May 19, 2019: Andrea Kleine; Bessie McDonough-Thayer; Leslie Satin
Sundays on Broadway and guest curator Vicky Shick present a shared evening of performances with Andrea Kleine, Bessie McDonough-Thayer, and Leslie Satin.
Andrea Kleine presents an excerpt from a work-in-progress. Showing works-in-progress cause her a great deal of anxiety, but she does it anyway. She always says she is making a solo and then she hires six other performers instead. Her work explores cruelty and violence, but she flinches at violent scenes in movies and sometimes has to leave to go throw up. In her previous two works she has impersonated famous people and in this work she is impersonating herself. This piece is about mimicry and hypocrisy.
Bessie McDonough-Thayer’s work is based on a solo improvisational practice in which the articulation of the body manifests in precise layering of awkward and composed vocabulary. The how becomes the impetus, offering a sense of immediacy without putting herself or the viewer on the spot—a precision chill way of moving and relating to space. In this relationship between anti-spectacle and spectacle, there’s room for the audience to have a relaxed experience, often leading to unexpected riffs that can’t be planned.
Leslie Satin’s duet Picking Up Where We Left Off is a return to a series of works begun ten years ago for Satin and dance partner David Botana. This piece, like the others in the series, emerges from overlapping choreographic approaches, generating movement through both compositional and spatial scores and more experientially derived improvisation. Drawing from the dancers’ collaboration, it creates episodic portraits of a relationship at once actual, imagined, and devised in the process of rehearsal and performance, joining formal properties and affect: the “things hanging in the air.”
537 Broadway, #3
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Andrea Kleine is a choreographer, performance artist, novelist, and essayist. Her debut novel, CALF, was described by Publishers' Weekly as "unsettling, scary, and often brilliant" and named one of their Best Fiction Books of 2015. Her second novel, EDEN, was named one of "Summer's Smartest and Most Innovative Thrillers" by Vanity Fair in 2018. Active in the New York dance and performance community since the 1990s, her recent performance works have been commissioned by The Chocolate Factory Theater and New York Live Arts. Kleine has been described as an "enigmatic and eccentric" (The New York Times), "brainy, allusive Downtown artist" (The Village Voice), whose work is "wry, poignant" (The New York Times) and "something like genius" (ArtVoice).
Bessie McDonough-Thayer is an independent dance artist living in Brooklyn. Her solo work has been shown at Roulette, Danspace Project's Food for Thought curated by Stacy Szymaszek, CPR New Voices in Live Performance Series, AUNTS at Arts & Renaissance, AUNTS PS122 Launch Party, Movement Research at Judson Church, and BRINK at Dixon Place. Most recently, she was the recipient of a Movement Research GPS grant for a 2-week residency program at ZIL Culture Center in Moscow, Russia. As a performer, she has worked with Jen Rosenblit, Sam Kim, Elena Demyanenko, Rebecca Brooks, Kat Galasso, Diana Crum, Vanessa Anspaugh, Molly Poerstel, Emily Wexler, Laurie Berg, and robbinschilds.
Leslie Satin is a choreographer, dancer, writer, and teacher. Her dances, interdisciplinary collaborations, and workshops have been presented in NYC, elsewhere in the U.S., and in the U.K., Holland, Brazil, and Israel. Satin has collaborated with film/video artists Andrew Gurian, Gabriela Vainsencher, Billy Clark/Culture Hub, Ian Rosenkranz; composers Connie Beckley, Dan Evans Farkas, Roy Nathanson; photographers Tom Brazil and Karen Robbins. Satin has performed with Marjorie Gamso/Energy Crisis Dance Company, and with Meredith Monk, Jeremy Nelson/Luis Lara, Sally Gross, Yoshiko Chuma, Barbara Mahler, Despina Stamos, and others. She began working with dancer David Botana in 2008. Satin is on the Arts Faculty at New York University’s Gallatin School; has taught at Bard College, SUNY/Empire State College, and dance schools and studios; and been a guest artist/teacher at universities in the U.S. and abroad. Her performance texts and writing about dance appear in Dance Research Journal, Performing Arts Journal, Movement Research Performance Journal, Women & Performance, Literary Geographies, other journals and edited collections. She has a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from NYU.
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