THRU January 14, 2018

Courtesy the artist and MoMA PS1. Photo: Derek Schultz

Originating from internal physical processes, Moriah Evans’ Figuring takes micro movements as method. Through the engagement of energies, reactions, and interactions, three female performers make visible and audible internal systems in order to pitch them against the external forces of space and other. Control and loss of control become the borders that the performers traverse in a series of measured movements that attempt to reconfigure the perceived cohesiveness and stability of the human form. Through pacing and scale, physical gestures make malleable the inner qualities of the body, as well as the sensation of time.Figuring brings forth the unseen, yet felt, world of bodies and space.

Evans examines various methods and manifestations of contemporary dance within her work. By analyzing the recent history of the discipline as artifact, she isolates and reconfigures aspects of its material and cultural legacies. Deconstructing protocols, production mechanisms, modes of staging, and public perceptions, her choreographies navigate the potentials for utopic sentiments, as well as dystopic tendencies, inherent within performance as a collaborative form. She approaches her pieces by moving between the often opposed realms of minimalism and excess, emphasizing the corporeal aspects of both.

Choreography and performance:
Moriah Evans with Lizzie Feidelson, Nicole Marie Mannarino, and Sarah Beth Percival
Lights: Kathy Kaufmann
Styled by: Strauss Bourque-LaFrance
Sound: Ka Baird

Figuring is commissioned by SculptureCenter and is presented by SculptureCenter in conjunction with American RealnessFiguring is curated by Ruba Katrib.

Performance Schedule
Tuesday, January 9, 5:30pm
Wednesday, January 10, 5:30pm
Friday, January 12, 5:30pm
Saturday, January 13, 5:30pm
Sunday, January 14, 5:30pm

Run time: 90 minutes

$25 (General Admission)
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About Moriah Evans
Moriah Evans is a choreographer based in New York. Her choreographic work has been presented by MoMA PS1, Danspace Project, Issue Project Room, Whitney Museum of American Art, Movement Research at Judson Church, American Realness, New York Live Arts, CallT2, Kampnagel (Hamburg), Theatre de l’Usine (Geneva), CDC Atelier de Paris (Paris), and Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai). Evans received a Bessie Award nomination for Emerging Choreographer (2015) and a Foundation for Contemporary Art Grants to Artists (2017). She is Editor-in-Chief of the Movement Research Performance Journal, and in 2011 she initiated The Bureau for the Future of Choreography; a collective apparatus involved in research processes and practices to investigate participatory images of performance and systems of choreography.

About American Realness
Created by Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor in partnership with the Abrons Arts Center in January 2010, American Realness is a festival of dance, performance and discourse. Now co-presented between Abrons Arts Center, Gibney Dance and additional participating venues, American Realness is an internationally recognized platform for the discovery of new works from subversive artists, tearing at the boundaries of their forms. The program commands attention for the proliferation of choreographic and performative practices transcending the traditions and rewriting the definitions of American dance and performance.

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