Simone Aughterlony to Present DISGUISE at The Kitchen, 5/20-21
Zurich-based choreographer Simone Aughterlony will present the U.S. premiere of In Disguise at The Kitchen from May 20-21 as part of Zürich Meets New York: A Festival of Swiss Ingenuity, a citywide festival that explores the far-reaching influence of one of Europe's great cities. For this occasion, Aughterlony has joined forces with Berlin-based performer Antonija Livingstone and internationally acclaimed sound artist Hahn Rowe to create this pulsating piece for two dancers. These special performances are free and open to the public. RSVP is required at ZHNY.eventbrite.org
In Disguise creates a queer and ambiguous world that speaks of gender hacking without saying a word. Aughterlony and Livingstone -- who met while dancing with Meg Stuart's Damaged Goods -- engage with the raw material of wood, axes, knives and fabrics to explore the multiple, malleable and mutable nature of bodies and pleasure. A deep pink floor serves as the metaphorical insides of the body cavities, while the sound score, produced by three-time Bessie Award recipient Rowe, is a molecular landscape that generates hormonal shifts and fluctuations in temperature.
In Disguise is the third duo in a trilogy that Aughterlony has developed over two years. All three duos, performed by Aughterlony and various partners, explore the biography of the body by means of existential states. In each work, the concept of a duo is constantly challenged and stretched to explore the boundaries between performer and audience.
In Disguise will be performed on May 20 & 21 at 8:30pm at The Kitchen, located at 512 West 19th Street.
Zürich Meets New York: A Festival of Swiss Ingenuity (May 16-23, 2014), highlights the contemporary relevance of visionary movements and ideas born in Zurich and their impact on American culture. Building on the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Dada movement and Zurich's role as a 21st-century hub for artistic and scientific innovation, the festival features 25 events at venues across the city, and is presented by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, the City of Zurich, ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich (UZH). For further information, go to www.zurichmeetsnewyork.org