Free admission (all visitors, all hours)
Beach Sessions Dance Series is proud to return to Rockaway Beach, Queens for its second season of free beachfront outdoor performances with New York’s most soughtafter choreographers. For two Saturdays in August, on two shared bills, four choreographers are invited to reimagine their work on an outdoor stage situated in the sand with the ocean as the backdrop. The series offers beachgoers and Rockaway locals a unique cultural experience at the City’s popular summertime retreat.
Beach Sessions’ mission is to support creativity in the Rockaways, facilitate public engagement with contemporary dance on the peninsula, and inspire sustained investment in the natural beauty of the Rockaway shoreline. Beach Sessions Dance Series is curated and organized by Sasha Okshteyn.
Program details for each Saturday are below and will be updated as more information becomes available.
Saturday, August 20th | 6:30pm Laurie Bergand BOOMERANG Free and open to the public
On the sand at Beach 90th
Laurie Berg brings her latest work, The Mineralogy of Objects,out of the theater and onto the beach! Translating Variétés de Minéralogie Object(1939), a shadow box by artist Joseph Cornell, into a collective, kinetic exercise, The Mineralogy of Objectsfinds inspiration in Cornell’s repetition and transformation of a female silhouette. Berg works with her collection of objects and props, and the driving, visceral effects of a baseline beat, to create a space that is both highly structured and simultaneously fantastical. Created by Laurie Berg in collaboration with Jodi Bender, Bessie McDonoughThayer and Jillian Sweeney. Original Sound by Karl Scholz. The Mineralogy of Objects premiered at Danspace Project in 2015.
BOOMERANG brings their latest work, Repercussion,a percussively visceral and psychologically dynamic work thatexplores “active forgetting” based on new writing by MacArthur Fellow and cultural critic Lewis Hyde.Repercussion was made in collaboration with Greg Saunier, drummer and founding member of the internationallyacclaimed band Deerhoof, and the costumes were created by
threeASFOUR, recipients of the 2015 CooperHewitt/Smithsonian Museum’s National Design Award. Repercussionwas originally commissioned by Dixon Place for a March 2016 premiere in New York City and was subsequently premiered in Paris, France at the Arts Arena at the invitation of Robert Wilson.
Saturday, August 27th | 6:30pm
Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Rienerand Netta Yerushalmy Free and open to the public
On the sand at Beach 90th
Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, former Cunningham dancers who frequently collaborate at venues such as MoMa PS1, The Chocolate Factory, New York Live Arts, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Danspace Project, REDCAT, ICA Boston, will premiere new material. Mitchell and Riener’s collaborative work revels in the possibilities of the highly articulated dancing body where current and historical influences and aesthetic forms are collapsed into a hybrid physical and visually charged language. They have been particularly interested in creating dance in response to complex and active spatial environments.
Netta Yerushalmy, aGuggenheim and NYFA fellow, will be presenting a study which she describes as “traces, residues, new old horizons; a byproduct of my current project Paramodernities.”The project, which involves systematic decreations of iconic modernist choreographies, is supported by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Watermill Center, Alvin Ailey New Directions Choreography Lab, Movement Research, and LMCC’s 201617 Extended Life program.
Following the performances, Surfrider Foundation, an organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans and beaches, will host a beachcleanup sponsored by Rockaway Brewing + Company.
Image: Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener by Alex John Beck for Beach Sessions 2016