Magical

Annie Dorsen & Anne Juren

photo by Christoph Lepka

US Premier

Dance

Jan 15-19, 2013


Magical
Annie Dorsen & Anne Juren (USA, AUSTRIA)

Magical, a collaboration between Juren (performer) and Dorsen (director), places the canon of historical feminist performance into the context of a magic show. Through the rituals of illusion, trickery, and transformation the audience is shown the contradictions of contemporary feminism, contemporary art by women, and the contemporary female body. Juren devotes herself to the efficacy of the female body – a body that is (in a way) liberated, yet embattled (but isn’t supposed to be).Please note this performance contains nudity.
 
“Dorsen generates rare intellectual stimulation for the downtown performance world.”
The Village Voice

 
55 minutes
Annie Dorsen and Kevin Slavin will participate in SPAN on January 17 at 12pm at the COIL HUB.

Anne Juren (1978, Grenoble, France) is a choreographer and dancer based in Vienna. After her diploma of dance at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Lyon and her studies of French literature at the Sorbonne, she finished her apprenticeship at the Trisha Brown Company in New York in 2000. She founded the association Wiener Tanz- und Kunstbewegung in Vienna and created several choreographies like the solo “A?” (2003), “J’aime” (2004) in collaboration with Alice Chauchat, the solo “Code Series” (2005), “Look Look” (2007) in collaboration with Kroot Juurak, and the group piece “Komposition” (2008). In 2008 she was also artist in residence at the Tanzquartier Wien and took part in the two European artistic programs IDEE and APAP in which she developped a series of works called “Patterns of Sport and Dance”. 2009, she worked as a choreographer for the Burgtheater and co-curated the festival “Quick Change” at the Tanzquartier Wien in Vienna. In 2010 she presented with DD Dorvillier and Annie Dorsen “Pièce Sans Paroles”, a Tenessee Williams’s piece for two characters performed without words, and premiered in collaboration with Annie Dorsen and her magic piece “Magical” at the Impulstanz Festival. Her latest work “Tableaux Vivants” was a collaboration with the fine artist Roland Rauschmeier and the Austrian composer Johannes Maria Staud which premiered in November 2011 in the TQW in cooperation with Tanzquartier Wien and WIEN MODERN. In the moment she works on “Lost and Found”, a choreographic work reflecting upon the interplay of memory, projection and factual events which is going to be on stage by the end of 2012. Recently Anne Juren is a Feldenkrais® practitioner.
 
Annie Dorsen works in a variety of fields, including theatre, film, dance and, as of 2010, digital performance. Most recently, “Hello Hi There” premiered at the steirischer herbst festival (Graz), and was presented at Black Box Teatre (Oslo), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) and PS122 (New York). She is the co-creator of the 2008 Broadway musical “Passing Strange”, which she also directed. Spike Lee has made a film of her production which screened at various film festivals before being released theatrically by IFC in 2010. Also in 2010, she collaborated with choreographer Anne Juren on “Magical” (ImPulsTanz Festival) and with Ms. Juren and DD Dorviller on “Pièce Sans Paroles” (brut Künstlerhaus, Vienna and Rencontres Choréographiques Internationales Seine-St-Denis, Bagnolet). In 2009 she created two music-theatre pieces, “Ask Your Mama”, a setting of Langston Hughes’ 1962 poem, composed by Laura Karpman and sung by Jessye Norman and The Roots (Carnegie Hall) and ETHEL’s Truckstop, seen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. Her pop-political performance project “Democracy in America” was presented at PS122 in spring 2008. Her short film, “I Miss”, originally the centerpiece of “Democracy in America”, has screened at American Film Institute Festival (AFI Fest), SXSW Film Festival, The New York Film Festival’s ‘Views From the Avant-Garde’ and the Nantucket Film Festival. Upcoming: “Spoken Karaoke” within The Truth is Concrete at steirischer herbst festival 2012 and a new algorithmic work, “The False Peach” at On the Boards in February 2013.
 
Annie Dorsen has appeared at PS122 with Hello Hi There as a part of COIL 2012, and Democracy in America in 2008.

 

Located in the heart of Chelsea in New York City, New York Live Arts is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry offering audiences access to art and artists notable for their conceptual rigor, formal experimentation and active engagement with the social, political and cultural currents of our times. At the center of this identity is Bill T. Jones, Executive Artistic Director, a world-renowned choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer.
 
We commission, produce and present performances in our 20,000 square foot home, which includes a 184-seat theater and two 1,200 square foot studios that can be combined into one large studio. New York Live Arts serves as home base for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, provides an extensive range of participatory programs for adults and young people and supports the continuing professional development of artists. Our influence extends beyond NYC through our international cultural exchange program that currently places artists in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
 
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New York Live Arts is located in Chelsea, Manhattan and is accessible by the A, C, E, L, M, F, 1, 2 and 3 subways. This historic region on the west side of Manhattan is home to the High Line, the Chelsea Historic District, the Fashion Institute of Technology and is an international shopping and art gallery destination. New York Live Arts sits between 7th and 8th Aves on 19th street where audiences can pick from Spanish cuisine, seafood, or sushi within a 2 block radius. Audiences interested a post-performance walk can head 6 blocks south to Jackson Square where there are a range of late-night indulgences from coffee shops to wine bars.
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Realisation Annie Dorsen and Anne Juren
Performance Anne Juren
Magician Steve Cuiffo
Music Christophe Demarthe
Stage Roland Rauschmeier
Stage assistant Sebastian Bauer
Light Bruno Pocheron with Ruth Waldeyer
Costume Miriam Draxl
Assistant Ruth Ranacher


Supported, in part, by the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Austrian Cultural Forum (New York City), the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.

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