Arts Watch: Danspace Project Premieres Vicky Shick’s “Everything You See”

Vicky Shick: Everything You See. Photo by Barbara Kilpatrick

Vicky Shick: Everything You See. Photo by Barbara Kilpatrick

Vicky Shick’s Everything You See, at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church this weekend, is not to be missed. A beloved and respected performer, choreographer and teacher, Shick has been involved with the New York City dance community since the late 1970s. For six years (1980-86) she was a member of Trisha Brown Dance Company, where she received her first New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for her work in the company. Her second “Bessie” came in 2003, for her own choreographic achievements – most notably her collaborations with visual artist Barbara Kilpatrick, which have been ongoing for the last twenty years.

A “dancer’s dancer,” Shick has performed and collaborated with many New York-based colleagues, including Yoshiko Chuma, Risa Jaroslow, Jon Kinzel, Juliette Mapp, Jodi Melnick, Stephen Petronio, Wendy Perron, Susan Rethorst, and Sara Rudner, to name just a few. Her recent performance at BAM in the revival of Trisha Brown’s seminal solo Homemade, was stellar. As a teacher, her reach and passion for physical detail has extended from New York to Budapest (her home town).

With Everything You See, Shick’s fifth presentation at Danspace since 1996, she brings together three longtime collaborators: sound designer Elise Kermani; lighting designer Carol Mullins; and Kilpatrick, whose sets and costumes are as integral to Shick’s work as the dancers are. This time, working with the architecture of St. Mark’s cavernous loft like space, she has designed a transparent screen of industrial fiberglass mesh that will bisect the space, creating in essence two stages where Shick and her dancers—a multi- generational mix of old time collaborators and recently met newcomers, will re-imagine chaos, intimacy, space, sound, and light. “I love dance; I love dancers” Shick recently told The Brooklyn Rail. After seeing Everything You See, I am sure you will too.

Everything You See // Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery // 131 East 10th Street / April 18 – 20, 8pm / $18