Danspace Project Presents Moriah Evans in collaboration with Alan Calpe
The first ever evening-length work by Evans in New York
Danspace Project Presents
in collaboration with ALAN CALPE
February 21-23, 2013 [Thu-Sat] 8PM
Admission: 8 (2 members)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, New York, NY, February 12, 2013 - Danspace Project presents the premiere of choreographer Moriah Evans' Another Performance, a collaboration with visual artist Alan Calpe. This is the first ever evening-length work by Evans in New York. A work-in-progress version of Another Performance was shown at Danspace Project's DraftWork series.
Moriah Evans makes dances to confront questions about performance, gender, and to be in negotiation with visual art and dance history. A Managing Editor of Movement Research Performance Journal, Evans initiated The Bureau for the Future of Choreography, which recently wrapped up a residency at The New Museum. In 2010 she was involved in organizing the production of The Swedish Dance History, an international publication and performance initiated and realized through International Performance Exchange (Inpex).
Evans and collaborator Calpe share and interrelate their disciplinary practices in order to probe the force of history, materials, and space on bodies, as well as the force of the individual person onto space, materials, and history. "Another Performance is another performance," says Evans. The work investigates the relation between a "thing" animated into performance and a "body" performing actions. Is a "dancer" an object of dance history-culled into predetermined forms-just a material that occupies shape in space? How can objects animate space and space animate objects-does a sculpture perform? When does a dance become a task, and when does a task become a dance?
Explains Evans "Another Performance proposes one possible future in staging a meeting of the quotidian and the spectacular through conditions of searching and switching between aesthetic strategies." Motifs from four of dance history's pivotal female matriarchs-Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Lucinda Childs, and Trisha Brown-are revealed and concealed. References to everyday materials and tasks, process art, dance history and ritual transform through frame, energetic state, and spatial trajectory.
Choreography Moriah Evans
Objects Alan Calpe Costumes Alan Calpe, Evelyn Donnelly & Moriah Evans
Performers include Alan Calpe, Maggie Cloud, Tess Dworman, Moriah Evans, Christina Evans, Sarah Beth Percival, and Ondrej Vidlar
Moriah Evans choreographs and dances to confront questions about performance, gender, and to be in negotiation with visual art and dance history. Her work has been presented in NYC through Movement Research at Judson Church, AUNTS, BAX, DNA, Danspace Project, THROW at The Chocolate Factory, and Dixon Place and in California at CALit2 and Sushi Performance and Visual Art. In April 2012, the culmination of a collaborative research project with Sarah Beth Percival, Out of and Into (8/8): STUFF, was presented at Theatre de L'Usine in Geneva, Switzerland. She has worked on projects with choreographers Sarah Michelson, Trajal Harrell, Boris Charmatz, Elie Hay, the Swedish choreographic collective INPEX and the artist Tino Sehgal. She has been a Managing Editor of the Movement Research Performance Journal since Fall 2009. She was a danceWEBber (2009) at ImPulsTanz in Vienna, and from 2007-2008, she was a Mary Elvira Stevens fellow during which time she traveled for a year of residencies in Rio de Janeiro, Dakar, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Frankfurt, Berlin, and Brussels in order to do embodied research in relation to her choreographic practice. In 2011 she initiated The Bureau for the Future of Choreography, which just completed a residency through Movement Research in Residence at the New Museum, upon the 50th anniversary of Judson Dance Theater. She is a 2011-2013 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. Moriah received her BA from Wellesley College in Art History and English Literature and her MA in Visual Culture, Art History, Theory & Criticism from the University of California, San Diego.
Alan Calpe received his BA from the University of Florida and his MFA in Visual Arts from UC San Diego. He has attended residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME), Atlantic Center for the Arts (FL), and St. Ann's Warehouse (NY). His work has included exhibition at The Getty Museum (CA), Museum of Chinese in America (NY), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, LAXART (CA), Harvestworks (NY), NURTUREart (NY), and Anthology Film Archives (NY). His collaborations with Cloud Seeding, a traveling circus-inspired performance project, included invitations to The Kitchen (NY), The Wexner Center (OH), Chashama (NYC), McKinney Art Contemporary (TX) and RISD, also receiving a Franklin Furnace Grant for Performance Art.