Keely Garfield at The Chocolate Factory
March 13-16 2013
Keely Garfield Dance
Telling The Bees
Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm
5-49 49th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
*7 train to Vernon/Jackson (1st stop in Queens - 5 minutes from Grand Central!)
February 6, 2012 – The Chocolate Factory (www.chocolatefactorytheater.org)launches its Spring 2013 season with Telling The Bees, a new performance by Keely Garfield. Tickets are 5 and may be purchased in advance at (212) 352-3101 or on the web @ www.chocolatefactorytheater.org.
Hailed as an artist working “at the height of her powers” (New York Times), and recently nominated for a 2012 New York Dance and Performance Award “Bessie” for Twin Pines,Keely Garfield now sheds her recent over-the-top works, adopting a plainer approach, and a pared-down inventory. Embracing the optimism of empty space Garfield presents scenes polished to reveal their essential crystalline nature, and redefines herself for the time being.
The forgotten custom of telling bees when their beekeeper died, was believed to keep the bees from absconding or even dying, and encourage their affiliation with a new beekeeper. This tradition assumes a reciprocal relationship between animals and humans, between past, present and future, and between the lines of life and death.
“The Time Is Now!” proclaim hawkers of the end of the world theories urging us to pay attention to catastrophic signs all around us. But time itself is not a thing outside of anyone. We are time. The singular inhabitants of Telling The Bees do not move towards time in a strict chronological manner but rather, through the lens of performance, observe that time is enlivened and elastic, supraliminal and supramolecular. Is perpetuation a disappearing act or a reappearing one? The gods of time, the dry-eyed divider of moments Chronos and his more fluid brother Kairos, who knows Now as the gateway to eternity, vie for attention.
Perhaps sent by the gods to show us how to live in harmony and accord, bees are currently facing the greatest threat to their existence as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) decimates their broods. Since honeybees are the primary pollinators of many fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, humans are also facing environmental and ethical challenges around the wide use of pesticides and the consequences of our disregard for the other life forms that we share this planet with. Telling The Bees forages links between the waggle and round dances of the honeybees, their timeless industrious, cooperative societies, the honeyed results of their toil and the sting of breakdown in our own organizing principles.
Telling The Bees is choreographed and performed by Keely Garfield; and features performances by Paul Hamilton, Molly Lieber, Brandin Steffensen, and Omagbitse Omagbemi. Original drones and tones by Luca Fadda, electronic beats by Cyrus Ra, and live song cycles by Matthew Brookshire.
“Garfield’s work is resonantly individual, defiantly uncategorizable, an emanation of things deep within.” (Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times.)
More and more, British-born choreographer Keely Garfield has been developing her artistic offerings as an extension of her personal and professional engagement in the world beyond dance. Recent works are inflected with her time in India, Alaska, and Haiti, where she respectively studied yoga and penned a novel, hiked and choreographed a musical, and served as an integrative therapist in an orphanage and hospital. Garfield holds a BA and MFA in choreography, is a certified E-RYT 500 yoga teacher, and Urban Zen Integrative Therapist. She also teaches dance composition and improvisation at colleges, curates and writes about dance, and leads wellness workshops.
Garfield’s work has been presented at many theaters and festivals both nationally and internationally. Highlights include: Deep (The Joyce Theater), Disturbing The Peace(Zenon Dance Company, MN), Iron Lung (Groundworks Dancetheater, OH),Disturbulance (Dance Theater Workshop), Scent of Mental Love (a film for Radio Bremen/Canal Arte), Limerence (Danspace Project 2009), Twin Pines (Danspace Project 2012).