Rachel Tess presents SOUVENIR UNDONE at the River To River Festival
Photo Credit: Michael Mazzola
June 19–20, 22, 24–25 at 1 p.m. & 4 p.m., Jun 27–28 at 1 p.m.
St. Cornelius Chapel, Governors Island
Co-presented with Baryshnikov Arts Center
All performances are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required and will open June 1
“What are the ideal conditions for dance? "Souvenir" forces us to confront this question—and offers a space in which to imagine the possibilities.”—Lydia Bell, 2013 BAC Story
Co-commissioned and presented by Baryshnikov Arts Center with generous support from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.
Developed during a 2013 Princess Grace Foundation-USA Works-in-Progress Residency at BAC, and LMCC’s Process Space residency in 2014, Souvenir Undone is Rachel Tess’s ongoing dance project that explores the relationship between architecture and choreography, and choreographer and audience. The work delves into the concept of pre-existing institutional structures and how this design may impact the making and viewing of performance. As part of River To River 2015, Tess further investigates the relationships between surrounding environments and people occupying space, in a site-specific work created in the St. Cornelius Chapel on Governors Island. Performers Rachel Tess and Luis Rodriguez move to the sounds of the island and adapt the choreography to the Chapel using constructed modules to move the existing architecture. Audiences will shift their vantage point throughout the performance.