maria hassabi


“Gazing at this exquisitely designed living sculpture, you also feel your own body straining with Hassabi, and in the slow friction between these two views, mysterious emotions ignite.”
– Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice

“The boundaries between dance, artwork, installation and performance are subtly blurred…every sculptural position suggests unverifiable meaning…The quality of the darkening light is as beautiful as a painting, but the effect – the music, the spatial emptiness – is pure theater.” – Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times (on GLORIA)

A diptych of two autonomous evening-long solos that play between opposing orientations. The performer moves from a solitary contemplation in Solo, to a devotion to ‘show-culture’ in SoloShow. Hassabi continues her rigorous exploration of representations of the female body – embedded within art history, pop culture, and the performance of daily life – dissolving into the physicality of contemporary dance.

Performed alternately by Hassabi and Hristoula Harakas;
Thu, Fri, Sat at 8 – Maria Hassabi
Fri, Sat at 10 / Sun at 6 – Hristoula Harakas
Lighting by Joe Levasseur, clothing by ThreeAsFour, dramaturgy by Marcos Rosales, sound score by James Lo, and set design by Scott Lyall and Hassabi.

Crossing the Line (September 12 – October 3, 2009) is FIAF’s fall festival, conceived as a platform to present vibrant new works by a diverse range of transdisciplinary artists working in France and New York City. Initiated, conceived, and produced by FIAF in partnership with leading New York cultural institutions, the 3rd annual edition of this inter-disciplinary contemporary arts festival further develops its focus on artists who are transforming cultural practices on both sides of the Atlantic. www.fiaf.org

Performa 09 (November 1 – 22, 2009) is the third edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. www.performa-arts.org

With funding from the National Performance Network, MCAF supported by the N.Y.C. Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by LMCC and The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston and a Commission Grant from the Jerome Foundation.. Co-produced and presented by Performance Space 122, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) as part of the Crossing the Line Festival, and the 2009 Visual Art Performance Biennial, Performa 09.
Photo by Marcelo Krasilcic

WORLD PREMIERE
Presented as part of COIL 2010

SoloShow
Jan 11 at 4:30pm
Jan 12 at 4:30pm
Jan 12 at 9:30pm
SOLD OUT: Jan 11th at 9:30am

Offsite at a private studio
West 27th btwn 6th & 7th

Fall 09 Run:
Solo
In association with Crossing the Line
Tue, Sept 29 – Sun, Oct 4


SoloShow

In association with Performa 09
Thu, Nov 12 – Sun, Nov 15

Help PS122 Go Green by viewing your Solo Program and SoloShow Program online!

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