Jessica Gaynor Dance presents The Location of Figures at Danspace Project
Jessica Gaynor Dance
Jessica Gaynor Dance presents
The Location of Figures
Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church
April 7-9, 2016 at 8pm
The Location of Figures is inspired by the art and ideas of American born, conceptual artist, Sol Lewitt. The work investigates density; the dancers move through the square space as the floor is divided and subdivided, many times over. The piece explores how relationships between the dancers, or figures, shifts, depending on continually changing spatial boundaries. An architectural element is added to the work, as the dancers' bodies fit together to become three-dimensional cubes, inspired by Lewitt's Incomplete Open Cube series. Suddenly, relationships are transformed, as dancers must rely on others to hold their weight and support them. The Location of Figures reveals human relationships based simply on lines in space, as density, angles and structures continue to shift. Music composed by Quentin Tolimieri, performed live by Tolimieri on piano. Lighting design by Andrew Dickerson. Performing the work will be dancers Emily Diers, Sarah Eichler, Ariel Lembeck, Jordan Risdon, Julia Sabangan, Gabriel Speiller, Dillon Spicer and Kristi Tornga.
Jessica Gaynor Dance is presenting as part of Danspace Project's Community ACCESS series, which provides subsidized off-season rental opportunities for Danspace Project community members.
Jessica Gaynor is a choreographer, teacher and the Artistic Director of Jessica Gaynor Dance, a modern dance company based in Brooklyn, NY. Founded in 2003, the company performs Gaynor's works that utilize kinetic physicality, intricate patterning, and formal structures in an exploration of the complexities of human experience. Over the last decade, Gaynor has created sixteen works, including seven evening length pieces, and has performed at venues such as Danspace Project, The Skirball Center/NYU, Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, The 92nd Street Y, The Kitchen, Peridance, Gowanus Art + Production, Triskelion Arts, Hudson Guild Theater, BAX, Dixon Place, White Wave, Brown University, and The Built on Stilts Dance Festival on Martha's Vineyard. Gaynor earned a BA from Brown University and an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from California Institute of the Arts. Gaynor's repertory has been set on students at Grand Canyon University, Brown University, The Fieldston School, Young Dancemakers Company and The Brearley School. In addition to her work with JGD, Gaynor is Associate Director of Young Dancemakers Company and serves on Triskelion Arts' Board of Directors.
Quentin Tolimieri is a composer, pianist and improvisor. His work has been presented throughout Europe and North America at a variety of venues, including, most recently, Roulette and The Stone (NYC), Instants Chavires and La Chapelle (France) and The SPOR Festival for New Music and Sound Art (Denmark), which presented his long form (three hours in total) multi-channel electronic work Three Comedies in its entirety. His music is included on the album West Coast Soundings (Wandelweiser Records) which has been listed as one of the top ten modern classical albums of 2014 by the Wire Magazine. A chapter of eldritch Priest's Boring Formless Nonsense, Experimental Music and the Aesthetics of Failure (Bloomsbury Academic) is devoted to a lengthy discussion of his work Josef, Lieber Josef Mein. He holds an MA in composition from The University of Southampton (UK) and a BFA in composition and piano from California Institute of the Arts. He lives in New York City, and works as a freelance pianist.
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