The Miami premiere of CURTAIN brings together the award winning choreography of Jonah Bokaer and the scenic elements of artist Daniel Arsham for a performance with wonders that pour, dissolve and shatter in a unique exploration of shifting forms, both human and sculptural.
CURTAIN comprises three separate pieces: two solos performed by Jonah Bokaer, and a duet for leading young dancers on New York's contemporary scene, where Bokaer has a dedicated following, notably for his work at the alternative venue Chez Bushwick. This performance is the fifth collaboration between Arsham and Boaker. The movements of the dancers and changing forms of Arsham's figurative sculptures and "non-Newtonian substance," a material that is neither liquid nor solid, comprise a formal drama growing from the tensions between stillness and fluidity; rigidity and fragility, illusion and reality, never fully on one side or the other of the metaphoric CURTAIN.
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Combining dance, scenography, and sculpture, CURTAIN will engage the distinctive architecture of PAMM's auditorium.
- CHOREOGRAPHY & DIRECTION: Jonah Bokaer
- SCENOGRAPHY & INSTALLATION: Daniel Arsham
- ORIGINAL MUSIC: Chris Garneau
- ORIGINAL COSTUMES: Richard Chai
- PERFORMERS: Jonah Bokaer, James McGinn and Reed Tankersley
- STAGE MANAGER: Jennifer Kimball
Daniel Arsham is a graduate of the Cooper Union in New York City. He was not trained in Stage Design. He has collaborated with Merce Cunningham, Hedi Slimane, Robert Wilson, and Richard Chai among others. Architecture is a prevalent subject throughout his work; environments with eroded walls and stairs going nowhere, landscapes where nature overrides structures, and a general sense of playfulness within existing architecture. Straddling the line between art, architecture and performance, Arsham makes architecture do things it's not supposed to do, mining everyday experience for opportunities to confuse and confound our expectations of space and form. Simple yet paradoxical gestures dominate his sculptural work: a façade that appears to billow in the wind, a white cube eroded on all sides like a glacier, a figure wrapped up in the surface of a wall. Structural experiment, historical inquiry, and satirical wit all combine in Arshamʼs ongoing interrogation of the real and the imagined. His work has been shown at PS1 (NYC), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Miami), The Athens Biennial (Greece), The New Museum (NYC), and Carré dʼArt de Nîmes, (France) among other venues. He is represented by Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris. www.danielarsham.com
Jonah Bokaer has cultivated a new form of choreography with a structure that relies on visual art and design. He ultimately aims to transform notions of how the public views and understands dance. Bokaer was born to Tunisian and American parents, and has been active as a choreographer since 2002. He has created over 55 works in a wide range of mediums, such as film, opera, app, and art installation, in a variety of venues, ranging from proscenium stage, to museums, to galleries to architecturally resonant locales. He works internationally, exhibition and touring worldwide. Bokaer has presented works that live between choreography, visual art, and moving images at many museums including Guggenheim Museum, PS1 MoMa, New Museum, Museum of Art & Design, MASS MoCa, MAC Marseille, Miami MoCA, IVAM Valencia, Palazzo Delle Arti Napoli, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, SCAD Museum of Art, Ludwig Museum of Budapest, MUDAM Luxembourg.
James McGinn (Performance) was born and raised in Sarasota, FL by a Scottish figure painter and an American Cecchetti ballerina. Initially trained as a classicist-turned romanticist, his relationship to contemporary art and performance continued to transform throughout his extensive professional training at The American Dance Festival, The New School - Eugene Lang College, and as a danceWEB scholar at Impulstanz - Vienna. While finishing Graduate research at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, James became heavily invested in trans/post-humanist theory & composition and started a digital database for referential form & gestural symbolism. His choreographic work has been performed in the US, Europe, and Africa, was presented in the 2011 American Realness Festival, and was a finalist in the 2014 Danse Élargie choreographic competition at Théâtre de la Ville. James has been greatly influenced by performing in the work of Jonah Bokaer, Wally Cardona, Miguel Gutierrez, Ishmael Houston-Jones, John Jasperse, Daniel Linehan, Marten Spangberg, and Robert Steijn, among others. He currently works between New York and Brussels as a contemporary performer and choreographer exploring the territory between art, dance, theater, & performance for stage and the moving image. McGinn began working with Bokaer in 2009.
Reed Tankersley (Performance) is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area where he began his dance training at the age of five. Reed attended The Juilliard School (2014) in New York where he performed works by Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Pina Bausch, Murray Louis, and Alex Ketley. Reed has had the pleasure of working and performing internationally in works by Peter Chu, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Johannes Weiland. In 2012 he performed at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Juilliard Ensemble Alexander Ekman's "Episode 31". In the new year Reed is looking forward to working with the Twyla Tharp Dance Company.
Monica Sayre (Stage Management) is a South Florida native who was born and raised in Miami. Monica has worked in theatres from Monroe to Palm Beach counties in the capacity of Production and Stage Manager. She completed her degree in English Lit at FAU and has worked in various capacities for Area Stage, New Theatre, GableStage, the Caldwell Theatre, the Shores Performing Arts Theatre, New World Symphony, Mad Cat Theatre Co., Prop Planet and the Arsht Center. This is Monica's second production with Jonah Bokaer and Chez Bushwick, having first worked with them for the Arsht Center production of Occupant. She is thrilled to have this opportunity to work with this amazing Company of artists again and the team at PAMM.
Nathan Abbe (Scenic Fabrication) is a Brooklyn based artist, strongly influenced by his architectural education from Pratt Institute. Using common everyday materials, his work explores how slow processes, over time, can cause lasting changes. Changes that often mimic natural behaviors and textures despite accumulating by rational means. Since graduating in 2011, Nathan has assisted Daniel Arsham on various projects, including CURTAIN and the final performances for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Natasha Katerinopoulos (Company Management) was born in Philadelphia, PA and raised in the island of Crete, Greece. She is a performing arts manager and arts activist, based in New York since 2011. Before her collaboration with Jonah Bokaer, Natasha managed tours regionally and internationally for the Martha Graham Dance Company. Natasha has also worked in management and production in arts and advocacy organizations such as the Center for Performance Research, the Urban Justice Center, the Left Forum and the Hebbel Am Ufer (HAU) Theatre in Berlin. Her artistic work has been seen at the Aperture Gallery, The Kimmel Center, the Press Office of the Permanent Mission of Greece to the UN, in New York, and various theaters in Greece. Natasha holds a BA in Theater Studies from the University of Patras, Greece (Valedictorian) and an MA in Arts Politics from the Department of Art and Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Natasha first worked with Bokaer in 2010.