Angeli: Homage to Yoko Ono
A timed homage to Yoko Ono’s ’64 Cut Piece. How one’s own departure can be another one’s staying. **June 17 only
Maximilian Balduzzi: Untitled
Through a daily practice begun almost 20 years ago, Maximilian has developed original physical and vocal training for performers designed to confront questions like: How does the performer erase the gap between impulse and action? How can the performer train to achieve the precision and efficacy of movement that appears spontaneously in the most extraordinary moments of life? How can one elaborate a rigorous pedagogical method based on a precise technique without forgetting that the performer is always involved in an emotional way? The exploration Maximilian presents at SOAK is a practical attempt to answer those questions. Untitled is practice brought to the performative realm.
Kika Espejo: What I Think I Am
What I Think I Am is a performance art piece that explores the nature of human consciousness. Through a polygraph test, the artist subjects herself to an examination of her own superficial choices and profound existential matters. Playing with the relationship between psychological constructs and their effect on the physical body, the artist investigates the paradigms of knowledge, beliefs, and desires, putting into question the limitations of her own self-awareness. **June 18th only
Andrea Jones: The Perilous Chapel
A dance study influenced by T. S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land, as well as the Fisher King and grail quest motifs of Arthurian legend, and used as an opportunity to explore dance’s intrinsic alchemical properties and transformative power. Drawing upon ideas such as magical rites and shamanic traditions, the work seeks to rediscover the simultaneous connection of dance as public performance and personal ritual. The dance acts as both offering and entertainment, thus body becomes the axis point, the site of sacrifice and metamorphosis. Therefore, the dancing body is a bridge between two worlds and a gateway to memory and prophecy, hope, and healing.
Elke Luyten & Kira Alker: A Solo for Two (work in progress)
Luyten and Alker’s piece is a new studies project. It explores functional repetitive movements, drawn from the basics of work movement across the spectrum to psychologically-driven compulsive actions. These actions are built, codified and rehearsed through a deep investigation of presence and intentionality. This is a continuation of their artistic research into challenging and displacing traditional and contemporary dance vocabularies.
A Solo for Two is supported by The Kevin Spacey Foundation: America
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If all RSVP spaces are filled, please note that we are reserving several spaces at the door only, they will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.
Angeli is an artist currently working out of New York. She holds a BFA in fashion theory and practice in Interdisciplinary Design Curriculum at Parsons ’11 and a MA in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University ’12. Her work seeks to activate spaces and open potential channels via the light, frail body, and the performative possibilities of being otherwise when we are all related under skin. While performing through the everyday context, she has performed in alternative spaces like Here Now pop-up, nonprofits like Pioneer Works, and festivals like FIAF’s Crossing the Line ‘13. Find Angeli on conectom.
Maximilian Balduzzi was born in a small village in the Dolomites. He holds a degree in Modern and Contemporary Theater from the University of Bologna and has worked both in Italy and internationally as a performer, teacher, and director. For the past eighteen years he has dedicated himself to the practice of physical and vocal training for performers. Maximilian moved to NYC in 2008 and soon began working with Ben Spatz. He was Movement Research AIR (2010-11) and LEIMAY Fellow (2010-13). Most recently he’s been selected as one of the artists of the Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Program at New York Live Arts. Maximilian teaches workshops to performers and non-performers around the idea of “restless presence”. Find Maximilian on conectom.
Kika Espejo is New York based artist born in Zaragoza (Spain) in 1982. Espejo’s holds a Master in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been exhibited at art spaces such as Centro de Historia (Zaragoza, Spain), DMY Festival (Berlin, Germany), Anthology Film Archives (New York, USA), and Dimensions Variable (Miami, USA). She also collaborated for the Guggenheim “Stillspotting NYC” project in 2011. Find Kika Espejo on conectom.
Andrea Jones, a native of northern Virginia, began her professional dance training at the Russell School of Ballet, under the direction of Thomas and Ilona Russell. Andrea has also studied at the Virginia School of the Arts, American Ballet Theatre, the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Boston Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She graduated from George Mason University in 2008 with two Bachelor of Arts degrees: one in dance and the other in English with a concentration in comparative literature. Andrea has choreographed works for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Wilson College, George Mason University, and the Fairfax Ballet. As a dancer, she has worked with choreographers such as Scott Rink, Susan Shields and Adriane Fang. In New York, she spent three years performing as a company member of Naganuma Dance. Andrea joined LEIMAY in 2012 and is active in the development of LEIMAY Ludus Training Program. Find Andrea Jones on conectom.
Elke Luyten, originally from Belgium, lives and works in New York City. In 2010, Luyten re-performed several of Abramović’s pieces at the exhibition “Marina Abramović:The Artist Is Present” at the MoMA. She is currently performing in Robert Wilson’s “The Life and Death of Marina Abramović”, which has toured internationally since 2011. Luyten’s own work has been presented by the REDCAT in Los Angeles, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Hooyong Performing Art Centre in South Korea, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill and Dance New Amsterdam in New York. Her most recent collaboration with Kira Alker called “Death Drive” was performed as part of the Dance and Process series at The Kitchen this past June. Currently, Luyten is working as the Artist Advisor at the Watermill Center and she curates the International Summer Fellowship Program at the Stiftung Insel Hombroich in Germany.
Kira Alker has been creating movement performances in collaboration with Elke Luyten since 2003. Kira’s work has been showcased at such venues as REDCAT in Los Angeles, the International Conference on Performance Art Theory in Mexico, the Dream Shot Festival in Belgium and the Kyoto University of Art and Design and Honen-in Temple in Japan. She recently presented Death Drive as part of Dance and Process at the Kitchen in New York City. Her work has been supported through residencies from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Watermill Center and Dance New Amsterdam. A San Francisco native, Kira holds a BA in Theatre from Pomona College and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University.
LEIMAY’s performance season is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts, a state agency. SOAK is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.