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Anywhere

Anywhere
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Kathy Westwater, the recently announced recipient of the 2017 Solange MacArthur Award for New Choreography, creates art that exists in the human body. Described by Dance Magazine as “bloodless and fascinating” and The Brooklyn Rail as “at the limits of the human,” her work responds to contemporary experience and the societal landscape in which it manifests by reimagining the body's movement potential. In "Anywhere," Westwater asks how a dance might engage with, and itself be, a monument. Central concerns are permanent and impermanent cultural manifestations that register and record the impact upon us of time, war, and climate—economic and environmental—and how these manifestations are rendered and experienced in public and private space. Westwater seeks to choreographically manifest a contemporary heroism found in the everyday—anywhere.

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Kathy Westwater, Brooklyn Studios for Dance Artist in Residence

Presented by Brooklyn Studios for Dance

210 Lafayette Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11238

 

Westwater culminates her year-long residency at Brooklyn Studios for Dance with the NYC premieres of Anywhere and Extemporaneousness, a photo installation with longtime collaborator Anja Hitzenberger, and a roundtable talk.

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Anywhere by Kathy Westwater

New York City Performance Premiere

With dancers Hadar Ahuvia, Ilona Bito, Amanda Hunt, Alex Romania, and Kathy Westwater

Sound Integration Design by Seung-Jae Lee

Music by Henryk Górecki

 

In Anywhere choreographer Kathy Westwater asks how a dance might engage with, and itself be, a monument. Central concerns are permanent and impermanent cultural manifestations that register and record the impact upon us of time, war, and climate—economic and environmental—and how these manifestations are rendered and experienced in public and private space. Westwater seeks to choreographically manifest a contemporary heroism found in the everyday—anywhere. Without being about a specific historical time or event, there will be a remembering of something that was lost and something that wasn’t.

 

Anywhere will be performed by five dancers, Hadar Ahuvia, Ilona Bito, Amanda Hunt, Alex Romania, and Westwater, to “Symphony No. 3” by Henryk Górecki. It features a unique relationship between movement and sound through a sound integration design by Architect Seung-Jae Lee.

 

Also featured on the program will be:

Extemporaneousness by Kathy Westwater

New York City Performance Premiere

With dancers Laurel Atwell, Belinda He, Kay Ottinger, Mercedes Searer, EmmaGrace Skove-Eps, and Rainey White

Music by Mary Jane Leach

 

Since 2002 Kathy Westwater’s choreographic practice has centered on articulating what she describes as the disorganized body. In it the orientation of the dancing body on the central vertical axis is re-imagined. Exploring with seven dancers their individual spontaneous responses to a set of choreographic directions, this dance considers what we derive from an intentional practice of disorganization. Extemporaneous performs the unstable, unbound, and disorganized body.

 

April 19, 20, 21, & 22 at 8pm

Post-performance talk with Aaron Mattocks Saturday, April 22

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Chambered

Photo Installation

Selected photos from ones recently published in both Contact Quarterly and “Withdrawn: A Discourse,” published by Shifter Magazine, illuminate aspects of a direct physical engagement with what was, until it closed in 2001, the largest landfill in the world. The photos also communicate the depth of a 20-year collaboration between choreographer Kathy Westwater and photographer Anja Hitzenberger. 

 

March 25-April 30, on view during studio hours

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On Monuments and the Monumental

Roundtable Talk

 

In response to the premiere of Anywhere this roundtable talk takes up the questions: What is a monument? How is one made or created? Why? What function do they serve for us individually and societally? And how do we identify and experience monuments and the monumental? With Allie Tepper, Rebecca O. Johnson, Thom Donovan, and Kathy Westwater


April 29, 2-5pm