Visit The Aesthete for my latest series of images featuring artist Nick Cave with an interview written by Adam Whitney Nichols covering Cave’s upcoming project produced by Creative Time which will take place in Grand Central Terminal.
Nick Cave photographed by Matthu Placek in Chicago on January 24th 2013
•Jonah Bokaer photographed in Brooklyn, NY by Matthu Placek on September 29th 2005•
This evening Jonah Bokaer, a young gentle man, whom I feel is one of the most important figuring advancing ideas of movement and how bodies exist in space will present new work at the Guggenheim Museum tonight.
“On Vanishing” is created as a new site-specific choreography to be performed on the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Rotunda floor in response to the exhibition Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity. Referencing Lee’s multidisciplinary use of space, “On Vanishing” unfolds as an uninterrupted 40-minute work and presents an accumulation of events in the bodies of five international performers. Through movement and gesture, dimensions of space grow and expand over time, while others decline. In his first-ever choreographic dialogue with sculpture, Bokaer poses the question “How does the body erase itself, to prefer matter against presence?” Loren Kiyoshi-Dempster contributes music with a rare live performance of John Cage’s One⁸ (1991) for solo cello.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Thursday, July 14, 2011
6 pm and 8 pm
CHOREOGRAPHY AND DIRECTION
One⁸ (1991), John Cage
Courtesy The John Cage Trust and Edition Peters, Inc.
Jonah Bokaer, David Rafael Botana, CC Chang, Irena Misirlić, Adam H Weinert
Adam H Weinert
Last night, my dears John and Bill (who have been partnered for 50+ years) invited me to The New York City ballet…I’ll take any chance I can get to visit the David H. Koch theater designed by Philip Johnson which just may be my favorite piece of architecture in New York city. On the bill for the night was “Divertimento No. 15” choreographed by Balanchine (an oldie but a goodie), “For the love of Duke” choreographed by Susan Stroman (which I can do without) and “Polyphonia” choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon….which sent me into a whirlwind. This was my introduction to Wheeldon live and I was not disappointed in anyway. The costumes, the light, the relationships between bodies and music…it ALL worked. Absolutely beautiful work set to Gyorgy Ligeti. Check out the second half of this short video for a peek at what I saw last night. Wendy Wheldan, who has been with New York City Ballet since 1986!) blew my mind. Not to mention the up and coming brilliant young dancer Lauren Lovette.
Aszure Barton Busk at The Baryshnikov Art Center tomorrow at 3:00PM…GO!
Additional performances at 8:00PM and Sunday at 7:00PM.
One day I’ll make a film that excites me as much as this one does….
A great piece of work by 2 choreographers I adore on many levels! Get your tickets now!
Choreographed by Nicole Wolcott with Collaborator Vanessa Walters
Performed by Nicole Wolcott, Vanessa Walters, Kira Blazek, Janna Diamond, Tim Edwards, Aston McCullough, and Yarden Raz
Sound Design by Omar Zubair
Costume Design by Stephanie Dixon and Stephanie Miracle in collaboration with Vanessa Walters and Nicole Wolcott
Scenic Design by Spilios Gianakopoulos
Known for her dynamic physicality and comedic talent, Wolcott is working with Vanessa Walters, choreographer and performer for the music/art phenomenon Fischerspooner to create this multi-faceted new work, 100 Beginnings. The two gather a cast of characters to use dance, spectacle and architecture to explore a world of awkward moments exposed, tender collisions, attempted fame, and survival in high heels.
Nicole Wolcott (Choreographer) is a choreographer, teacher and performance artist based in New York City. She has been performing with dance companies, rock bands and video artists around the country for sixteen years. In 2003 Nicole co-founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY with Larry Keigwin and was the Associate Artistic Director until 2010 (keigwinandcompany.com). Wolcott’s choreography has been performed in New York City at Symphony Space, the Frying Pan, Galapagos, Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce SoHo, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, and CBGB’s among others. In addition to her work with KEIGWIN + COMPANY, Nicole has performed at the Metropolitan Opera House under the direction of Mark Dendy, worked with site-specific choreographer Noemie Lafrance; was a featured dancer in Doug Elkin’s original “Fraulein Maria;” danced with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and The James Kelly Choreography Project in Chicago; appeared in music videos and concerts with FischerSpooner; and is a featured dancer in “Across the Universe.”
Vanessa Walters (Assistant Choreographer) originally hails from Baltimore, land of John Waters and crab cakes, where she began dancing in high school. She then came to the big city to attend NYU’s TSOA, got her BFA, and has lived here ever since. Since 1999, her main focus has been working with Fischerspooner, a performance group known for combining pop entertainment with a high art sensibility. Since 2001, Vanessa has been the lead choreographer of Fischerspooner and has traveled extensively with them through the States, Europe, South America, and Australia. Also, Vanessa has choreographed music videos for artists such as the Blank Dogs, Department of Eagles, Cyndi Lauper, and Kings of Leon to name a few, and live events for House of Diehl, JVA, Daisy Spurs, Chaos & Candy, Narcissister, and her own projects – “Bathory” and “The Man Piece”. To find out more, please visit www.vanessawalters.com!
100 Beginnings was created in part during a 2010 AIR Residency at DNA, a residency at Hunter College and with support from DanceNOW [NYC]’s Silo Artist Residency program. Additional support was provided by The Vapnek Family Fund, Ashley Browne, Aurora Cahinhinan, Jacqui Adams Crockett, Barb Grusing, Edward Henkel, Cindy Higginson, Joe Jensen, Larry Keigwin, Andrea Lodico Welshons, Jordan Mejias, Ian Pai, Karin Schall, Ron and Becky Slayton, Salena Watkins and Susan Wolcott.
DNA’s Artist in Residence (AIR) program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), in partnership with the City Council and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy