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ROVE presents "Close Encounters" at the Roger Smith Hotel

ROVE presents "Close Encounters" at the Roger Smith Hotel




Roger Smith Hotel’s Window: 501 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10017, United States


Monday, June 16, 2014 - 8:00am
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 8:00am
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 8:00am
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 8:00am
Friday, June 20, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 8:00am
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 8:00am
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 8:00am
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 8:00am
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 8:00am
Friday, June 27, 2014 - 8:00am






The Window at 125 Presents The Introducing Series: Season 5
ROVE presents Close Encounters

ROVE (formerly RoofTop Dance) is thrilled to partner with the Roger Smith Hotel’s Window at 125 for a second year through The Introducing Series, Season 5 to present Close Encounters. A two-week series featuring 5 artists working in the field of performance, Close Encounters offers meetings of art, artists, and audiences that are unexpected and intimate at the same time. Using the frame of the Window at 125 (both figuratively and literally), Close Encounters wonders how chance encounters can engender deeper connections and sustained interest. 

When we view dance or performance, our watching is often short and singular. Whether we’re sitting in the audience at the ballet or hurrying by a street performer, we look and then we look away.  Close Encounters offers viewers a chance to look, and then look again--each artist will spend a full 11-hour day in the Window at 125, and then return for a second 11-hour installation in the series’ second week. This “looking again”---re-specting, if we trace the word back to the Latin root--- offers not only the chance to see more from each artist, but to see closer, to get to know their work in a fuller and more intimate way. We encourage viewers to look with us and then look again, be it over the course of one encounter, within a day, or throughout the whole series.



Join us in welcoming this season's artists: Tony Carlson, Walter Dundervill, lonely goat, Molly Poerstel, and The Space We Make!

As curators, we were drawn to these 5 artists, who represent a broad range of young makers and experienced performers, because they share an interest in how the role-specific and non-traditional spaces play in the relationship between viewer and performer.  How each artist explores this through Close Encounters, what bodies and materials they utilize to do so, and the aesthetics of that relationship are entirely up to them. We can't wait to see how they use the space!



Artists inhabit the Window at 125 for 11-hour installations from 8am to 7pm each day Monday through Friday. Come by anytime, or check ROVE's facebook page for updates on each artist’s installation.

Week 1:

Monday 6/16                         Molly Poerstel
Tuesday 6/17                        The Space We Make
Wednesday 6/18                   lonely goat
Thursday 6/19                       Tony Carlson
Friday 6/20                            Walter Dundervill

Saturday 6/21                        Performance Party @ Abrons Art Center
                                            (see below for more details!)
Week 2:

Monday 6/23                         Molly Poerstel
Tuesday 6/24                        The Space We Make
Wednesday 6/25                   Walter Dundervill
Thursday 6/26                       Tony Carlson
Friday 6/27                            lonely goat


Join us for Happy Hour!

Join us after at Lily’s Bar at the Roger Smith Hotel for an extended happy hour from 5-8pm each day with a special ROVE cocktail!


::: SAVE THE DATE - JUNE 21st 7-10PM :::
Abrons Arts Center, Experimental Theater
Tickets on sale soon!

Celebrate ROVE’s 2-week series at the Roger Smith Hotel with a good-old-fashioned summer danceparty, complete with a by-donation bar, pop-up performances, special guests and more. See what ROVE’s artists have been up to in the first week of their installation, and get pumped up for the culmination of their time in the Window at 125!
+ DJ/Danceparty
+ Donation Bar
+ Featuring performance from ROVE artists: Tony Carlson, Walter Dundervill, lonely goat, Molly Poerstel, and The Space We Make.
+ Toast from Danika Druttman of the Roger Smith Hotel, and ROVE producers
   Anna Adams Stark, Isabella Hreljanoivc, Edward Rice, and Sarah A.O. Rosner
A note from ROVE producer Sarah A.O. Rosner: there have will be increasing reports of chronological instability surrounding this danceparty—a singular sense of time is not a guaranteed feature of this event. Prepare yourself for a potential fall out of time by visiting the Kairos Clinic. They're waiting for you, drifter.

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