Open Call: Benjamin Akio Kimitch
About this commission
Creative and Production Team
over 1 year ago
Creative and Production Credits
Benjamin Akio Kimitch, Director, Choreographer, Designer
Pareena Lim, Julie McMillan Castellano, Lai Yi Ohlsen, Dancers
Claire M Singer, Composer
Jeffrey Gan, Dramaturg
Carlos Soto, Costume Designer
Serena Wong, Lighting Designer
Michael Chua, Makeup Artist
Victoria Bek, Costume Supervisor
Justin Wong, Project Manager
“Forrig” and “Fairge” written and performed by Claire M Singer
Published by Touch Music/Fairwood Music UK Ltd
Shed Production Team
DJ Potts, Audio Design Coordinator
You-Shin Chen, Scenic Design Coordinator
Josh Galitzer, Head Carpenter
Maytté Martinez and Stuart Burgess, Head Electricians
Seth Haling, Head Audio
Micah Zucker, Head Video
Ann Comanar, Head Wardrobe
Gianna Russillo, Wardrobe
Caren Celine Morris, Stage Coordinator
Acknowledgments from the artist
In memory of Phyllis Ono Kimitch 釋鼓舞. Thank you Park Avenue Armory, The Shed, and Invisible Dog Art Center for space. Peggy Cheng for fundraising guidance. Phil Chan, DaEun Jung, Josephine Lee, James Lo, Charlie Mai, Samita Sinha, Jennifer Wen Ma, and Yasuko Yokoshi for the conversations. Grant Zhuang for the master class. New York Chinese Cultural Center for spears. Teacher Guo Youngsheng 郭永胜老师 at Shanghai Theater Academy. Carla Peterson at MANCC. The Open Call panel and entire staff. Thank you to all my collaborators.
Tiger Hands was commissioned by The Shed as part of Open Call 2022. Development was made possible by the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University; the Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program; AUNTS: WPA Micro Stimulus program; a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant; and lead donations from Rob Krulak, Michael Crisafulli and Morty Newburgh, Brian Fitzpatrick, Cynthia Mayeda, Eileen and Alfred Ono, Gus Solomons Jr., and the generosity of many others listed at BenjaminAkio.com.
Each performance includes accessible seating. Please let our ushers know if you are staying in a wheelchair for a performance or using a theater seat.
Assistive listening is available at The Shed via the free Listen Everywhere app on your personal device. To find directions on how to download the app, visit the Accessibility page. Devices are available for you to borrow at the ticketing desk if you do not want to use your own smartphone.
The Shed offers free Wi-Fi to facilitate your use of Listen Everywhere. Connect to the network TheShedFreeWiFi.
Live audio description will be available on Friday, August 5. Audio description is delivered via the free Listen Everywhere app.
The Shed’s online ticketing system includes the option to submit accommodation requests beyond the access points detailed here.
- Running time: 40 minutes
What to Expect
Thank you for planning a visit to The Shed. We’re looking forward to welcoming you for Open Call. You are welcome to enter the building through one of three different entrances. These are located off of The Shed’s Plaza, at 545 West 30th Street, or on the Hudson Yards Public Square.
The closest accessible subway station is the 34 St–Hudson Yards/7 train station. It’s the final stop on the 7 subway line in Manhattan arriving from the east side and Queens.
The bus lines with stops closest to The Shed include the M11 along 10th Avenue, the M12 along 11th Avenue, and the M34 SBS, which provides select bus service to Hudson Yards along 34th Street.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority operates the Access-A-Ride program as a service for people with disabilities. Please visit the MTA’s Access-A-Ride webpage for more information.
This entrance provides an accessible passenger loading zone allowing for automobile pick-up and drop-off access to the building.
There are two parking garages in close proximity to The Shed on West 30th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. One is on the north side of the block, beneath Hudson Yards. An additional garage is located across the street from The Shed at 552 West 30th Street.
Tickets to Open Call will be checked by a staff member at the entrance to the theater or performance space, once you are inside. You should have received your tickets in an email. You can find them by searching for the address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, visitors must wear a properly fitting mask covering their nose and mouth at all times while in The Shed, except when dining or drinking at Cedric’s, a bar in the lobby. Please noteL proof of vaccination is required for Yo-Yo Lin’s performances (July 8 – 9) and Kinetic Light’s performances (August 25 – 27).
The Plaza is adjacent to the High Line, on the same level as the Hudson Yards Public Square and the 34 St–Hudson Yards/7 train subway station, which is serviced by an elevator.
On Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 pm to sunset, The Shed’s Plaza will be lively, with visitors enjoying DJs, dance, and music performances outside. There will be wooden structures covered in soft, recycled rubber that you can sit or lounge on to rest or enjoy the evening.
The Plaza entrance at the southwest corner of the building is staffed by a friendly member of our Visitor Experience team who will greet you. They’ll be wearing a black t-shirt and ID badge on a purple lanyard. At this entrance, there are two glass doors that open outward. The floor inside the building is level with The Plaza as you enter.
Once inside, the building feels airy with high ceilings and large windows along the escalator bank a short distance down the hall from the entrance. Immediately on your left after entering will be an elevator if you would prefer to ride it to Level 4 for The Overlook or to Level 6 for The Griffin Theater. The escalators and elevators both open onto the hallway on each level where you will find the entrances to the performance spaces.
There are restrooms on the floor below in the lobby and on the floors above. The closest accessible and all gender restrooms are on Level 4, up one level.
This entrance is located along Hudson Yards Boulevard. The entrance is marked with The Shed’s name above it in white letters.
This entrance is equipped with a push button to open the door, with a friendly staff member to greet you as you enter the building. They’ll be wearing a black t-shirt and ID badge on a purple lanyard.
From the entrance doorway, continue straight ahead, past the video screens and staircase , and then turn left. Down a short hallway you will find three restrooms: one with stalls, one with stalls and urinals, and a private, all gender restroom.
The staircase leads down into the main 30th Street Lobby. Behind the staircase to the right is an elevator that you can use to reach the lobby or to go up to Level 2 (Gallery), 4 (The Overlook), or 6 (The Griffin Theater).
Open Call performances take place in either the Level 4 Overlook or The Griffin Theater on Level 6.
The 30th Street Lobby entrance, between 10th and 11th Avenues, is on the street level beneath the Plaza level (beneath the High Line on West 30th Street). The 30th Street Lobby entrance is equipped with a push button to open the door, with a friendly staff member to greet you as you enter the building. They’ll be wearing a black t-shirt and ID badge on a purple lanyard.
Before a performance, the Lobby may be lively. Cedric’s, a bar, is located in the lobby. Friends and visitors may be sharing drinks and snacks while music plays on overhead speakers. When less crowded, Cedric’s offers a calm, cool spot to sit and relax before or after a performance.
At the back of the lobby, you will find the escalator and elevators to the upper floors. The escalator is directly across from the main lobby doors, behind a transparent glass wall. Two elevators are located at either back corner of the Lobby, on the same wall as the escalator. One to the left and one to the right. The escalators and elevators both take you up to the main hallway on each level where you will find the entrances to the performance spaces.
Open Call performances take place in either the Level 4 Overlook or The Griffin Theater on Level 6.
Accessible restrooms are located in the back corner of the lobby, behind the escalators and adjacent to the bar. These restrooms include one with stalls and one with stalls and urinals. The nearest private, all gender restroom is located on Level 4.
Once you’re on Level 6, a staff member will be standing outside the performance space to greet you and check tickets. If you have any questions, there will be a solution station with another staff member to help you.
Once inside the theater, seating for performances is general admission, so you can choose from any available spot. The seats have armrests and thick cushions, and some are folding chairs that flip up as you stand up from them. If you would like help in finding a seat, a staff member at the entrance can guide you. If you would like to remain in a wheelchair during the performance, please let a staff member know. For ASL interpretation, a staff member will be available to direct you to a reserved section of seats close to the interpreter.
The nearest restrooms are located on this floor, to your right as you exit the theater. Follow the hallway away from the escalator landing. You will find one restroom with stalls and one with stalls and urinals, as well as a private, all gender restroom.
As you enter the theater, you will find seats sloped as in an amphitheater. Seats are arranged facing a performance area on the theater floor. You can either climb the stairs to find a seat or choose a seat on the floor level. If you’d like to remain in a wheelchair, a staff member at the entrance can direct you to the best position on the theater floor.
The stage includes a light blue carpet surrounded by white curtains. The performance will begin with solo dance performances. As the piece progresses the environment shifts. Color and mood evolve through lighting and other visual design elements, though there are no strobe or haze effects in the production.
Three dancers will move on the stage. The prerecorded music features a pipe organ, which is played at a high volume. The music includes very low bass registers, though there is no sudden or jarring use of changes in sound.
For any additional access needs or requests, please email email@example.com or call (646) 455-3494.
Thank you to our partners
Additional support for Open Call is provided by Warner Bros. Discovery 150, The Wescustogo Foundation, and Jody and John Arnhold | Arnhold Foundation.
The creation of new work at The Shed is generously supported by the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Commissioning Fund and the Shed Commissioners. Major support for live productions at The Shed is provided by the Charina Endowment Fund, with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.