Madeline Hollander
Aug
26
6:00 PM18:00

Madeline Hollander

ARENA

Arena is a new performance by Madeline Hollander composed of a series of duets featuring beach rake trucks and six dancers. The work presents a choreographic study of dissipative structures and autopoiesis, as well a homage to the contradictions inherent in the documentation of ephemeral art forms. The beach rakes clear pathways that become the stage for the dancers, whose movement patterns are recorded through their tracks in the newly combed sand. The first half of the performance presents dancers following in the wake of the trucks, leaving a legible trail of notation in the sand. The second half presents the reverse - the trucks follow close behind the dancers, erasing all footprints and traces of movement, or existence, as they go. This is repeated ad infinitum until the sun goes down.

Photography by Samantha Casolori; Film stills by Sam Fleischner

Madeline Hollander is a New York based artist who works primarily with performance and video to explore how human movement and body-language negotiate their limits within everyday systems of technology, intellectual property law, and mass-culture. Hollander has exhibited work at Socrates Sculpture Park, NY; Off Vendome, NY; Signal, NY; Movement Research at the Judson Church, NY; Untitled Art Fair, Miami, FL; Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery, NY; the Sculpture Center, NY; Jack Hanley Gallery, NY; Tina Kim Gallery, NY; The Kitchen, NY; Torrance Shipman Gallery, NY; and Human Resources, LA. Hollander has danced professionally with Los Angeles Ballet, CA, and Barcelona Ballet, Spain. She is a recipient of the 2016 Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship and an MFA candidate in the Film/Video department at Bard College.

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.

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ANONYMOUS
Aug
19
6:30 PM18:30

ANONYMOUS

FUN YOUNG GOD

Fun Young God tackles the phenomenology of the American rock/pop star as well as various global practices of worship. As a spectacle, two performers have been tasked with studying and exactly reproducing the movements of multiple rock and pop legends, while attempting to channel their own divine/charismatic powers. Through mimicry and infusion the movements of Mick Jagger, Beyonce and others becomes inherently ours; reabsorbed into our collective and individual psyches. Fun Young God is an anthem, a ritual, a placebo, a conjuring, a clinical study, and a blatant exploitation of society's obsession with fun, youth, and holiness. These themes are closely linked by their shared intersections of rigor, danger, innocence, delusion, and splendor.

As a comment on the intangibility of celebrity and faith, this work is presented anonymously. 

Photography by Mavi Phillips. Performers Pierre Guilbault and Cori Kresge.

Performers:

Pierre Guilbault was raised in Vancouver and moved to New York in 2012 after graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a bachelor of fine arts degree in dance. He has a background in ballet and contemporary dance, and has studied film and theater acting in the past. Mr. Guilbault has done extensive work in and around the Merce Cunningham workshops at Westbeth and New York City Center. He is currently working on projects with Ellen Cornfield, Liz Gerring, and Jody Oberfelder.

Cori Kresge is a NYC based dance artist. She has a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase and the Dean’s Award for “breaking the mold”. In 2005 Kresge received a Darmasiswa International Scholarship, studying Balinese dance in Indonesia. She has been a member of the Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, José Navas/Compagnie Flak, and Stephen Petronio Company. She currently freelances and collaborates with various artists including Esme Boyce, Bill Young, Sarah Skaggs, Ellen Cornfield, Rashaun Mitchell+Silas Riener, Rebecca Lazier, Wendy Osserman, multi-media artists Liz Magic Laser, Xavier Cha, and film maker Zuzka Kurtz.

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.

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Jodi Melnick + Jon Kinzel
Aug
19
6:00 PM18:00

Jodi Melnick + Jon Kinzel

JODI MELNICK/JON KINZEL
AT NIGHT

 

A meditation on nature. A duet made in darkness. Dumb luck. Flood insurance. Two solo artists, Jodi Melnick and Jon Kinzel, with decades devoted to defining their own practices, come together to perform At Night in the light of the day. The volatility of the beach will fortify – and disrupt – this collaboration.

Conceived of and performed by Jodi Melnick and Jon Kinzel
Music: Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber and Jon Kinzel
Decor: Jon Kinzel
Costumes: Jodi Melnick and Jon Kinzel

Photography by Alex John Beck for Beach Sessions Dance Series


About the Artists:

Jodi Melnick is a New York-born choreographer and dancer, based in New York, NY. Her work stems from the continual act of creating through a movement based practice. Her performances include Ravel (solo wth musician Kate Davis) Vail International Dance Festival, Vail, CO; Grace Notes, Miller Theater, Columbia University, New York, NY (2015); Fits and Starts (in collaboration with Rashaun Mitchell, Sara Mearns and Sterling Hyltin); Danspace Platforms, New York, NY (2015); Moment Marigold (trio), Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Brooklyn, NY (2014); Solo, Deluxe Version (quartet), New York Live Arts (NYLA), New York, NY, New York City Center, New York, NY, and The Joyce Theater, New York, NY (2012); and One of Sixty-Five Thousand Gestures (solo – choreography in collaboration with Trisha Brown), New York Live Arts (NYLA), New York, NY (2012).

Melnick’s residencies and awards include Guggenheim Works in Progress, Guggenheim Museum (2016), Doris Duke Impact Award (2014), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2012), a Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Grant (2010-2011), and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award (2011). She has been honored with two New York Dance and Performance (Bessies) Awards for sustained achievement in dance (2008, 2001). Melnick received a B.F.A. in Dance from S.U.N.Y Purchase.

Jon Kinzel is a choreographer, multimedia artist, and improviser. He has presented his work, including numerous commissions and solo shows, at a variety of national and international venues: receiving critical praise for his large scale gallery installation Atlantic Terminus (2016) at The Invisible Dog, Responsible Ballet and What We Need Is a Bench to Put Books On (2010) at The Kitchen, Someone Once Called Me A Sound Man (2013) at The Chocolate Factory - Best of 2013 ARTFORUM, COWHAND CON MAN (2015) at Gibney Dance: The Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, and Provision Provision (2015) at La MaMa. He has received support from foundations, fellowships, and residency programs, opportunities to mentor and curate, worked with many influential choreographers, composers, designers, and artists, and been featured in publications such as SCHIZM and the MR Performance Journal. He has taught at Barnard, Yale, GWU, LIU, Tsekh Moscow, Dance House Ireland, Gibney Dance, and the Merce Cunningham Trust. Currently, he is a faculty member at LCE, NYU, and Movement Research.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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