Carrie Ahern Dance PRESENTS Borrowed Prey: Part II
Carrie Ahern Dance
CARRIE AHERN DANCE/PRESENT PARIAH, INC PRESENT
BORROWED PREY: PART II
DECEMBER 3-4 (Tues-Wed) and DECEMBER 9-14 (Mon-Sat) 2013
All performances start at 8pm
Limited to 30 audience members per performance
Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10004
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Tickets in Advance: $40
Tickets at the door: $50
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New York, NY, Oct 22, 2013 - Carrie Ahern Dance/Present Pariah, Inc is pleased to present the world premiere of Borrowed Prey: Part II, at Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th floor, NYC.
Borrowed Prey is a multi-disciplinary performance diptych, which seeks to unveil spaces of connection/disconnection around death in our culture.
Where Borrowed Prey: Part I looked at empathy and animal death, in Borrowed Prey: Part II choreographer Carrie Ahern looks at empathy and human death. Borrowed Prey: Part II asks: With modern culture’s tendency to prolong life at almost any cost, are we capable of embracing death? Adapting video game technology to create a symbiotic relationship between movement and sound, the piece, in part, addresses the complicated relationship of the body to medical technology. In addition, where cultural dying ritual seems lacking in the Western world, Borrowed Prey: Part II reveals communal rituals that promote connection. The live ensemble, dancer and choreographer Carrie Ahern, Bessie Award winning dancer Carolyn Hall and composer/musician Anne Hege use their personal experiences of the dying process to inform the rituals. The work is supported by immersive original video by Harrison Owen, set and lighting by Jay Ryan and costumes by Naoko Nagata. An intimate work viewed in-the-round, Borrowed Prey: Part II presents a practice that supports life-affirming interconnectedness as an alternative to our culture’s current sanitized end of life processes.
Limited to 30 audience members per performance, 8 performances only.
More information can be found at www.carrieahern.com
About Borrowed Prey: Part I
“Anyone who believes there are no meaty roles for dancers should check out “Borrowed Prey,” Performed for just 20 people at a time, it’s the rare dance piece that takes place in a butcher shop.” --Leigh Witchel, NY Post
Pork and Mead Magazine calls Ahern a “charismatic performer” who creates “...visceral, haunting performances pushing the boundaries of dance and abstract thought”
“Borrowed Prey….brought me to my knees. An engaging, boundary-pushing, and highly personal work…Ahern is a clever and highly emotive performer. Her confidence, kind calm, and earthiness fortify the inherent authority that enables her to guide the audience through the unexpected, invasive, and sometimes unpleasant elements of her show. Borrowed Prey is an ambitious, thoughtful, site-specific performance art experience. It’s a must-see…. but is not for the faint of heart.” --Joseph Samuel Wright /Theateronline
“...it can keep you awake and thinking hard for some time.”
--Deborah Jowitt—Arts Journal
Carrie Ahern Dance /Present Pariah Inc. creates worlds that are complete in their lush layering of visual, kinesthetic, and aural textures. Carrie Ahern Dance is gaining a reputation for expanding unique spaces with explosive formats. Most recently the company’s work involves extensive research and moves beyond commentary from afar to engage inside a community. It places its trust in the medium of the body.
Carrie Ahern Dance was a 2011 NYFA BUILD grant recipient, a recipient of an LMCC Swing Space grant in 2009/10, a BAX space grant artist in 2007/08, a 2007 recipient of a Fractured Atlas’ Creative Development Grant. Evenings include: Borrowed Prey: Part I (2012) performed at Rainshadow Meats in Seattle and Dickson’s Farmstand Meats in NYC; SeNSATE (2009/10) a 3 hour multi-floored dance installation, performed at the 100-year- old former bathhouse, the Brooklyn Lyceum, 14 Wall--an underground bank vault presented by LMCC, Baltimore Theatre Project, Princeton University and Columbia University’s Anthropology Dept in conjunction with Rosalind Morris’ class “Cultures of Accusation”. Covers (2009) Ahern’s performance installation with crochet sculptress Olek, was performed for 3 weeks at rush hour for The LAB, a midtown storefront gallery. Her first collaboration with Olek was The Unity of Skin (2008) - commissioned by Danspace Project. Danspace Project and the Guggenheim/Works-and-Process commissioned the company’s first evening- Red (2006). Two solo commissions: From Bessie award winning dancer Carolyn Hall (2003) and actor/director Jeffrey Frace (2013). Nationally and internationally, her work has been presented at Project: Space Available in Seattle, Baltimore Theatre Project, Danceworks and Walker’s Point Arts Center in Milwaukee, Le Regard du Cygne in Paris and at the Festival OFF in Avignon, France.
Carrie Ahern’s choreography has been a part of three collaborations with Alwan for the Arts. The inter-disciplinary Resonance project (2012-2014); Turath (2012)for ADC with composer Amir-El Saffar; Fashion in Performance (2011) with fashion designer Hana Sadiq and band New Prosthetics.
Ahern has taught master classes at the University of Washington, NYU, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and School for Film and Television. She has taught experimental workshops in the art of burial,pig/human anatomy comparison,whole animal butchering and cross-pollinated with Nietzsche scholars (originally developed in Germany). She was a guest speaker at NYU for philosophy classes in Spectacle. Ahern co-presented at the ASTR/CORD conference in Seattle in November 2010 and co-wrote a dance/theater manifesto with Jeffrey Frace entitled: “Nursing a Beautiful Bastard”.
Borrowed Prey:Part II is made possible, in part, through generous support of Alwan for the Arts and Ahmed Issawi.