May 21, 2022

Hudson Hall will present Almost Stationary, a two-part, multi-flooring exhibition, set up and general performance party conceived by BESSIE award-winning visible artist, Barbara Kilpatrick. Opening Could 7 to June 12, 2022, and spanning 20 yrs of sculpture, drawings, photos, and collaborations with modern dance, the very first-flooring gallery exhibition potential customers to a second-flooring set up of Kilpatrick’s costumes in Hudson Hall’s historic 1855 theater. Central to the set up is a freshly commissioned dance function developed by Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, who, in a sequence of fourteen “events” from May possibly 14 to June 5, carry out new choreography amid, and in dialogue with, Kilpatrick’s costumes. Musicians will carry out John Cage’s meditative String Quartet in 4 Areas, the third of which offers the title for the work.

Almost Stationary: Functionality and the Nonetheless Item opens with a reception with the artist on May possibly 7 from 5-7pm. Just about Stationary: Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener premieres at Hudson Hall’s spring gala on May possibly 14, followed by performances on May well 21, 22, 28, 29 at 3pm and 5pm June 4 at 5pm and 7pm June 5 at 3pm and 5pm. Tickets are $15 and can be ordered at hudsonhall.org or by cellphone at (518) 822-1438. For more information about the spring gala performance, e mail Director of Fund Progress, Caroline Lee at [email protected].

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Practically STATIONARY: BARBARA KILPATRICK
Efficiency AND THE Even now Object

I have appear to see the costume as an energetic, live-art item containing the “soul” of each the performer and the efficiency. – Barbara Kilpatrick

In Practically Stationary: Effectiveness and the Nonetheless Item at Hudson Corridor, Barbara Kilpatrick ponders the problem: When a performance is around, what remains? Recollections fade, still what is much more tangibly long term are the costumes and their quite a few functions. “Costumes concurrently animate and limit the performer,” suggests Kilpatrick, “nonetheless when the performance is above, they bear the imprint of performers’ bodies, memorializing their motion, their corporality, and their incredibly becoming.”

Every single sculpture in the very first-floor set up references the clothed human physique. Several sculptures are dressed in fabric, printed in repeating patterns with 20 decades of Kilpatrick’s photographic do the job. A six-foot toy theater, the centerpiece of her stay effectiveness for puppets and dancers at the French Institute/Alliance Française in New York, reinforces the performative factor of her do the job and echoes its origins in her own childhood engage in.

For over 20 several years, Barbara Kilpatrick has collaborated with contemporary choreographers, including Vicky Shick and Jodi Melnick to build sculptures, sets and costumes that combine with the performances and its dancers. Her solo exhibitions have incorporated installations at The Kitchen area, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project at St Mark’s Church, and the New Arts Plan in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. In 2012, Kilpatrick’s function Bearskin, a functionality for puppets and motion artists, was offered at FIAF (French Institute / Alliance Française). Her images have appeared in The New York Instances, Dance Magazine, and Village Voice.

Kilpatrick’s collaboration with dancer-choreographer Vicky Shick, Undoing, was identified with a BESSIE award (New York Dance and Performance Award) for “Exceptional Innovative Achievement” in 2003, and, jointly with Vicky Shick and Elise Kermani, obtained a BESSIE nomination for “Superb Generation” for All the things You See in 2013. Kilpatrick’s Continue to keep-Sake was revealed at the Ancram Opera Home (Ancram, New York) in 2008. Internationally, Kilpatrick, Shick and Kermani have introduced get the job done at the Trafo Theatre in Budapest and the Dublin Dance Pageant. Her do the job with Shick and Kermani has been supported by the MAP Fund and the New York Basis for the Arts, and she has relished residencies at the New Arts Plan and at Cill Rialaig in Ballinskelligs, Ireland.

Practically STATIONARY

Conceived and developed by Barbara Kilpatrick
Choreography by Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener
Music by John Cage: String Quartet in 4 Parts (1950)
Executed by Four Pieces Quartet

Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener are bringing a welcome dose of kids’-social gathering substantial jinks to the contemporary-dance phase. – Joan Acocella

Continuing up Hudson Hall’s heart hall staircase to its outstanding functionality corridor – the oldest surviving theater in New York State – audiences enter a web-site-precise installation of nineteen of Kilpatrick’s overall performance costumes. Former Merce Cunningham dancers Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener have been commissioned by Hudson Corridor to choreograph a new dance work in dialogue with the set up. The 4 Parts Quartet will conduct John Cage’s String Quartet in Four Areas live in the area.

Done in 1950, Cage’s String Quartet in 4 Pieces – in which Almost Stationary is the third element – has been touted by classical new music critic Mark Swed as “the most exquisitely coloured and just basic attractive American string quartet of its time.” The tunes-austere, humble, and profoundly stunning-embodies Cage’s sensitive harmony of memory and presence, stillness and movement, receptivity and motion. “These are themes that have often impressed my function, from its origins in childhood to the present,” says Kilpatrick.

Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener are New York-based mostly dance artists. Their operate involves the setting up of collaborative worlds by means of improvisational techniques, electronic technologies, and material design. They fulfilled as dancers in the Merce Cunningham Dance Enterprise and due to the fact 2010 they have designed over 25 multidisciplinary dance performs, which include site-responsive installations, live performance dances, gallery performances, and dances for movie in venues these types of as the Brooklyn Academy of Tunes, Barbican Centre, REDCAT, The Walker Art Heart, and MoMA/PS1. During they have preserved a determination to queer society and aesthetics. Their partnership deliberately blurs authorship and maintains a deep motivation to collaboration with a assorted group of dancers, performers, artists, and cultural institutions.

Rashaun Mitchell is a Guggenheim Fellow (2014), Foundation for Up to date Art grantee (2013), a New York Dance and Functionality “Bessie” Awardee for both equally sustained accomplishment in the perform of Merce Cunningham 2004-2012 (2011) and for “Exceptional Emerging Choreographer” (2012), and a Princess Grace Dance Fellowship Awardee (2007).

Silas Riener is a graduate of Princeton College and NYU’s Tisch University of the Arts. He is a Bessie Award-profitable dancer, the recipient of Gibney’s Dance-in-Procedure Residency Award (2015), and Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Cage Cunningham Fellowship (2019).

John Milton Cage Jr. (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer and new music theorist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in new music, electroacoustic songs, and non-regular use of musical instruments, Cage was a single of the primary figures of the publish-war avant-garde. Critics have
lauded him as 1 of the most influential composers of the 20th century. He was also instrumental in the development of fashionable dance, largely by his affiliation with choreographer Merce Cunningham, who was also Cage’s intimate spouse for most of their lives.

Practically Stationary is commissioned by Hudson Corridor.

“String Quartet in 4 Parts” by John Cage is accredited by arrangement with C. F. Peters Company, New York

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