Expect Lots Of Dance At Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Open Studio Weekend

silas-riener-photo-by-RobertMinell[New York, NY] – Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) is pleased to present an Open Studio Weekend September 26–28. Five project sites will be open to the public, as locations for an array of free arts and activities: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, St. Cornelius Chapel (also on Governors Island), Pier 42 on the East River Waterfront, Battery Park, and LMCC’s Lower Manhattan headquarters at 125 Maiden Lane. The three days will include several ways to get to know the artists in LMCC’s programs and explore their creative processes and the places where they work. Activities will include in-process showings with choreographers and dancers, workshops with visual artists and designers, guided tours of studios where artists are in residence, installations and exhibitions of photography, scupture and video, and in-process readings.

All events are free and open to the public, though advance RSVP may be required for some.

Artists participating in LMCC’s Process Space artist residency program will open their studios in the Arts Center at Governors Island and in the studio at 125 Maiden Lane. Process Space provides intensive residencies for artists, arts groups and creative practitioners in New York City that are developing work to be presented locally. Historically available to performing artists only, in 2014 LMCC added studio-based visual artists and writers to the program. During Open Studio Weekend, visitors will be able to walk through the 20 open-plan studios and get to know the second session of 2014 artists who began their residencies in August and will be working on site until mid-December.

In the two rehearsal studios at the Arts Center on Governors Island, choreographers (and participants in LMCC’s Extended Life dance development program) Vanessa Anspaugh and Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Reiner will present in-process showings. LMCC’s Extended Life program showcases choreographers whose work demonstrates a strong understanding of site, space and architecture, challenges notions of form and inspires an investigative spirit.

Also on Governors Island, in St. Cornelius Chapel, Rachel Tess will be working on Souvenir, a project that investigates the relationships between architecture and choreography, and choreographer and audience. During her LMCC Process Space artist residency (which begins September 20 and runs through September 28), Tess will host in-process showings and dancer workshops, as well as display set pieces and research related to the building of the structure that will house a final presentation in the future.

Another Process Space participant, Netta Yerushalmy, had a residency at the Arts Center this June and continues her work at LMCC’s 125 Maiden Lane studios. Netta is currently preparing for the premiere of Helga And The Three Sailors at Danspace in November and will be showing an excerpt of this work on Friday, September 26.

As part of the “Fall Festival at Pier 42,” there will be a series of workshops and activities with the 2014 Paths to Pier 42 Artists who were commissioned by LMCC to activate this temporary waterfront park with community-responsive design installations: Combo Colab & Sterotank, Sonia Louise Davis, Takashi Horisaki, Tattfoo Tan, and Chat Travieso with Yeju Choi, as well a public space intervention at the corner of Madison and Rutgers streets by choreographer luciana achugar, a participant in LMCC’s Extended Life dance development program and an Arts East River Waterfront performing artist.

Open Studio Weekend is also the final opportunity to enjoy two installations: In Battery Park, caraballo-farman’s site-specific, large-scale sculpture, The Signs of Paradise, which has been on display since the end of June and was included as part of this year’s River To River festival; and in the gallery at the Arts Center at Governors Island, the acclaimed exhibition, Trisha Brown: Embodied Practice and Site-Specificity, which has been open since Memorial Day weekend.

Finally, to celebrate and socialize with the artists and partners who make this Open Studio Weekend possible—as well as explore the historic South Street Seaport district (the four blocks at the intersection of Front Street and Peck Slip)—LMCC and the participating artists will attend the “Old Seaport Street Fest” on Saturday, September 27. The festivities take place from 12–10 p.m., with LMCC and the artists present after 5:30 p.m.

For a full schedule of performances and more information:

[Photo of Silas Reiner by Robert Minell]


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