Performance Studio Open House: Brooke Bell, Erin Ellen Kelly and Sydney Schiff Dance Project

Admission is Free to the public, with a suggested donation of $5. Performance Studio Open House presents works-in-progress and a discussion with the artists […]
May 26, 2015 at 8pm

361 Manhattan Avenue

Admission is Free to the public, with a suggested donation of $5.

Performance Studio Open House presents works-in-progress and a discussion with the artists about the development process for new movement and dance.

April’s showing will include work by Brooke Bell, Erin Ellen Kelly and Sydney Schiff Dance Project. Discussion moderated by Jen McGinn.

Brooke Bell: The Dancing Boobies Trilogy: Lecture and Reenactments is a satirical multimedia performance that explores the nature of our patriarchal society’s history of entitlement, desire, and expectation. The non-profit organization Women Who Tried to Change Our Lives (WWTCOL) is giving a lecture on an artist from the 50’s who disguised herself in drag in order to penetrate Stag Film Parties at Ivy League Fraternities and Secret Societies to screen her own “stag” films, which were a booby trap. WWTCOL has unearthed the artist’s rare 16mm film Dancing Boobies and have remade her other two lost or destroyed films, Shaved Pussy and Penis Party, using today’s film technology. Watch what those brothers of power and prestige would have witnessed in the 50’s as WWTCOL reenacts all three films of the artist’s film trilogy. This is a condensed 20-minute performance. The Dancing Boobies Trilogy: Lecture and Reenactments was first developed as a 16mm film and live performance with MONO NO AWARE. Another iteration was seen in the Brooklyn Museum’s Feminist Wing as part of the Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure’s EXPERIMENT #23b (BROOKLYN MUSEUM), the full-length piece was developed in Cabora Theatre’s Playwriting Workshop.

Erin Ellen Kelly is creating a performance installation that confronts modern relationships to natural elements and surrounding daily environments. Kelly’s process includes a research practice to develop the material by movement explorations at specific sites that embody qualities of the elements: water, wind, wood, fire, metal and earth to inform the characters and dance content a performance / installation. Audio and video documentation and found objects from the sites will augment the installation as well as cultural references, symbolic meanings, and scientific information about the elements. This works in process presentation will include movement ideas from the water, wind and wood sections.

Sydney Schiff Dance Project: Imagined Architecture is an exhibition of New York City spaces through the gaze of multimedia artists. It investigates who we are, what we make ourselves to be and how we are perceived by the people with whom we share our city. We are currently developing our creative process and material for durational performance installations for art galleries and an evening length concert work to be premiered in our 2015-2016 Season. For this performance we will be showing excerpts from our current research.