Technology and Pop Culture in Performance: how are we feeling?

A Movement Research Studies Project
Conceived by Greer Dworman
With AUNTS, Steve May, Neal Medlyn and Ayano Elson 

February 2
TUE 6:30pm
Gibney Dance 890 Broadway
890 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Obviously not everything matters to all people BUT The Biebs and The Kardashian-Wests and #memes and The Apple Watch, these things are giving us information about where we are and who we are. Engaging with popular culture, as opposed to discounting it, asks us to think about our present moment more multi-dimensionally. In this conversation with invited artist speakers, let us unpack a combination of popular media trends, iconography and the #internet with live, experimental performance and the potential for true resonance in this work.


Greer Dworman is a Chicago-born now Brooklyn-based performer. Dworman’s current work embraces her deeply rooted millenial, female and queer experience through solo comedy performance, both live and in the digital space. She continues to develop Greer:Live, a one-woman comedy show, sometimes in collaboration with Tess

AUNTS was founded by James Kidd and Rebecca Brooks in 2005 and is currently organized by Laurie Berg and Liliana Dirks-Goodman. Guided by core principles of collectivity, cooperation, and sharing, AUNTS generates a constantly shifting environment where artists negotiate the simultaneous production and/or presentation of their work in relationship to one another. Often taking the form of a live event, AUNTS allows audiences to freely move about the spaces it inhabits, choosing their own path and creating their own experiences through chance encounters.

Champagne Jerry Neal Medlyn is a performance artist and musician living in New York whose most well-known work is his seven show Pop Star Series and Champagne Jerry, the subsequent iteration of his work with popular music.

Steve May is a ma’am who performs sometimes with Yackez, The Bureau for the Future of Choreography, Kim Brandt, Kyli Kleven, and does work involving performance and knitting and weaving and sound and textiles. Steve is also in the arts admin business at Roulette, as well as a band called “arts admn,” although the latter may change names before they release any material.

Ayano Elson is a choreographer and designer. She graduated from Connecticut College in 2013, with a dual major in dance and art history. In the past year, her work has been presented by AUNTS, Gibney Dance, the New Museum, and Roulette. Ayano has recently performed in works by Evvie Allison, Phoebe Berglund, Kim Brandt, Liz Charky, Glass Ghost, and Steven Reker/People Get Ready at Audio Visual Arts, BRIC, CATCH, the Invisible Dog, the Kitchen, and Lincoln Center.

Photo courtesy of Greer Dworman

  • February 2nd, 2016
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