PS122 Presents Sally Silvers' YESSIFIED! 3/22-3/29
Performance Space 122 presents the world premiere of Sally Silvers' Yessified!. The icono-classical choreographer returns with her first new group dance since 2005's Puppy Skills - which was the 25th anniversary of Sally Silvers at P.S. 122.The legendary choreographer examines and challenges her own notions of race and the other. As a white, female, liberal, downtown artist, how does one define race - how does one measure and define whiteness and blackness? Silvers answers the seductive call of a stable/single racial life by outing and othering it. And in a world where it's difficult enough to talk about race, how does one go about performing it?Jutting and swerving, Yessified! is a hyper-activating dance of quirky, fun wired physicality & imagery, a provocative text by Bruce Andrews, electronica star-crossed with sweet soul music by Andrews and Michael Schumacher, and nine - 9! - super-dancers : Javier Cardona, Alan Good, Sara Beth Higgins, Takemi Kitamura, Alejandra Martorell, Miriam Parker, Julia Planine-Troiani, Keith Sabado, and Sally Silvers. Yessified! also features lighting by Carolyn Wong and costumes by Elizabeth Hope Clancy. More about Sally Silvers
Sally Silvers celebrated 25 years of dance making in 2005. She has performed and taught (improvisation, composition, repertory) around the world and across the nation. Her theoretical writing, scores, and poetry have appeared in several journals including The Drama Review, an anthology of new writings by women published by Illinois University Press, and many poetry magazines. Silvers has received support for her choreography from the National Endowment for the Arts six times, twice from Meet the Composer/Choreographer Project for collaborations with John Zorn and Bruce Andrews, from the NY Foundation for the Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, and she received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1988. Silvers is a New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" winner, has co-directed 2 dance films, Little Lieutenant and Mechanics of the Brain, and choreographed 3 musicals for the Sundance Theater Festival in Utah. She also currently dances for Yvonne Rainer.Sally Silvers & Dancers has performed nationally and internationally in South Korea, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Europe, the American Dance Festival, and many other locations. Artistic Director Sally Silvers has an on-going fascination with the poetic as well as the social meanings of movement -- to offer a no-holds-barred exploration of movement possibilities often wittily tilted toward the eccentric, awkward, and unexpected. Resonating from the movement are the motifs of risk, vulnerability, playfulness, and extremity. Often operating in areas between idiomatic dance and unconventional movement, the work keep its focus on clearly defined, if unusual structures for the articulated body. Her meticulously madcap dances engage experimentation at the edges of drama, fierceness and hope. More about Performance Space 122
Performance Space 122 is New York's ultimate destination for cutting-edge theatre, dance, music, live art and cross-media. Founded in 1979, Performance Space 122 is dedicated to supporting and presenting artists whose work challenges the traditional boundaries of dance, theatre, music, and performance. Committed to exploring innovative form as well as material, P.S. 122 is steadfast in its search for pioneering artists from a diversity of cultures and points of view.Yessified runs Sunday, March 22 - Sunday, March 29 on the following schedule: Tuesday - Saturday at 8:00pm; Sundays at 6:30pm. Tickets from $20, $15 (students/seniors), $10 (P.S. 122 members). Tickets may be purchased online at www.ps122.org or via phone at (212) 352-3101. Performance Space 122 is located at 150 First Avenue at East 9th Street, New York, New York 10009. www.ps122.org.