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.

Movement Research’s Fall Festival at Danspace Project

Photo: Levi Gonzalez and luciana achugar in “Hit Again,” based on “Hit” performed at The Kitchen, 2002 © Levi Gonzalez and luciana achugar. The pair will perform “HIT Again” on Friday, December 7 at 8pm at Danspace Project, as part of Movement Research Festival, Fall 2012: BACK TO BASIC, curated by Juliette Mapp and Jen Rosenblit.

Experimentation is alive and well this weekend at Danspace Project thanks to Movement Research, one of the world’s leading “laboratories” for dance. Its annual Movement Research Festival opens on Thursday with a group of acclaimed experimentalists showcasing their varied explorations into dance and performance.

Juliette Mapp and Jen Rosenblit, accomplished dancers, teachers and choreographers in their own rights, curate this year’s festival. The theme, “back to basic,” focuses on the notion of the “body as a vehicle that connects us emotionally, physically and historically to each other.”

Festival highlights include: “Getting Along,” in which artists are invited to discuss relevant issues in their creative lives and/or create together during the week’s events and “Historical Pairings,” which places artists who have been intimately and creatively connected together on stage, in performance or in an improvisational conversation.

Arts Watch: Food All Weekend at Danspace Project and New York Theater Workshop

Photo: Reghan Christensen

Food is the theme downtown this weekend. At Danspace Project’s popular Food for Thought benefit series, the admission price of two cans of food and $5 will get you the chance to chose from three nights of innovative choreography.  All canned proceeds collected over the weekend benefit St. Mark’s Church’s food program. Curators for this weekend are participants in the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University: Lydia Bell(Thursday), Héloïse Darcq (Friday), and Jane Gabriels (Saturday).

If you find yourself hungry for all things Middle Eastern, head over to the New York Theater Workshop for the premier of Noor Theatre Company’s Food and Fadwa. They write: Family traditions and food are at the heart of this new play that tells the story of Fadwa Faranesh, an unmarried, 30-something Palestinian woman living in Bethlehem in the politically volatile West Bank. 

A Night of “Black Dance” With Jawole Willa Jo Zollar

Leave it to choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar to jump-start one big spontaneous improv dance party during her “Black Jam” evening last night at Danspace Project (as part of the Platforms 2012: Parallels series). My iPhone camera could only capture a trace of the energy that was in the air, but when you gather a group of dancers together in a room — well, they dance.  Even the “old folks,” as Zollar affectionately called her fellow choreographers, joined in the act: Cynthia Oliver, Blondell Cummings, Bebe Miller–shedding her foot cast which became a welcome prop — not to mention Ishmael Houston-Jones, the mastermind curator behind this Platforms series.