Netta Yerushalmy
Aug
27
7:30 pm19:30

Netta Yerushalmy

PARAMODERNITIES #3 Black Modernism, 2016


Choreography: Netta Yerushalmy
Dancers: Jesse Zaritt, Shamar Watt, Netta Yerushalmy

Netta Yerushalmy, a Guggenheim and NYFA fellow, will be presenting an installment from her new project PARAMODERNITIES #3 Black Modernism. As part of a larger project that uses iconic choreographies in order to activate thought around larger issues within Modernist discourses, Yerushalmy presents an excerpt (re-configured for Beach Sessions) from a collaboration with scholar Tommy DeFrantz and dancers Jesse Zaritt and Shamar Watt, which considers and de/re-creates Alvin Ailey’s iconic work from 1960 Revelations. Paramodernities is supported by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Watermill Center, Alvin Ailey New Directions Choreography Lab, Movement Research, and LMCC’s 2016-17 Extended Life program.

Photography by Josh Goldsmith for Beach Sessions Dance Series

About the Artist:
Netta Yerushalmy is a dance artist based in New York City since 2000. Her work aims to engage with audiences by imparting the sensation of things as they are perceived, not as they are known, and to challenge how meaning is attributed and constructed. She received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Jerome Robbins Bogliasco Foundation, New York Foundation of the Arts, and Six Points. She was Artist-In-Residence at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Djerassi, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and through LMCC's Swing Space.

Netta’s work has been commissioned and presented by venues such as the Joyce Theater at New York Live Arts, American Dance Festival, La Mama, Danspace Project,  River to River Festival, Harkness Dance Festival, Movement Research, Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Suzanne Dellal Center (Tel-Aviv), Cowels Center (Minneapolis), Rose Wagner Center (Salt Lake City), among many others.

This photo series was commissioned through Beach Sessions' Dance x Air program, which is a collaborative project between presenting artists and photographers of distinction using untapped resources in Rockaway to create original visual content.

Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener
Aug
27
6:30 pm18:30

Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener

HORIZON EVENT NO. 4

Choreography: Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener
Performers: David Botana, Cori Kresge, Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener
Costumes: Julia Donaldson

Horizon Event No. 4 is a seance to the elements set against the backdrop of Rockaway Beach. A series of excerpted dances culled from previous choreographies will be reimagined and intertwined with new material. We look back to move forward. 

Photography by Alex John Beck for Beach Sessions Dance Series

About the Artists:
Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener have worked collaboratively and separately on varied performance projects, often merging elements of fantasy, absurdity, and quiet contemplation. They have been particularly interested in creating dance in response to complex and active spatial environments. Their work takes many forms, from site-specific installations, improvisational dances, traditional proscenium pieces, to highly crafted immersive experiences. Together they have been part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life program, City Center Choreography Fellows, and have been artists-in-residence at EMPAC, Mount Tremper Arts, Wellesley College, Jacob’s Pillow, and Pieter LA. Their work has been presented at MoMa PS1 as part of Greater NY, The Chocolate Factory, Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, the Vail International Dance Festival, REDCAT, ICA Boston, and the O Miami Poetry Festival.

This photo series was commissioned through Beach Sessions' Dance x Air program, which is a collaborative project between presenting artists and photographers of distinction using untapped resources in Rockaway to create original visual content.

LAURIE BERG
Aug
21
7:30 pm19:30

LAURIE BERG

THE MINERALOGY OF OBJECTS, 2015
 

Created by Laurie Berg in collaboration with Jodi Bender, Bessie McDonough-Thayer and Jillian Sweeney
Original Sound by Karl Scholz

Laurie Berg brings her latest work, The Mineralogy of Objects, out of the theater and onto the beach! Translating Variétés de Minéralogie Object (1939), a shadow box by artist Joseph Cornell, into a collective, kinetic exercise, The Mineralogy of Objects finds inspiration in Cornell’s repetition and transformation of a female silhouette. Berg works with her collection of objects and props, and the driving, visceral effects of a baseline beat, to create a space that is both highly structured and simultaneously fantastical. Created by Laurie Berg in collaboration with Jodi Bender, Bessie McDonough-Thayer and Jillian Sweeney. Original Sound by Karl Scholz. The Mineralogy of Objects premiered at Danspace Project in 2015.

Photography by David Brandon Geeting for Beach Sessions Dance Series

About the Artist:
Laurie Berg makes work in a variety of forms including dance and performance, collage, and jewelry. With an ongoing interest in iconography, honed absurdity and sharp, sometimes dark humor, Berg draws out a multiplicity of meanings and associations from her subject matter to create a living collage. Berg is also a co-organizer of AUNTS, a roving event platform guided by core principles of collectivity, cooperation and sharing. Most recently her work was presented at Danspace Project and as part of the Joyce UNLEASHED Series at the Invisible Dog Art Center. She is the 2016 recipient of “The Tommy” Award, was a 2013 New York Live Arts Studio Series Resident Artist and a 2010-2012 Movement Research Artist-In-Residence. Her jewelry, which plays with the juxtaposition of real and fake, new and old, precious and plastic, can be seen around the necks of many dance artists in NYC.

Funding Credits: The creation of The Mineralogy of Objects was made possible, in part, by the Danspace Project 2014-15 Commissioning Initiative, with Support from the Jerome Foundation and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation’s Late-Stage Production Stipend. Additional support was received from a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

This photo series was commissioned through Beach Sessions' Dance x Air program, which is a collaborative project between presenting artists and photographers of distinction using untapped resources in Rockaway to create original visual content.

BOOMERANG
Aug
20
6:30 pm18:30

BOOMERANG

REPERCUSSION, 2015

Choreographer: Kora Radella
Movement Invention: Matty Davis and Kora Radella with further creative input from Adrian Galvin and Greg Saunier
Dancers: Matty Davis and Adrian Galvin
Drummer: Greg Saunier
Singer: Adrian Galvin
Text for song: Lewis Hyde
Dramaturgy: Will Arbery
Costumes: threeASFOUR

BOOMERANG brings their latest work, Repercussion, a percussively visceral and psychologically dynamic work that explores “active forgetting” based on new writing by MacArthur Fellow and cultural critic Lewis Hyde. Repercussion was made in collaboration with Greg Saunier, drummer and founding member of the internationally-acclaimed band Deerhoof, and the costumes were created by threeASFOUR, recipients of the 2015 Cooper-Hewitt/Smithsonian Museum’s National Design Award. Repercussion was originally commissioned by Dixon Place for a March 2016 premiere in New York City and was subsequently premiered in Paris, France at the Arts Arena at the invitation of Robert Wilson.

Photography by Bryan Derballa for Beach Sessions Dance Series

About the Artists:
BOOMERANG is a daringly physical, poetically­-nuanced dance and performance project created in 2012 by co-­artistic directors Matty Davis and Kora Radella with founding member Adrian Galvin. Recognizing the body as an evolving repository for both physical and psychological life, BOOMERANG sifts through and siphons from the rich, eclectic histories that constitute the personhoods of the people with whom they work. Using idiosyncratic movement invention, unpredictable phrasing, and a commitment to full-on embodied motion, BOOMERANG creates intense explorations of how human histories might be sensitively layered, distorted, and recontextualized. Their work has been presented in NYC at venues including Dixon Place, Danspace Project, Judson Church, Center for Performance Research, Roulette, Triskelion Arts, Chez Bushwick, the Irondale Center, and at the United Nations, as well as in Barcelona, Spain; Berlin, Germany; Chicago; Cleveland; Grand Rapids; and Pittsburgh.They’re also keen on presenting their work in a wide variety of alternative spaces, from parks to vineyards, the streets to the mountains, and within academic and school contexts. In 2015, BOOMERANG was shortlisted as 1 of 20 juried finalists for the Grand Jury Prize at ArtPrize7, having been nominated among the top 5 time-based artists by Sundance Senior Programmer Shari Frilot.

Most recently, following Repercussion’s development at the Watermill Center and NYC premiere at Dixon Place, BOOMERANG was nominated by Robert Wilson to premiere their work in Paris, France.