Performances

Madeline Hollander: Ouroboros: Gs

Thurs, Sept 19, 2019
5–9 pm

Pamella and Daniel DeVos Family Outdoor Largo

In the site-specific performances, Ouroboros: Gs, Madeline Hollander will choreograph the installation of a portion of the Whitney’s flood mitigation system, collaborating with trained Whitney staff to simultaneously build and dismantle segments that circumnavigate the Museum. The Whitney has been in its current location since 2015 and while flood mitigation was always planned for the site, after waterfront damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Museum invested in a more advanced, protective system. Though essential to the safety of the building, this highly sophisticated barrier is almost never seen, coming and going as needed. Hollander’s choreography mimics this ebb and flow—and that of the nearby river's tides and currents—exploring the ways in which the Museum has had to adapt itself in the face of climate change. 

Ouroboros: Gs is part of Madeline Hollander's site-specific project, Ouroboros EFGs, which includes Nosecone: EF, an installation exhibiting a portion of the Whitney's flood mitigation system that will be on view for the duration of the Biennial located on the west facing corner of the sidewalk.

Performers: Andrew Champlin, Marielis Garcia, Katie Gaydos, Lauren Newman, Jeremy Pheiffer, and Asami Tomida; Museum staff participating in this performance includes Marek Milde, Mario Miron, and Royce Weatherly

Andrew Champlin is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher intersecting classical and contemporary arts procedures and expressions. He was nominated for a New York Dance and Performance Bessie award for outstanding performer and has worked with artists such as Xavier Le [CLC1] Roy, Miguel Gutierrez, Jillian Peña, Ryan McNamara, Pam Tanowitz, Madeline Hollander, David Gordon, Macklin Kowal, and Heather Kravas. He holds a MA in Choreography with a specialization in Performative Practices from Stockholm University of the Arts (DOCH) and a BA from Eugene Lang College at The New School University. Champlin has taught at The Cullberg Ballet, The New School University, DOCH, and Danscentrum Stockholm, and is currently on faculty at HZT/UdK Universität der Künst in Berlin.

Marielis Garcia is a choreographer and performer from New York and is director of MG DanceArts. She is a member of the Brian Brooks Moving Company and Helen Simoneau Danse. Garcia has had the privilege to perform and tour with Steps Repertory Ensemble (NY), Peter Kyle Dance (NY), iKapa (Cape Town), and Douglas Dunn and Dancers (NY), among others. She received her BFA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice. Her work has been presented by Appalachian State University, Salem College, Howard Community College, University of North Carolina Greensboro and Bard College at Simon’s Rock. In 2014, La MaMa theater awarded Garcia with a three-week residency, supporting and presenting a new work in Spoleto, Italy, and in 2017 she was a University of North Carolina School of the Arts Choreographic Fellow.

Katie Gaydos is a Brooklyn-based dance artist who has danced with Yannis Adoniou’s KUNST-STOFF, Robert Moses’s Kin Dance, and Madeline Hollander. Katie has presented work at KUNST-STOFF Arts, Triskelion Arts, and Art in General and was the co-editor of Ugly Duckling Press’s performance publication Emergency INDEX from 2016 to 2018. Gaydos is also a licensed social worker and currently works as a mental health clinician at The Institute for Family Health.

Lauren Newman is an independent dance artist and teacher from Florida. She danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company from 2010 to 2016 and has performed works by Kyle Abraham, Larry Keigwin, Nacho Duato, and Andonis Foniadakis. She has originated choreographies by Annie B. Parson, Marie Chouinard, Madeline Hollander, and Michelle Dorrance and is a certified gyrotonics instructor. Newman has taught at Marymount Manhattan College, Long Island University, The Martha Graham School, and USDAN camp for the arts.

Jeremy Pheiffer is a Brooklyn-based dancer/choreographer who has been performing with Madeline Hollander since 2013. He has danced with Moriah Evans, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Yvonne Meier, Jon Kinzel, Cathy Weis, Enrico Wey, and many others. Pheiffer’s work has been presented at Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, St. Marks Church in the Bowery, and Weis Acres.

Asami Tomida was born in Japan and received her BA from Nihon University College of Art in 2009. She graduated from Hunter College in New York as a dance major in 2013 and has worked with choreographers Stefanie Batten Bland, Donna Uchizono, Julian Barnet, Yuki Hasegawa & Doug Varone, Samuel Pott, and Ray Sullivan.

Marek Milde is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist originally from Prague, Czech Republic working together with Kristyna Milde as a collaborative tandem. They exhibit internationally and are recipients of numerous awards and residencies. 

Mario Miron is from the San Francisco Bay Area and currently lives in Queens, New York. He is one of the organizers of the project space Gern en Regalia.

Royce Weatherly lives and works on paintings in Maplewood, NJ.

This event is free.

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