Green Space Presents TAKE ROOT and FERTILE GROUND
Green Space has announced a diverse roster of artists for its signature programs this December. Take Root will present an evening of work by Ramona Sekulovic and Inclined Dance Project on November 30th and December 1st, and Fertile Ground showcases works-in-progress by multiple dance artists on December 2nd.
Green Space is singular in providing a quality studio to create dance, while offering various simultaneous performance opportunities to share the work with peers and public.
-Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Executive Director, Queens Council on the Arts
With a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline twinkling through the tall, dusty windows of a former silk factory, both established and emerging NY choreographers show off their most recent works. -Queens Chronicle
TAKE ROOT, now in its 10th season, nurtures dance artists at established stages in their careers, pairing them in a split bill or full evening-length program. This monthly series supports dance makers' experimentation and growth by providing our venue, Green Space, along with full technical and marketing support to present their work to the NYC public.
November 30th and December 1st
Advance sale tickets: $17 online at www.GreenSpaceStudio.org
Tickets purchased at door: $20 cash, $22 credit card
About the Work
Ramona Sekulovic's choreographic practice incorporates the experience, sensation, and perception of her own body as well as its individual anatomical aesthetics into choreographic practice. Her work is rooted in accepting her personal dancing body as a research ground. Allowing herself to investigate the aesthetics of her own body in movement has led to a new dance work called Composites. Composites is a series of four dance etudes, choreographed and performed by Ramona Sekulovic to music by Philip Glass, framed by personal voice-overs addressing themes of presence and choreographic processes. Inspired by Glass' music that he wrote for solo piano as a means to explore and improve his personal piano play, Ramona set out to improve the range of expression of her own instrument by focusing on the specific aesthetic her body produces in movement while being supported and dependent on its physical build. Her fascination with personal aesthetics guided her to new and dicey strategies in choreography, such as developing a 6-minute section that stays in one spot. The movement material of Composites is abstract, and yet emotional and physical. The movement material spans a wide range of frequencies, amplitudes, and spatial directions, as well as movement qualities. Composites is in part made possible through access to the Mark Morris Dance Group's Subsidized Rehearsal Space Program.
As Inclined Dance Project approaches its 10-year anniversary, the company reflects on past moments, pieces, and people with their newest work Memoir. Drawing material from Inclined's cumulative repertoire and the performer's dance histories, Memoir explores how the past defines the present and predicts the future. As we examine our past selves we learn to embrace our nostalgia, memories, and experiences to celebrate our decisions and trajectory in the game called life. Memoir is depicted through a series of semi-linked memory flashbacks, exploring different moments in time through physical and emotional landscapes. The work is choreographed by Kristen Klein and performed by Amy Campbell, Maria Gardner, Shannon McGee, Jillian Pajer, and Elisabeth Wolf. Music by Between Interval, Murcof, Senking, The Books, Johnny Woodson, The Brambles, Peder Mannerfelt, & Petit Biscuit.
About the Artists
Born and raised in Germany,Ramona Sekulovic is a performing artist based in New York. She currently strives to incorporate the experience, sensation, and perception of her own body as well as its individual anatomical aesthetics into choreographic practice. Her work takes shape in choreography, as well autobiographical writings and ethnographic dance films. Ramona's work was presented by the Austin Dance Festival, Nacre Choreography Competition in Saratoga Springs, Dixon Place, SoloDuo Festival, Dance Now, and the Dumbo Dance Festival, and shown at Movement Research, Gibney, Triskelion Arts, Wax, and University Settlement among other venues in New York. Ramona has received commissions by the Yale University School of Drama and was awarded a Weatherhead grant from the East Asian Institute. Ramona further produced, shot, and edited several dance films that were screened at Movimento, Berlin, and MNN, New York. She holds a MA in Visual Anthropology from Freie University, Berlin, and a BA in Anthropology from Columbia University. Ramona studied dance at the Theaterschool Amsterdam and the Rotterdamse Dansacademie (now Codarts) in the Netherlands. She is also a certified Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Teacher.
Sekulovic gave the impression of being on one hand a puppet pulled by someone else's strings, while on the other hand meticulously in charge of every movement. The tension between this apparent surrender and the underlying precision gave the performance an electric charge that lingered for long after the show had ended.
-Tanya Pollard, The Dance Enthusiast
Inclined Dance Project is a Brooklyn-based all-female dance theatre company that debuted in 2009. Founded by Artistic Director Kristen Klein, Inclined creates works of contemporary dance inspired by ever diverse human experiences. The company creates work through a "set and destroy" method, which allows the performers to deconstruct material and incite dialogue, exploration, and personal contribution to a work. As an all-female dance company the group aims to present technical, athletic, and dynamic movement that challenges the stereotypes of what a female dancer can do or be. The company has presented work throughout New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, and California and will celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2019.
There's an evolving core movement quality that is more angular than lyrical, with a quirky quality. But the core movement appears on a molecular level, as if each bone and each muscle is not only capable of movement, but can independently move in a controlled fashion. Ms. Klein's pieces have a clear (though not necessarily predictable) structure, and are crafted with care and intelligence."
-Jerry Hochman, Critical Dance Magazine
FERTILE GROUND has supported emerging and established artists for 13 seasons, showcasing the work of over 50 choreographers each year. The non-curated program features 5-6 dance makers each evening and includes a post-performance discussion with wine, moderated by Green Space's Artistic Director, Valerie Green.
Tickets: $15 at door and online at www.GreenSpaceStudio.org
Ellie van Bever
EJ + SEARCY
Chikyu to the Moon
Dance Entropy Inc. created its company home, Green Space, in Long Island City in 2005. Housed in a former silk factory with magnificent views overlooking Manhattan, the lofty 2000 square foot space offers an affordable venue for the creation and practice of dance. Green Space and Dance Entropy are committed to accessibility, diversity, education, and collaboration, providing dance artists and their work space to grow in New York City through monthly performance platforms, classes and rehearsal space.
By Subway: N, Q, or the 7 to Queensboro Plaza, the first stop outside Manhattan. Take the North pedestrian bridge to the street. Look to your right, you will see Crescent St., turn right on Crescent and walk to 38th Ave. Turn left on 38th Ave. Walk one block to 24th street. Green Space is in the red brick, four-story building. (Approximately a ten-minute walk.)
SPONSORS FOR DANCE ENTROPY / GREEN SPACE
Green Space is supported, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; NYC Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Mertz Gilmore Foundation; NYC & Company.