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The 14th Street Y and Bryn Cohn + Artists present "The Art of Loss"

The 14th Street Y and Bryn Cohn + Artists present "The Art of Loss"

Company:

The 14th Street Y and Bryn Cohn + Artists

Location:

The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street

Dates:

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 7:30pm daily through February 17, 2018
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 3:00pm daily through February 17, 2018

Tickets:

https://14streety.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S36000004qD6oEAE

The 14th Street Y and Bryn Cohn + Artists


The 14th Street Y and Bryn Cohn + Artists
present
The Art of Loss
at The Theater at the 14th Street Y
February 16 - 18, 2018

 


The 14th Street Y and Bryn Cohn + Artists (BC+A) present The Art of Loss at The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, NYC, from February 16-18, 2018. Performances: Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $25 ($20 for students, $15 for children ages 12 and under) and are available at https://14streety.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S36000004qD6oEAE.
 
Bryn Cohn + Artists presents their first evening of repertory, The Art of Loss,a collection of notable works from 2012-2017 that expose the rebellion, hope and despair that root in otherness. Renowned for their ferocious physicality, theatrical worlds and intimate performances, BC + A navigates an unforgettable cultural, emotional and kinetic adventure. 
 
The evening will include the World Premiere of a brand new politically-inspired work, A Perfect Union, which addresses the current sociopolitical climate in our world through the lenses of race, gender, sexuality, terrorism, activism, hierarchical structures and humanitarian effort. In her first-ever musical composition, Cohn has designed a mash-up score sourced from inaugural and political speeches by Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump.
 
"A Perfect Union is both a personal response to the effects of political agenda as well as a larger communal commentary on the apocalyptic conditions that plague our country," said artistic director Bryn Cohn. "Through integration of a text-based score, America takes on a humanized presence within the work with whom the performer maintains a direct and intimate relationship. The score provides a rhythmic platform for movement generation and reinforces the conversational engine that is intrinsic to the thematic objectives. Layering of dialogue serves to reinforce the perpetual bombardment of information and negativity that saturate American existence. Theatrical undercurrents are illuminated through militant and sacrificial imagery in the body as well as symbolic motifs that parallel and counterpoint the spoken word."
 
The program also includes four audience favorites: HOME, Skin, 4AM and If You Sink.
 
HOME
(2016) is a dance - theater work inspired by familial dynamics and the pursuit of physical, emotional and spiritual manifestations of connection.  The work embodies a non-linear narrative that provides a lens into the varied encounters that occur within a group of individuals inhabiting, fighting for and existing in harmony within designated spaces. 
Music: Original Composition by Kevin Keller
 
The newest piece in the company's repertory, 4AM (2017) illuminates the uncertainty, spirituality and sensuality that emanate from relinquishing inhibition and surrendering to sensation. Contextualized through examinations of rave and trance culture, kinetic and explosive choreography promotes ways of kinesthetically and psychologically losing oneself within environments, others and movement vocabularies.
Music by Loscil, The Sight Below & Chaos, Move D, Positive Centre, Planetary Assault Systems, Julianna Barwick
 
Skin
(2015) explores how we physically and metaphorically "build" a person in a continuous cycle of creation and destruction in response to social castes, gender, race, sexuality and political systems. The cast enters dualistic states of being - God and man, sculptor and subject, dictator and citizen - exploring how each person or entity might be formed, and the freedom, rebellion and heroism that accompany this process.
Music: Original Composition by Kevin Keller
 
If You Sink
(2012) examines archetypical models of heteronormative relationships and corresponding social constructions of power that exist. Movement languages encompassing rhythmic nuance punctuated by highly articulated gesture and classical idioms are seamlessly woven into the subtleties of Chopin's score.
Music by Chopin
 
Dancers: Chelsea Ainsworth, Nico Gonzales, Jessica Malat, Yuliya Romanskaya, Will Tomaskovic
 

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