Posts Tagged ‘architecture’

history resonating in my body

My favorite thing about London is how easy it is to get to other places.  I decided at the last minute to hop on the 2-hour train to Brussels for the week.  Amazing.  After seeing a couple friends, I attended a rehearsal performance for the new collaboration between Jerome Bel and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker.

I’m going to refrain from the long and critical conversation I’d like to have with you about it.

After my last post about architecture, I found myself extremely focused on the surroundings of the theater, La Monnaie, which was built more than 3 HUNDRED years ago.  It got me thinking about how no matter what, each piece presented there carries with it a heavy history.  Of course this is true at any theater, even relatively new ones in New York.  I’m curious how this affects the performance, both for viewers and performers.  My body felt different there.  I brought different attention.  It wasn’t just about expectation.  It was how my body reacts in a huge opera house filled with paintings and so much more.  This was the piece for me.

Jillian Peña, 2009 MR artist-in-residence,, i love you


I went to a talk last night by Alfredo Jaar, a Chilean artist living in New York.  He’s incredible, and if you have time:  Something I really loved and felt resonated with me was that he started by saying, “I’m an architect, but I make art in the art community.”  Although I can’t claim it like he can, I might try “I’m an architect, but I make dance,” or perhaps I should go for “I’m a choreographer, but I make architecture.”

He also referenced that old idea that an artist only ever makes one work, and each of their works is the attempt to fulfill that one piece.

Jillian Peña, 2009 MR artist-in-residence,, i love you

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