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December 4, 2015 – December 30, 2015
Clap Hands is a mating call that looks to hail, disappear, disguise, displace and reveal the solo form, complicating a narrative of intimacy that is not limited to pattern, ritual or husbandry. Piles of fuchsia felt install the space, enacting a still life while demanding flamboyance. asks how we continually locate ourselves and what is it to deal with the haunting nature of remaining alone amongst others?
This piece is a work in progress. Jen and her team - Effie Bowen and with sound by Andy Kobilka AKA DJ Snoggybox - will be making solo together. Atlanta Contemporary is one of a trio of sites, including Tanzhaus (Zurich) and The Chinati Foundation (Marfa, TX), where the team will continue their research into manifesting, disguising and replacing the solo. There are many different feelings around how this can happen and where the solo aspect is located. While trying to house this multiplicity, entangle desires, misunderstandings and miscommunications, the process is opened up for you to come and flood the work, to entertain the impossibility of the solo and the problem of autonomy as it sits in the same architecture as a need for togetherness.
This is an open rehearsal, an invitation for audiences to take part in a process space. You are able to sit and watch or you can actively participate in the conversation.
Interview: Clap Hands
Jen Rosenblit has been making dances and teaching workshops on improvisation, choreography and performance in New York City since 2005. Rosenblit is a recipient of the 2014 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Emerging Choreographer, an inaugural recipient of THE AWARD, a 2014-2015 workspace artist through LMCC, a 2013 Fellow at Insel Hombroich (Germany), a recipient of the 2012 Grant to Artists from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and a 2009 Fresh Tracks artist (Dance Theater Workshop). Rosenblit has received commissions from The Kitchen (a Natural dance, 2014, Bessie Award), New York Live Arts (In Mouth, 2012), and Danspace Project (When Them, 2010, curated by Juliette Mapp), and a new work Clap Hands is supported by residencies at Tanzhaus (Zurich), The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (Atlanta, GA) and The Chinati Foundation (Marfa, TX), and will premiere in spring 2016. Rosenblit has worked as a performer and collaborator with artists including Young Jean Lee, Ryan McNamara, Yvonne Meier, Sasa Asentic, Anne Imhoff, Miguel Gutierrez and Simone Aughterlony, and has been a teaching artist at Bowdoin College, Hollins University, Bard College, NYU Tisch, Roger Williams, and Bennington College, and given lecture demonstrations surrounding the queer body and performance at Yale and Harvard. Recent works focus on an improvisational approach to choreographic thought and ways of structuring bodies as they fall out of relation aesthetically and spiritually while still locating ways of being together.
Effie Bowen is a dance artist from North Carolina and based in New York. Since graduating from Hollins University with a BA/BFA in dance she has shown work in New York, Philadelphia, Paris, and Berlin and has written about art and performance for BOMB, Interview Magazine and the Movement Research Performance Journal.
Admanda Kobilka aka snoggybox is a musician and artist based in MN. He studied video, performance art, computer music and visual art at Hampshire College and solo performance with Trinity/LaMama. After finding his little sister’s Gameboy Color in an old box of things, he became interested in hacking and using vintage video game systems for music composition. His work has been featured on Newhive.com, and his cassette, (0+0), was released last Fall on Canada Goose Tapes.