:45

$25, $15 (student/senior)

Thursday Night Social: September 30
6:45pm – Midnight @ Orsay

*LIMITED ACCESS:
Only 1 audience member enters the Hotel Savoy at a time. Due to the precise nature of the performance schedule, you must arrive at 1014 5th Avenue no later than 10 minutes prior to your reservation time in order to check in and use your ticket. Please note that you may be asked to wait for up to 20 minutes in between arrival and entry. There is an indoor waiting area available.

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