Poetry Foundation presents: Every house has a door

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The 3 Matadors

The Poetry Foundation
61 W. Superior Street
Saturday, February 20, 2:00 PM

Free and open to the public


Every house has a door was formed in 2008 by Lin Hixson, director, and Matthew Goulish, dramaturge, to convene project-specific teams of specialists, including emerging as well as internationally recognized artists. Drawn to historically or critically neglected subjects, Every house creates performances in which the subject remains largely absented from the finished work. The performances distil and separate presentational elements into distinct modes – recitation, installation, movement, music – to grant each its own space and time, and inviting the viewer to assemble the parts in duration, after the fact of the performance, to rediscover the missing subject.


The 3 Matadors is the name performance collective Every house has a door has given to a ten-page passage of Jay Wright’s book The Presentable Art of Reading Absence (Dalkey Archive Press, 2008) that appears in a hybrid form combining poetry and the conventions of a stage-play. Every house will attempt an interdisciplinary rendering of this text, impossible to stage in any conventional manner. The highly structured performance commences from intricate bullfighting maneuvers and Wright’s extraordinary poetics of the multi-cultural imagination. This event, devised specifically for The Poetry Foundation, will begin with a contextualizing introduction by dramaturge Matthew Goulish, include a continuous performance sequence, choreographed for the Poetry Foundation’s reading hall, directed by Lin Hixson and performed by Sebastián Calderón Bentin, Stephen Fiehn, Tim Kinsella, and Taisha Paggett, and conclude with a conversation with the audience.

Image credit: @ Every house has a door

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