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Okwui Okpokwasili
Apr. 3 — Apr. 4, 2015

Work in Progress Showing / BRIC House Artist Studio
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Dan Hurlin's Disfarmer. Photo by Richard Termine.^8 Dan Hurlin's Disfarmer. Photo by Richard Termine.^8

Dan Hurlin

Dan Hurlin received a 1990 Village Voice OBIE award for his solo adaptation of Nathanael West’s “A COOL MILLION,” and his suite of puppet pieces “EVERYDAY USES FOR SIGHT: Nos. 3 & 7” (2000) earned him a 2001 New York Dance and Performance
award (a.k.a. “BESSIE”). His 1992 solo “QUINTLAND” earned sculptor Donna Dennis a New York Dance and Performance award “BESSIE” for visual design, and in 1998, he was nominated for an American Theater Wing Design award for his set design for his music theater piece “THE SHOULDER” (music by Dan Moses Schreier). His full-length puppet piece, “HIROSHIMA MAIDEN,” (2004) with an OBIE award winning score by Robert Een, was awarded a UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionette) citation of Excellence. Other works include “WHO’S HUNGRY?/WEST HOLLYWOOD” (2008) and “WHO’S HUNGRY?/SANTA MONICA,” (2010), a suite of puppet pieces based on the oral histories of homeless and food insecure residents of Los Angeles, collected by Dan Froot, and “DISFARMER” (2009) which premiered at St. Ann’s Warehouse, the making of which was chronicled in filmmaker David Soll’s documentary, “PUPPET.” Earlier performance works include “NO(thing so powerful as) TRUTH,” (1995); “CONSTANCE AND FERDINAND” (1991) (with Victoria Marks); “THE JAZZ SECTION” (1989) (with Dan Froot); and his toy theater piece “THE DAY THE KETCHUP TURNED BLUE” (1997) from the short story by John C. Russell which still tours regularly. He has performed with Ping Chong, Janie Geiser, and Jeffrey M. Jones, and directed premieres of works by Erik Ehn, Lisa Kron, Holly Hughes, Dan Froot and John C. Russell among others. Formerly the Artistic Director of Andy’s Summer Playhouse in Wilton, New Hampshire, Dan currently teaches performance art, dance and puppetry at Sarah Lawrence College where also serves as the director of the graduate program in theatre. His work has been supported by three Rockefeller Map grants, as well as grants from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Greenwall Foundation, the Jim Henson Foundation, the Helios Foundation, and many others. In addition to three individual artist fellowships from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Dan has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital and the New York State Foundation for the arts. Twice a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Dan is the recipient of a 2002 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim foundation in choreography, a 2004 Alpert Award in the Arts for theater, was named the 2008 USA artists Prudential fellow in theatre, and the 2013/14 Jesse Howard Junior Rome Prize Fellow in visual art at the American Academy in Rome.