COIL 2017 Festival: "A Study on Effort" by Bobbi Jene Smith & Keir GoGwilt
Bobbi Jene Smith & Keir GoGwilt
A Study on Effort
Bobbi Jene Smith in collaboration with Keir GoGwilt (NYC)
Dance | US Premiere
Presented by ArKtype / Thomas O Kriegsmann The Invisible Dog Art Center in partnership with Performance Space 122
The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street in Brooklyn
Jan 12 & 14 at 7pm, Jan 13 at 9pm, Jan 14 at 3pm
The effort of lifting. The effort of a pledge. The effort of not knowing. A Study on Effort is a collaboration between the incomparable dancer Bobbi Jene Smith and acclaimed violinist Keir GoGwilt, consisting of 10 tasks that question physical, emotional and metaphoric effort through a lens celebrating the connections between sound, body and duration.
Iowaborn Smith spent a decade as featured performer of Batsheva Dance Company (Tel Aviv). Her premiere solo project explores how we receive pleasure from effort, decoupling it from burden, mining it for meaning. Through movement and sound, Smith and GoGwilt uncover the dynamics of effort from passive to extreme and its pervasiveness, exploring its connection to our most basic desires.
Bobbi Jene Smith was born in Centerville, Iowa and was she was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin from 20052014. She is an alumnus of the Juilliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Her choreography and solo work has been presented by The Batsheva Dance Company, The Israel Museum, Luminato Festival, The Wild Project, Machol Shalem, Sacramento Ballet, The CCA, The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, NYU, and The Juilliard School. Bobbi is the subject of the documentary directed by Elvira Lind which will premiere in 2017. Her film and video work include, “Annihilation” directed by Alex Garland, “MA” directed by Celia RowlsonHall, and “Yossi” directed by Eytan Fox. Bobbi is a certified GAGA teacher and has taught Ohad Naharin's repertory in schools and universities around the world.
Keir GoGwilt, Violinist, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he has performed as a soloist with the Chinese National Symphony, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Santiago, the Bowdoin International Music Festival Orchestra, the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia, members of A Far Cry, and has stepped in to workshop a new violin concerto by Anna Clyne with the Chicago Civic Orchestra. As a recitalist and chamber musician he has played at festivals including the Luminato Festival, the Spoleto Festival in Italy, Rockport Chamber Music, Yellow Barn, and Taos. He is also active as a poet, scholar, and improviser. GoGwilt has worked closely with a number of composers including Roger Reynolds, Tan Dun, Tobias Picker, and Matthew Aucoin. Graduating from Harvard University with high honors in 2013, GoGwilt was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts.
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