Studies Project THIS TUESDAY, April 27: The Pain Panel

Tuesday, April 27
The Pain Panel
Conceived of and Moderated by Kathy Westwater
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street at Pitt Street, 7:30 pm

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Body-based artists who use their medium to express what has been described as the inexpressible, and as destroying of even the ability to express, talk about the role of pain in their creative process. Yve Laris Cohen on surgery as performative sculpture and the accumulation of trauma; Peggy Gould on the anatomy of pain; Jennifer Miller on fire, ropes, and knives: tropes of the sideshow; George Emilio Sanchez on class, race, and existentialism; and Christopher Williams on the tortured lives of saints.

Panelist Biographies:

Yve Laris Cohen received a BA in Dance & Performance Studies and Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. Since moving to Brooklyn last year, Yve has shown work at The Tank, Little Theatre at Dixon Place, Movement Research at the Judson Church, White Slab Palace, DraftWork at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, and his apartment. Yve is an MFA candidate in Visual Art at Columbia University.

Peggy Gould has worked as dancer, choreographer, collaborator and movement educator in New York City for over 25 years. Current projects include: “Para-Dice” (new performance work by Patricia Hoffbauer), a video project with Peter Richards about Gould’s process creating “From Within & Outside a Bright Room” (2009), and a performance work about gender and power with partner Bryan Fox. Peggy has assisted Irene Dowd since 1996 and is also a certified Teacher of Alexander Technique. She teaches functional anatomy and graduate seminar courses in dance at Sarah Lawrence College, as well as maintaining a private practice in movement education in New York City.

Jennifer Miller is the founder and artistic director of Circus Amok, New York’s own one ring no animal queerly situated political circus spectacular. She is the recipient of the 2008 Ethyl Eichelberger Award. Her work with Circus Amok was awarded a “Bessie” (a New York Dance and Performance Award) in 1995 and an OBIE in 2000. Circus Amok is the subject of a French documentary film, “Un Cirque a New York” 2002 and Brazilian documentary, “Juggling Politics” 2004. She worked at Coney Island Sideshow by the Seashore for seven years. She is the subject of the recently re-released Juggling Gender. Jennifer has toured her solo work to Canada, England, Austria, Brazil, Venezuela, and across the states.

George Emilio Sanchez is a performance artist from way back. He is currently a “re-performer” in the Marina Abramovic MoMA exhibit, is working with Patricia Hoffbauer on a new piece, and will be presenting his most recent solo work somewhere in downtown NYC in 2010/11. He is the Director of the Emergenyc Program for the Hemispheric Institute and the chairperson of the Performing and Creative Arts Department at the College of Staten Island which is part of CUNY.

Christopher Williams is a dancer, choreographer, and puppeteer. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and has since danced for Tere O’Connor, Douglas Dunn, John Kelly, Yoshiko Chuma, Jon Kinzel, and Rebecca Lazier’s TERRAIN, among others, and has performed for puppetry artists Basil Twist and Dan Hurlin. His own works have been presented in many New York City venues, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and internationally in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2005, he received a New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award for his work Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins.

Kathy Westwater (Moderator) Choreographer and educator. Choreography presented most recently at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, and 92nd Street Y; and archived in Franklin Furnace Archive and Walker Arts Center Mediatheque Archive. Recipient of awards from New York Foundation for the Arts and Djerassi Resident Artist Progam; and commissions from Dance Theater Workshop and Danspace Project. Dance faculty at Sarah Lawrence College since 2001. Previously taught at Bennington College, 92nd Street Y, Trisha Brown Studio, and Movement Research. Published writings include an interview with Merce Cunningham in the Movement Research Journal # 20, “Technology and the Body.” MFA, Sarah Lawrence College; BA, College of William and Mary.

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