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Monday, December 3, 2012 - 4:50am

COMMONS CHOIR/Daria Fain & Robert Kocik E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E

COMMONS CHOIR/Daria Fain & Robert Kocik
February 28 – March 2, 2013 at 7:30pm
New York, NY, November 30, 2012 – New York Live Arts will present the world premiere of E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E, February 28 – March 2, 2013, at 7:30pm. Created by choreographer Daria Faïn and poet Robert Kocik, in collaboration with composer Katherine Young and vocalist Samita Sinha and the COMMONS CHOIR, E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E is an epic, town hall musical proposing, with Thomas Paine and Martin Luther King, money as public property. These performances are part of the Prosodic Body, a collaborative, performable research project by Faïn and Kocik that seeks to draw attention to the interdependency of art and health in our everyday lives.
The upcoming engagement of E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E consists of rescheduled performances, originally programmed for late October 2012 and cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.
Twenty-seven dancers, singers, actors and musicians treat our current inequity crisis with reparative tones and intentions with the body as horn of plenty. The performers of E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E  oscillate between solo performance and choral responses either choreographed in formal geometry or in compelling and high-energy group movements. At other moments, simple standing postures of the performers allow the audience to be absorbed in the harmony of the singing.
In addition, Kocik will set up an installation in the New York Live Arts lobby. Called “Lobbying”, the installation will include a public reading area with texts touching upon concerns of the Commons Choir as well as a call for interested poets, performers and others to collaboratively write and pursue the enactment of legislation related to the monetary system.
Performances will take place at New York Live Arts’ Bessie Schönberg Theater. Come Early Conversations and Stay Late Discussions will also be featured with two shows (see complete schedule below). Tickets are 0 and 5. Tickets may be purchased online at tickets.newyorklivearts.org, by phone at 212-924-0077 and in person at the box office. Box office hours are Monday to Friday from 1 to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 8pm.
Schedule of Related Events:
Feb 28 at 6:30pm Come Early Conversation: BEGGING
Moderated by Sam Miller (President, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) and Laura Stelmok
Mar 1 Stay Late Discussion: Practicing the Prosodic Body with Daria Fain and the COMMONS CHOIR
Moderated by Carla Peterson (Artistic Director, New York Live Arts)
Listing info:
COMMONS CHOIR/Daria Fain & Robert Kocik 
February 28 – March 2 at 7:30pm
Bessie Schönberg Theater, New York Live Arts
Tickets: 0, 5
219 W 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
Box Office hours:
Monday-Friday 1 - 9pm | Saturday-Sunday 12 - 8pm
E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E is commissioned by New York Live Arts and made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jerome Foundation. Additional support is given by contributors to the Dance Theater Workshop Commissioning Fund at New York Live Arts.

E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E is produced by the Prosodic Body and the members of the Commons Choir. Development support was provided by a series of residencies including the Movement Research Artist In Residence program supported by The Jerome Foundation, The Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund and The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency (2008-2010), LMCC SWING SPACE (2009-2010) and The Field Artist Residency program supported by Lambent Foundation (2011). Funds have also been provided by the James Robison Foundation.

Pre-production support has been provided by Dance New Amsterdam (2012) through its Artist In Residence Program including studio rehearsal and office space plus a technical residency in the theater.
About The Artists:
Daria Faïn is an acclaimed New York choreographer originally from Antibes, France. Her choreography fuses her European cultural background with two decades of practice in Asian philosophies of the body and American dance training. Her influences include the classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam, the butoh-based work of Min Tanaka and extensive study the reciprocal influence that architecture and human behavior have on one another. Faïn has also researched of 17th century landscape architecture, and has given several lectures on Swiss-born modern architect and urbanist Le Corbusier. Over the years Faïn’s choreographic research has led her to work with psychotics, patients with other mental disorders and blind-deaf individuals, leading to a complex understanding of the body as a resource of knowledge.
In New York, Faïn's work has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, The Chocolate Factory, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Center for Performance Research, Dance New Amsterdam, The Kitchen, the 92nd Street Y and Movement Research, among many other venues.
Over the course of her career, she has presented 15 evening-length performances and numerous other short works and installations. She founded, designed and built the multidisciplinary arts center and performance space Atelier Trigon with Robert Kocik in Paris in 1990, and served as its Co-Artistic Director from 1990-1994. In 2000, Faïn founded the dance company Human Behavior Explorers, and in 2008, with Kocik, she launched the 501(c)3 non-profit organization Universal Coverage Initiative, Inc.
In 1979, Faïn received the Cultural Ministry Award from the Concours Internationale de Choregraphie de Bagnolet (France). In 1986 she received a special fellowship from the French Ministry of Urbanism’s Architecture Research Section. She has also been awarded numerous grants and commissions from the French Ministry of Culture, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Foundation Cartier (Paris), the Ecole de Beaux Arts (Paris), Marseille Objectif Danse (Marseille, France), Danspace Project, the HipUp Foundation, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the American Music Center: Live Music for Dance, the James E. Robison, the Foundation For Contemporary Arts and the Rubin Museum. Fain is Movement Artist in Residence 2008-10 and has been a faculty member of this organization since 2005. She has taught master classes and workshops at institutions across the United States, including the Trisha Brown Studio, New York University, Tulane University, Adelphi University, Rutgers University, Cooper Union and Sarah Lawrence College. Her writing has frequently been published in the Movement Research Performance Journal.
Robert Kocik’s cutting-edge work blurs the distinction between art and architecture. He has studied poetry at the New College in San Francisco and engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique IBOIS in Lausanne, Switzerland. After apprenticing with Japanese woodworkers in the San Francisco Bay Area, under the tutelage of Makoto Imai, and working with the Compagnons du Devoir, a traditional French wood-framers guild, Kocik began fusing these two traditions in his own work, beginning with furniture and gradually evolving into architecture and sculpture. He has been commissioned to design buildings for several well-known artists, including internationally acclaimed sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard and prestigious art critic David Levi-Strauss.  

As an architect in the public sphere, he works toward the realization of “missing civic services,” conceptualizing, designing and constructing buildings that serve a public function and provide an activity that in some way “turns the world around.” Examples of past missing civic services include Preemptive Peace Place 2002, Enfranchisement Ranch 2005 and Furniture While You Wait 1990. Kocik has exhibited related sculptural work at P.S. 122, Hunter College Gallery, the Kentler International Drawing Space and the Makor Gallery, all in New York, among many other venues. His work is currently on view at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan. Kocik is also an acclaimed poet whose books include Over Coming Fitness (Autonomedia, 2000) Rhrurbarb (Ecopoetics, 2007) and The Prosodic Body (The Factory School, 2009).  In 1997 he founded the Bureau Of Material Behaviors, a materials research, consultation, design, and building practice located in Brooklyn, NY. Kocik has taught and lectured extensively throughout the United States.


COMMONS CHOIR has been presented at Dixon Place; Movement Research Spring Festival co-presented with LMCC; Poetry Project copresented with Danspace; for the New Museum Festival of Ideas; and at the Harlem Stage (America Project produced by MAPP International). Lecture-demonstrations have been given in 2010-2011 at New York University, Harvard University, San Francisco State University, Michigan State University, and Rutgers University.

Our funding includes support from: The New York State Council on the Arts, the HipUp Foundation (Belgium), The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the American Music Center: Live Music for Dance Program, the James E. Robison Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Rubin Museum. Daria Faïn was the recipient of a fellowship from the French Ministry of Urbanism’s Architecture Research Section (1986). She has also received support from the French Ministry of Culture, the Foundation Cartier (Paris), the Ecole de Beaux Arts (Paris), MOD (France) and Danspace Project. Faïn was a Movement Research Artist in Residence, 2008-10.


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