artist in residence
The How is an international ensemble of movers, actors, and musicians from all over the world.
The How’s mission is to create a place for audiences and artists to be challenged by a multiplicity of viewpoints, forms, and stories. We believe in taking the emotional temperature of the world and manifesting it in physical form. We believe in up-ending convention. We’ve performed at The Tank, IRT Theater, Dixon Place, Culture Lab LIC, Rubulad, Montgomery Gardens in Brooklyn, and The Unruly Collective in Brooklyn, amongst others. We love experimenting, we love involving musicians in our work. The How focuses on creating from the body.
The How founder, Polina Ionina, believes that the body stores trauma, memories, and time. We seek to unlock the body so that it can drive us towards truthful storytelling. We start with a question, and then see how the physical form can answer it. Movement drives us. Movement surprises us. Movement brings us closer to ourselves. What sets our howling souls on fire is creating authentic, inclusive, innovative work.. We create collaborative theater from the heart. We teach classes and learn from our ever expanding community.
Original works include "The Vyuga Project," a whirling dervish of physical theater, appropriated poetry, and sound, "Vandals," a devised piece that charts our national mood, "Hunger," an exploration into the work of Knut Hamsun, who speculates that artistic endeavor is a means of survival, and "What We Do," a physical theatre piece developed over a four day intensive at Culture Lab LIC.
We’ve performed at The Tank, IRT Theater, Dixon Place, Culture Lab LIC, Rubulad, Montgomery Gardens in Brooklyn, and The Unruly Collective in Brooklyn.
The How has worked with experimental musicians/composers on the cusps of their careers such as Anais Maviel, a recipient of the David Prize, Lucie Vitkova, Cy X, Laura Bowler and Zoe McPherson, and will continue to expand and grow together across disciplines.