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FREE Beach Sessions: Laurie Berg and Boomerang

FREE Beach Sessions: Laurie Berg and Boomerang


Laurie Berg and Boomerang


Rockaway Beach
On the sand at Beach 86th
Queens, NY


Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 6:30pm



Laurie Berg and Boomerang

Laurie Berg brings her latest work, The Mineralogy of Objects, out of the theater and onto the beach! Translating Variétés de Minéralogie Object (1939), a shadow box by artist Joseph Cornell, into a collective, kinetic exercise, The Mineralogy of Objects finds inspiration in Cornell’s repetition and transformation of a female silhouette. Berg works with her collection of objects and props, and the driving, visceral effects of a baseline beat, to create a space that is both highly structured and simultaneously fantastical. Created by Laurie Berg in collaboration with Jodi Bender, Bessie McDonough-Thayer and Jillian Sweeney. Original Sound by Karl Scholz. The Mineralogy of Objects premiered at Danspace Project in 2015.

BOOMERANG brings their latest work, Repercussion, a percussively visceral and psychologically dynamic work that explores “active forgetting” based on new writing by MacArthur Fellow and cultural critic Lewis Hyde. Repercussion was made in collaboration with Greg Saunier, drummer and founding member of the internationally-acclaimed band Deerhoof, and the costumes were created by threeASFOUR, recipients of the 2015 Cooper-Hewitt/Smithsonian Museum’s National Design Award. Repercussion was originally commissioned by Dixon Place for a March 2016 premiere in New York City and was subsequently premiered in Paris, France at the Arts Arena at the invitation of Robert Wilson.

Beach Sessions Dance Series returns to Rockaway Beach, Queens for its second season of beach-front outdoor performances with New York’s most sought-after choreographers. For two Saturdays in August, on two shared bills, four choreographers are invited to re-imagine their work on an outdoor stage situated in the sand with the ocean as the backdrop. The series offers beachgoers and Rockaway locals a unique cultural experience at the City’s popular summertime retreat.

Beach Sessions’ mission is to support creativity in the Rockaways, facilitate public engagement with contemporary dance on the peninsula, and inspire sustained investment in the natural beauty of the Rockaway shoreline. Beach Sessions Dance Series is curated and organized by Sasha Okshteyn.

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Photo captions:
Left: Laurie Berg and dancers by Ian Douglas
Right: BOOMERANG by Jonno Rattman

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