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TUNDRA at The Invisible Dog

TUNDRA at The Invisible Dog


Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 12:00pm

June 6-8th, 7:30pm

Christiana Axelsen presents
June 6-8 at 7:30pm
The Invisible Dog Art Center
Christiana Axelsen announces the premiere of Tundra on June 6-8 at 7:30pm at The Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn.  Tickets are 5.00 and may be purchased cash-only at the box office the night of the show.  Reservations can be made at tundra.reservations@gmail.com.

Tundra is an evening-length performance piece developed by choreographer Christiana Axelsen, dramaturg Megan Smith and playwright Chana Porter.   Tundra features performers Andrew Champlin, Quinlan Corbett, Kevin Ho, Maya Lawson, Anna Schon, and Randall Anthony Smith. 

Inspired by mountaineering, early aviation, arctic exploration and Gaston Bachelard, Tundra uses the simultaneous presentation of dance and theater as a method to investigate the human fascination with conquering unknown space.  By featuring multiple, decentralized islands of action within the stage space, the work aims is to capture the intimacy of human interactions within a vast landscape and to give the viewer the experience of a poetic, adventurous spectatorship.

Pico Iyer once said that the greatest travel writer who ever lived was Emily Dickinson.  This poet who rarely, if ever, left her house was able to capture the very heart of why we adventure, why we seek out challenging, dangerous endeavors – to better understand the essence of the human experience.  I think this connects to something that Gaston Bachelard talks about in the Poetics of Space “that it is always more enriching to imagine than to experience.”  Personally, I am torn by this thought.  I live in New York City and I dream about climbing mountains.  I read about extreme landscapes that I wish to explore.   Is this imagining really better than experience?  Maybe I make art because choreographing and performing serve as a poetic imagining of unrealized experience.  Tundra is an investigation of this pull between unknown space and our homes, the safe places where we indulge in dreaming and the act of creation, where like Emily Dickenson, the thought of unknown space perhaps helps us better mine the depths of our own selves.

Christiana Axelsen’s choreographic interest lies in how dance and theater can coexist in time and space, independent from each other, providing infinite interpretations of the relationship between kinesthetic and narrative elements.  Her work has been seen at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dixon Place, Women in Motion Salon Series, and Movement Research's Open Performance.  She collaborated with theater artist Seth Powers to create Money Thinks I’m Dead as part of a 2012-2013 residency at Mabou Mines.  Christiana has been a member of the zoe | juniper since 2005 and has performed with Michou Szabo, Anne Zuerner, Mana Kawamura, Raja Kelly, Korhan Basaran, and Dai Jian among others.  She graduated summa cum laude with degree in dance and geology from Mount Holyoke College.  

Tundra is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).

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