Every evening groups artists with a roughly similar approach; thereby, the differences will be even more revealing. The theme in all cases is immersion; participation through active, physical engagement with the medium.
This night's Mixology presents: Liz Gerring Dance Installation with Michael Schumacher / Leila Bordreuil / Ursula Scherrer, Mario de Vega (Installation)
This collaborative, durational performance between Michael Schumacher, Ursula Scherrer, and Liz Gerring will span 3-4 hours. These artists have been collaborating for decades together – Schumacher and Gerring’s work together dates back to loft performances in the 1980s, and Scherrer joined their experiments in the 1990s. Participants include members of the Liz Gerring Dance Company, three musicians including Michael Schumacher on piano, Leila Bordreuil on cello, and Ursula Scherrer projecting video. The music, video and dance aspects will respond to one another throughout the duration of the piece, working on similar timing but each improvising through a pre-determined structure in response to a musical score written by Schumacher.
Scherrer will place multiple projectors around the hall, breaking the space into distinct visual areas. In preparation, Scherrer filmed details of the dancers’ movements in front of a black background. The dancers will be nude, but close-ups of different parts of their bodies will make the subject often unrecognizable in its abstraction. Scherrer will then project this footage onto the naked bodies of other dancers that will act add texture and color to their flesh. The audience will be encouraged to walk around the space between the different points of interest.
The poetic quality of Ursula Scherrer’s work reminds one of moving paintings, drawing the viewer into the images, leaving the viewer with their own stories. Scherrer transforms spaces and landscapes into serene, abstract portraits of rhythm, color and light. A Swiss artist living in New York City, Scherrer’s aesthetic training began with dance, transitioned to choreography, and has now expanded to photography, video, text, mixed media and performance art.
Liz Gerring studied dance at the Cornish Institute in Seattle. In 1987, she received a BFA from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Kazuko Hirabayashi and Doris Rudko. In March 1998, she presented her first piece, a four-hour movement installation, and soon after formed the Liz Gerring Dance Company. Liz Gerring was awarded the Jacob’s Pillow Prize in June 2015 and a Joyce Theater residency and creation award in the same year. In 2016/17 she was awarded a New York City Center Choreographic Fellowship.
Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn-based cellist and composer from Aix-en-Provence, France. She works in the realm of Noise music, improvisation, New Music and sound-art. Her cello playing is often improvised, and mainly focuses on texture variations and a collage of phantom overtones and pitched utterances. Through an original vocabulary of extended techniques, preparations, and imaginative amplification methods, her instrument is used as an abstract resonant body to challenge conventional cello practice. Her composed works draw from a similar texture-based musical aesthetic, but also focus on the relationship between sound and space.
Wednesday, February 22: Jim O’Rourke, Olivia Block, Jason Lescalleet, Mario de Vega (Installation), Cecilia Lopez (Installation)
Thursday, February 23: Greg Fox, Eli Keszler, Mario de Vega (Installation)
Friday, February 24: Kenneth Kirschner, Daniel Neumann, Anne Guthrie, Mario de Vega (Installation), Ben Manley (Installation)
Saturday, February 25: Liz Gerring Dance Installation with Michael Schumacher / Leila Bordreuil / Ursula Scherrer