Homeworld is a drop of water on the moon.

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" Shoes are not allowed. Crawling, burping,

   and being are."

- Jenna Horton, thINKingdance

"Homeworld isn't just an ethereal and artsy play session; it shares an intriguing story that guides its audience with focused whimsy."

- Mark Cofta, Broad Street Review

"This was a true moment in my life, and I will look at babies and young children with enlightenment because of it."

- Chuck Barnett, Audience Member

"The pace and rising action of the piece was gorgeous: organic and intentional . . .  I loved how the experience of the performers mimicked the exploratory experience of the little ones.”

- Miriam White, Audience Member

Homeworld is a gentle dance performance created for babies, ages 3 to 18 months, and their caregivers, inspired by the splendor of coral reef and undersea creatures. The performance invites exploration through playful dance and soft, sculptural installations that the audience can encounter from all sides. The aquatic terrain of Homeworld has been crafted to inspire confidence, imagination, and self-discovery in babies and early toddlers. Homeworld is a beautiful, relaxed space where families with very young children can enjoy the experience of live art together.

Homeworld is performed for up to 10 families at a time inside a glowing white tent. Babies and their caregivers are invited to crawl, explore, and follow their curiosities throughout the installation. This intimate collage of electronic sounds, surprising movements, and creative play provides an opportunity for babies to discover new people, textures, sounds, and ideas while their caregiver is close by. Homeworld gives its inquisitive audiences room to play, dance, explore and bond with their guardian as a secure home base inside a soft, organic environment. 

Homeworld is wheelchair accessible. Please email ninthplanetprojects@gmail.com with questions about additional accessibility needs. 

We'd like to give a special thank you to our Creative Council of Babies and Caregivers who helped us to inform and shape the direction of Homeworld to best suit the needs and attention of our audience.

Homeworld has received generous support from the following organizations: 

NINTH PLANET is is proud to be part of

Headlong’s Incubated Artist Program.

Production History

Produced by Ninth Planet, Homeworld originally premiered in October 5 - 14, 2018 at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia.

The creative team consisted of: 

director/co-creator

SAM TOWER

performer/co-creator

ELIANA FABIYI

creative dramaturg

KATIE CROYLE

 rehearsal stage manager

FRANNY MESTRICH

technical director 

ELI LYNN

performer/co-creator

NIA BENJAMIN

co-creator/creative dramaturg 

HANNAH GOLD 

composer

STEVE HAYWARD

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production stage manager

SOFÍA ANASTASIA

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lighting designer 

ANGELA MYERS

performer/set designer/co-creator

TESS KUNIK

story editor

JEREMY GABLE

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puppetry director

SARA OUTING

sound designer

ADRIANO SHAPLIN

special thanks to homeworld's Major donors

Honorary Producers:

Tina and Jon Pope

Inclusion Sponsor: 

Kenneth Tower

Donor Circle:

Inger Hatlen, Marcia & James Croyle,

Michelle & Jim Lyon, Cheryl & Jim Purcell

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