Performing at MoMA on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
I'm pleased to inform you that despite the recent visit from Sandy, the performances at the MoMA scheduled for this weekend are still happening! I'm excited to invite you to Blues, a group work choreographed by Deborah Hay, a seminal postmodern dance artist, as part of Some sweet day, a performance series curated by Ralph Lemon at the MoMA in NYC. It's been an immense privilege to work with Deborah and a stunning cast of performers. More info follows below. (For those of you outside of NYC there is supposed to be a live stream of the Saturday performance online at moma.org.)
Deborah Hay, Blues
Friday, November 2, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 3, 2012, 3:00 p.m. (live stream of the Saturday performance available at moma.org
Sunday, November 4, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
Deborah Hay (American, b.1941) is widely considered one of the most influential and relevant choreographers in experimental dance today. As a founding member of New York’s Judson Dance Theatre in the 1960s, she took part in radically reshaping American dance by opening it up to other art forms and by shifting it away from spectacle and toward ordinary, everyday movements. For Some sweet day, Hay contributes a new dance titled Blues, which was inspired Hay's vision of a dance for 12 African American and 15 white American dancers in the Museum’s Marron Atrium and lobby. Addressing issues of race and social reality, Blues is a means “to ground the space in life.” Performance approx. 30 min.
A response with Sarah Michelson and Deborah Hay will be held on Saturday, November 3 at 4:00 p.m.
Some sweet day is a three-week program of dance performances by contemporary choreographers in the Museum's Marron Atrium. Each Week the series pairs two from a total of six internationally renowned choreographers in an intergenerational and cross-cultural dialogue about each other's work. Through partially new, commissioned work, the program demonstrates how the current state of dance can confront a variety of subjects such as aesthetics, gender, race, and history. Concurrently—by putting a focus on choreography in an institution that traditionally showcases static objects—Some sweet day argues for the extended potentials and possibilities of the museum space.
Organized by Ralph Lemon, guest curator and choreographer, with Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, MoMA PS1, and Jill A. Samuels, Producer, Department of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art. Presented as part of MoMA's ongoing Performance Program, organized by Sabine Breitwieser, Chief Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art.