Closed off and secluded in a quiet, dimly lit room, Naked: A Living Installation by Eiko & Koma builds an air of mysteriousness and stirs anticipation within prospective viewers at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. To viewers, the presentation is unique and quite unforeseen, as this is Eiko and Koma’s first time presenting a living installation, and their first time presenting the living installation together at the same time, in the same room- naked. [click to continue….]
The lights dim, pulsing beats begin, and the dancers, in a trance-like fashion, advance upstage just to fall back. The dancers in Keigwin + Company’s Exit progress towards the audience, but speedily retreat back to the black wall with one exit. Enveloped in a charcoal gray hue, the setting is dim, misty, and murky.
There is no doubt that Keigwin + Company infuses theatricality with dance. From the risqué costumes and clubby setting, to the high energy steps and disco pulse, Keigwin manages to combine the best of both worlds. [click to continue….]
"The way she walked, talked, stood to dance, and stopped the breathe, is evident as Move poignantly exhibits the very essence of Graham"
Martha Graham, the mother of modern dance, has been brought back to life. Richard Move delivers an endearing performance of Martha@…the 1963 Interview by MoveOpolis! as they take on the challenge of using an archival audio tape to create their own verbatim rendition of the historical life of Martha Graham in an interview with dance critic Walter Terry.
The meticulous research on her life, her presence, her impact, and scrupulous attention to every detail of the way she walked, talked, stood to dance, and stopped the breathe, is evident as Move poignantly exhibits the very essence of Graham. With each aspect of Graham as a collage piece, Move effortlessly combines them into a precise contemporary performance. Graham enters in spirit as Move arduously prepares and cocoons himself, wrapped and caged, ready to birth; to become the very embodiment of Graham. Move’s performance as Graham blends two elements that are in the least way obscure to the viewer’s eyes: historic contribution and innovative parody.
While maintaining respect for the historic dance figure, subtle changes were made to the original interview to reveal wit. Throughout the interview, we hear Graham responding to questions posed by Terry. Then there are moments when we hear Graham’s mind trailing off as her words diverge on a tangent, leading to a beautiful, unexplored, and undiscovered place inside her mind. [click to continue….]
Anna Schteynshleyher's "AXE" from her "City of Destiny" series, named after the town Des Plaines, Illinios. The official motto of the town is "City of Destiny." (Photo: Anna Shteynshleyger)
Against a murky sky and dreary weather the iridescent glass building housing New York City’s International Center of Photography shines like a beacon. The white spacious walls gleam with strength and boldness, but the photographs on display are spectacular and unyielding as well. With a quick turn of a corner, spectators come face to face with a collection of portraits, landscapes, and interiors by Anna Shteynshleyger. Shteynshleyger’s work is notable for its formal beauty and technical execution. Her photographs are part of “Perspectives 2012,” an exhibition series that focuses on emerging young artists working in photography and video. [click to continue….]