BALTIMORE, MD: Moving Walls: A Performance of Body & Sculpture
Baltimore Independent Dance Artists (BIDA)
Moving Walls is an experimental dance piece that examines human experience in relation to architecture. Performances are April 28th-May 5th, 2018 at the Peale Center in Baltimore, and presented by Baltimore Independent Dance Artists (BIDA).
Combining movement with sculpture, animation, and sound, the piece is a collaborative project that questions our concepts of stability. With wheels, ropes, pulleys, hooks, and hinges, three performers construct and deconstruct the space around them. In turn, they are influenced by their shifting surroundings.
The piece has been developed over the last year through ongoing collaborative research between artists working in different disciplines. Collaborating artists include: Noa Heyne (sculpture) Sidney Pink (drawing in performance), Sarah Smith (dance), Matthew Williams (movement), and Khristian Weeks (sound).
Audience members are invited to explore their own unique perspectives of Moving Walls by passing freely throughout different rooms of The Peale Center. The Peale’s rich and complex history of preservation, including former exhibitions on taxidermy and the building’s own physical restoration, provides a visual and conceptual framework for the performance.
More About the Artists:
Noa Heyne is an interdisciplinary artist, working primarily in interactive sculpture and animation. Heyne has studied in Jerusalem in the Master Class of painter Israel Hershberg, and in New York in the New York Studio School. She earned her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2017. Heyne has won a number of awards, including the LCU Foundation Award, the MICA LAB award, the Amalie Rosthschild Award and the Leslie King Hammond Award. Her work has been shown in Israel and the U.S, and is in private collections in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, London, Baltimore and New York. She currently lives in Baltimore and teaches at MICA.
Sidney Pink is an intermedia artist focused on dance, drawing, and sound. Pink lived in Japan between 2004-2008. His early work was influenced by manga, Japanese film. Pink is the Co-founder of AKIMBO, a festival of site-specific dance and movement art in Baltimore, MD. Pink has studied dance with Ryuzo Fukuhara, Liz Lerman, Naoko Maeshiba, and performed in two dance films by Susan & John Mann. Pink has exhibited and/or performed in New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Amsterdam, Tokyo, and Berlin. His work has appeared in various publications including Fine Line Magazine, Japan's Artcollector, and the New York Times Magazine. Sidney Pink lives and works in Baltimore, MD. He teaches drawing, arts entrepreneurship, and creativity at Towson University.
Sarah Smith is a dance artist and interdisciplinary educator with an affinity for collaborative creative processes and a fascination with the intersection between mathematics and choreography. Sarah has studied dance at Goucher College and UMBC and earned a MFA in Dance from The George Washington University in 2015.
Matthew Williams is a performance artist and writer from Baltimore, MD. His work engages masculinity, intimacy, solitude, and the visceral experiences of being in the body. His writing can be found in Potluck Magazine, Witchcraft Magazine, Hyrsteria Zine, and his self-published project: "It Was Only Romantic In Retrospect". As a performer he has worked with Baltimore based groups such as The Move Move Collaborative, Alex D’Agostino/Noelle Tolbert, and Laure Drogoul. His solo work has been featured at the Transmodern Festival and LabBodies.
Khristian Weeks is an artist working with phenomena – sound, light, movement, and situation. Since the 1990’s he has been performing and presenting his work in Boston, New York, North Carolina, Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia. Recent appearances include: a solo set in the High Zero Festival, Baltimore; solo exhibition at Golden Belt Gallery 100, Durham, NC; Artist Lecture and Performances, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD. He currently lives in Baltimore, MD.
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