a quartet

Heather Kravas

New York Premiere

Dance

Jan 8 - 13

a quartet
Heather Kravas (USA)

Comprised of a kaleidoscopic ballet, a mutating folk dance, a human machine and a titillating cheer, Heather Kravas’ a quartet explores the possible outcomes of individuals dancing together.

At once precise and overwhelming, a quartet drastically reduces, then reiterates its vocabulary to examine the politics of societal fidelity. How do disparate beings become one faction? What is the nature of exclusion and opposition? Where is the end of us and the beginning of them?

Desire, communism, preteens, servitude, black holes and the pastoral cross paths with tradition. Conventions are considered through a minimalist lens – it is an aim toward the singular from the multitude and back again.

Choreographer & Director Heather Kravas
Performers Oren Barnoy, Cecilia E, Jennifer Kjos, Liz Santoro
Sound Designer Dana Wachs a.k.a. Vorhees
Lighting Designer Madeline Best
Scenic Designer Jason Starkie
Performance Consultant & Artistic Advisor Rebecca Brooks
Production Manager Sara Jinks

90 minutes


 

Heather Kravas (Choreographer/Director) grew up in Pullman, WA where, under the tutelage of Deirdre Wilson, she studied classical ballet and the experimental theater exercises of Jerzy Grotowski. In the early 90′s, she moved to Seattle, began a contemporary dance practice, co-founded the repertory company D-9 and performed with Amii LeGendre. There, she created her first dances in collaborations with Maureen Whiting, Karn Junkinsmith and Jack Magai. An independent artist working, and working to work in New York City since 1998, she has performed for choreographers Marion Ballester, Jennifer Allen, Amy Cox, Yvonne Meier and most significantly, DD Dorvillier & human future dance corps, who she has worked with for the past decade both in the capacity as interpreter and rehearsal assistant. In 2010, she was a featured re-performer in Marina Abramovic’s MOMA retrospective The Artist is Present. From 2003-2008, Kravas collaborated choreographically with Canadian/European artist, Antonija Livingstone, generating several works, including two, multi-evening performance events, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX – a situation for dancing. and (no more village), both of which toured in the United States, Canada and throughout Europe. Her choreography has been presented at On the Boards (Seattle), P.S.122, Movement Research @ Judson Church, the Kitchen, Danspace @ St.Mark’s Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Tonic and Chez Bushwick. Kravas’ 2011 evening-length project, The Green Surround, was named as one of Art Forum’s Top 10 choreographic works of the year. Heather lives and works between New York, Seattle and Montesquieu Volvestre, France

 

The Kitchen is a non-profit, interdisciplinary organization that provides innovative artists working in the media, literary, and performing arts with exhibition and performance opportunities to create and present new work. Using its own extensive history as a resource, the organization identifies, supports, and presents emerging and under-recognized artists who are making significant contributions to their respective fields as well as serves as a safe space for more established artists to take unusual creative risks. www.thekitchen.org

 
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The Kitchen is located in Chelsea, Manhattan and is accessible by the A, C, E, L and 1 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. The Kitchen sits one block from the Hudson River, close to 10th avenue where audiences can pick from a plethora of restaurants scattered between 15th and 19th streets. Chelsea Piers is also one block from the theater and is a waterfront sports village hosting an abundance of bars, restaurants and shopping.
 
“More than 100 art galleries have sprouted in west Chelsea, a part of the neighborhood that was industrial until only a few years ago. A once-decrepit stretch of Ninth Avenue between 19th and 21st Streets now has a cozy French ambience, with La Bergamote patisserie, La Cafetiere housewares and Le Gamin Cafe. Since opening on Ninth Avenue in 1997, Chelsea Market’s fishmongers, butchers, bakers and greengrocers have been welcomed by area food shoppers.”
– The New York Times
 
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a quartet is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by PS122 in partnership with On the Boards, Fusebox Festival and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). Additional support provided by 4Culture, PACT-Zollverein Essen and the CCNFC á Belfort and developed in part with support from The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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