BE-SEEK-LET: MAY 21-24, 2015 (THURS-SAT @ 8PM, SUN @ 2PM)
THIS WEEK! be-seek-let, a duet for two dancers and two bicycles, premieres at the West End Theater, danced by Zoe Rabinowitz and Lena Lauer, with music by Galen Bremer. The piece will premiere in a program of original works commissioned by Women in Motion, also featuring choreographers Maura Nguyen Donohue and Deborah Lohse, with special guests Garnet Henderson and Catherine Tharin.
West End Theater
263 West 86th St, New York, NY
1 train to 86th St
Tickets: $18 General Admission
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be-seek-let examines bodies and bicycles as objects and machines of beauty, power and precision. Created for two dancers and two bicycles, the piece investigates the relationship between human and apparatus in a world that blurs the line between animate and inorganic. Set to an original score by Galen Bremer, with sound derived from field recordings, modular synthesis, and tape manipulations, the composition mimics the physical mechanics of a bicycle and the explorative agency of the human-bicycle connection. be-seek-let was first shown as a work in progress performed by Kensaku Shinohara and Osias Yanov at the Omi International Arts Center in August 2014, and again by Zoe Rabinowitz and Kensaku Shinohara at New York Theater Workshop in October of the same year. The premiere will take place as part of the Women in Motion Choreography Commission, during the West End Theater’s Soaking WET Series. The May premiere will feature dancers Lena Lauer and Zoe Rabinowitz, alongside performances by co-commissioned choreographers Maura Donohue and Deborah Lohse.
This work has been developed through a 2015 Women in Motion Commission and made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and space grants from The Hunter College Dance Department and Joffrey Ballet School.
Lena Lauer is a dance artist with a B.F.A in dance performance and choreography from Ohio University. She has created and performed work in Ecuador and Colómbia with Kléver Viera of Arrebato, and independent artists Ernesto Ortiz and Terry Araujo. Stateside, Lauer’s notable performances include the Miguel Gutierrez work Freedom of Information, and Seán Curran’s ten tiny dances, produced by Mike Barber. Lena is currently co-founder of and performer with The Lovelies, New York City’s foremost dance compositional improvisation company, with performances at venues such as Dance New Amsterdam, The Tank, Judson Church and Gowanus Art + Production; curator for the FIGMENT project on Governor’s Island; and an administrator and teacher at the Joffrey Ballet School. Lena has also taught at Ohio Northern University, Lima (OH) City Schools, and The Ohio State University, where she was commissioned to choreograph A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Galen Bremer is a composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. His work focuses on experimentation using noise, modular synthesis, improvisation, and elements of performance art. He appears on recordings with New York art rock band Forest Fire on FatCat records. Bremer has performed in collaboration with choreographer Anne Zuerner at a number of locations in New York City, including the Invisible Dog Art Center and Dance New Amsterdam. His music has been described as "ominous" (The New York Times), "mesmerizing" (Off Off Off Dance), and "addictive, hypnotic" (Pitchfork Media). He was recently an artist in residence at Fleet Moves Dance Festival in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Bremer received a B.A. in Jazz Performing Arts from the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he also studied other forms of Contemporary Music. Learn more at www.galenbremer.com