MOVEMENT ON FILM
October 25th – November 6th
MOVEMENT ON FILM highlights the dialogue between the camera and body as well as celebrating embodiment, women in interdisciplinary arts, dance on film, and lineage. Featuring the work of dancer/choreographer/vocalist Janis Brenner and interdisciplinary artist Muyassar Kurdi, MOVEMENT ON FILM will present video installations by both Brenner and Kurdi, as well as original and limited edition 35mm photographic prints by Kurdi, featuring Ms. Brenner and others. On October 25th and November 6th, the artists will present performances to compliment the exhibit, as well as special screenings of “Where She Is” (2018) the experimental short by Janis Brenner and artist Bahar Behbahani as well as selections from Kurd’s 16mm film trilogy.
Opening Reception and Performance: October 25th 7–10 PM
Oct 25th 7–10 PM
Oct 26th 12-4 PM
Oct 28th 6-9 PM
Oct 29th 6-9 PM
*Gallery hours also available by appointment
October 25th, 8:00 PM
Screenings of Muyassar’s 16mm film trilogy:
*A Song for Many Women (9m21s, 2018) is a short 16mm movement film exploring gravity, perception, and subtlety. A woman’s dance in the aftermath of war and destruction.
*Field Dances (9m17s, 2019) is a short 16mm dance film ruminating on space, scale, micromovements, and anatomy.
*Travelling (10m9s, 2017) is a short 16mm movement film, a pilgrimage, a ritual: exploring gravity, vulnerability, spaces between spaces, visual rhythm, and presence.
November 6th, 8:00 PM
Muyassar Kurdi’s voice/electronics duo performance with Lucie Vitkova
Janis Brenner’s solo excerpts of the movement-voice-theatre work Inheritance: A Litany
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Muyassar Kurdi (b. 1989 in Chicago) is a New York City-based interdisciplinary artist. Her work encompasses sound art, extended vocal technique, performance art, movement, analog photography and film. She has toured extensively in the U.S. and throughout Europe. She currently focuses her attention to interweaving homemade electronic instruments into her vocal and dance performances, stirring a plethora of emotions from her audience members through vicious noise, ritualistic chants, and meditative movements. Recent projects include: SEVEN VOICES, a multi-channel piece for seven voices, which was recorded during her artist residency at EMS in Stockholm February 2018. She also released Travelling on NORENT Records and Intersections and Variations on Astral Spirits in early 2018. Publications include KunstMuzik Journal (2018) and Array Journal: Gender and Sound Technology (2018).
Performance highlights include: The Rubin Museum of Art, Issue Project Room, Cafe OTO, Chicago Cultural Center, Center for Contemporary Art Laznia, Bond Chapel, Fridman Gallery, University Galleries, Zaratan - Arte Contemporânea, and Judson Memorial Church as well as exhibitions and film screenings (solo and group works) at VIERTE WELT, Trieze Gallery, Knockdown Center, Queens Museum, Spectacle Theatre, and Anthology Film Archives. Kurdi’s 16mm dance film Travelling was an OFFICIAL SELECTION for the BLOW-UP International Arthouse Film Fest - Chicago in October 2018. Kurdi has collaborated with composers Yasuno Miyauchi, Ka Baird, Arrington de Dionyso, Daniel Carter, Tomomi Adachi, Diana Policarpo, Lucie Vitkova, Bradley Eros, Laraaji, Patrick Holmes, and Ben LaMar among others.
Janis Brenner is an acclaimed, award-winning dancer/choreographer/vocalist/teacher and is Artistic Director of Janis Brenner & Dancers in NYC. Known for her “meticulous artistry," (The Village Voice) she has toured in 36 countries and is recognized worldwide as a “singular performer.” Awards/Honors include: 2018 “Best Production” award at the United Solo Theatre Festival for her one-woman, dance-opera-play and comic drama, Inheritance: A Litany, NY Dance & Performance Award ("Bessie") for performance in Meredith Monk’s The Politics of Quiet, Lester Horton Award for Choreography in L.A., Copperfoot Award for Lost, Found, Lost at Wayne State U, The Fund for US Artists at International Festivals, Asian Cultural Council, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, O'Donnell Green Music & Dance Foundation (collaborating with composers Jerome Begin and Svjetlana Bukvich), Harkness Foundation for Dance, UNESCO, US Embassies in Moscow, Bosnia, Jakarta and Dakar, and a commission for The Memory Project from the Whitney Museum of American Art. She received the “Best Choreography” Award at the 2017 United Solo Theatre Festival for Eva Petric’s eden, transplanted.
Ms. Brenner’s work has been commissioned/restaged on more than 50 companies and colleges worldwide and she performed with Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble from 1990 - 2005, 2014, recording on ECM Records. She was a soloist with the Murray Louis Dance Company (1977-84), working with Rudolf Nureyev, Placido Domingo, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Joseph Papp/The Public Theater, Bat Sheva Dance Company, and Alwin Nikolais. Ms. Brenner has been on faculty at The Juilliard School since 2009, mentoring Choreographers and Composers Collaborations and teaching Movement & Music Improvisation. Janis Brenner & Dancers has performed throughout the US, Asia, Russia and Europe since 1989 and appeared at major venues throughout NYC. Their work, A ‘Peace’ For Women was commissioned for and premiered at the United Nations Millennial Conference at Madison Square Garden Theater. JB&D have served as Cultural Ambassadors on numerous international tours.
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