collective terrain/s [April 25 – May 4, 2019]
Organizers: Jasmine Hearn, Tatyana Tenenbaum & Lydia Bell
April 25 – May 4, 2019
collective terrain/s is a collective research process into sounding in the body. How does the body open up possibilities for voice and resistance? What resonances in the voice and body exist beyond language?
collective terrain/s will culminate in two weeks of events organized by choreographers Jasmine Hearn & Tatyana Tenenbaum with Danspace Project Associate Curator Lydia Bell, including performances by Hearn, Tenenbuam, Tendayi Kuumba, and Samita Sinha.
“Jasmine Hearn and Tatyana Tenenbaum are artists who have made me think deeply about questions of perimeter, presence, and vibration,” writes Bell. “Along with Tendayi Kuumba and Samita Sinha, they are engaged in thinking about the ethics of how we gather, how we are heard, and how we listen. By seeing the work of these four artists next to one another, I hope to consider how private acts of gathering, sounding, and listening can reverberate in the public space of performance.”
A publication designed by collective please/denise shu mei will include commissioned writing by Amber Jamilla Musser, Nicole Wallace, Cyrah Ward, and Rochelle Wilbun, each invited by the artists as a witness their work, as well as documentation of the research process.
collective terrain/s performances & events:
Thursday, April 25, 8pm: A shared evening of work by Tendayi Kuumba & Samita Sinha
Friday, April 26, 2-4pm: Workshop led by Jasmine Hearn, Tendayi Kuumba, Samita Sinha, and Tatyana Tenenbaum
Friday, April 26, 5pm: Publication launch party
Saturday, April 27, 8pm: A shared evening of work by Tendayi Kuumba & Samita Sinha
Thursday, May 2, 8pm: A shared evening of work by Jasmine Hearn & Tatyana Tenenbaum, followed by post-show discussion
Friday, May 3, 8pm: A shared evening of work by Jasmine Hearn & Tatyana Tenenbaum, followed by post-show discussion
Saturday, May 4, 8pm: A shared evening of work by Jasmine Hearn & Tatyana Tenenbaum
A shared evening of work by Tendayi Kuumba & Samita Sinha
Thursday, April 25, 8pm
Saturday, April 27, 8pm
Dancer, acclaimed jazz singer, songwriter, and company member of Urban Bush Women, Tendayi Kuumba works with visual, creative sound, and spoken word artist Greg Purnell to present U.F.O.: (Unidentified Fly Objects), an exploration of sound meeting the body.
Explains Kuumba, “When I think of “collective terrain”, I think of [a] telescope, a kaleidoscope… the literal galaxy and the internal galaxy that is our DNA.” Partners in love and in life, Kuumba and Purnell imagine this duet as “a micro-journey through one’s inner-verse, an otherworldly deja vu, a reminder of what we once were.”
Composer, performer, and educator Samita Sinha combines tradition and experiment to make vocal performance works that investigate cultural inheritance and the experience of being a body in the world.
Infinity Folds is a dance in sound—a process of coming together to make formations of vibration, inside and outside. The work is composed and instigated by Sinha and created by Regina Bain, Rina Espiritu, Fana Fraser, Yingjia Lemon Guo, Chaesong Kim, Risha Lee, Okwui Okpokwasili, lily bo shapiro, Sheena Sood, and Helen Yung, who work with fragments of Baul music, a radically embodied folk tradition from Bengal, to open possibilities for voice and body.
Workshop led by Jasmine Hearn, Tendayi Kuumba, Samita Sinha, and Tatyana Tenenbaum
Friday, April 26, 2-4pm
Admission: $10 suggested donation with RSVP.
Hearn, Kuumba, Sinha, and Tenenbaum will collectively lead participants in a workshop on sounding in the body. Each artist will share a part of their process or approach with participants. Come as you are; no prior dance or vocal experience necessary.
Publication launch party
Friday, April 26, 5-7pm
Admission: Free. RSVP at danspaceproject.org
Celebrate the launch of the collective terrain/s publication with contributions from Lydia Bell, Marisa Clementi, Yingjia Lemon Guo, Jasmine Hearn, Tendayi Kuumba, Pareena Lim, Rebeca Medina, Denise Shu Mei, Amber Jamilla Musser, Greg Purnell, lily bo shapiro, Samita Sinha, Jules Skloot, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Nicole Wallace, Cyrah Ward, and Rochelle Wilbun.
A shared evening of work by Jasmine Hearn & Tatyana Tenenbaum
Thursday, May 2, 8pm
Friday, May 3, 8pm
Saturday, May 4, 8pm
Bessie Award-winning performer and choreographer Jasmine Hearn uses dance and sound as materials to make, teach, and perform around the world. you think you fancy is a performance project using sound and movement from family, community, and elders. It is a mash-up of the pedestrian, the virtuosic, and the practical, with a focus on tension and vulnerability.
Paired with a sound-scape, this is a dance score for black femmes to follow their pleasure and to connect using languages that bring them most comfort. Writes Hearn, “using dance, poetry, song, text, and sound, we are grieving. And we are celebrating…It’s about them and her and my sister and our moving bodies with the ever-changing horizon.”
Performers include Maria Bauman, Solana Hoffman Carter, Aye Eckerson, Dominica Greene, Jasmine Hearn, Kadie Henderson, Catherine Kirk, Jennifer Payan, Angie Pittman, Jo Stewart, and Rochelle Jamila Wilburn with costumes designed by Athena Kokoronis of Domestic Performance Agency and lighting designed by Kathy Kaufmann.
Choreographer and composer Tatyana Tenenbaum’s work explores the phenomenal space of the singing body and its capacity to hold and shape American narratives. Tenenbaum and co-performers/co-creators Marisa Clementi, Pareena Lim, Emily Moore, Jules Skloot, and Saúl Ulerio have been putting into action a relational practice that grows from conversation, trust, togetherness, disagreement, and dissent – a practice of being together through body and voice.
Tidal is a collision of our future bodies with song. “I have written music that traces points in my lineage, some recent and some distant or barely imagined. These are the bones that hold our landscape together, crooning, clamoring polyphony, swelling and disintegrating all at once,” writes Tenenbaum.
Music and Direction: Tatyana Tenenbaum
Cartography: Rebeca Medina
Lighting Design: Kathy Kaufmann
Lydia Bell, Jasmine Hearn, Tendayi Kuumba, Samita Sinha, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Denise Shu Mei. Photo: Megan Stahl.
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