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Choreography for Blackboards


“Choreography is not to constrain movement into a set pattern, it is to provide a cradle for movement to find its own patterns.” – Michael Kliën

A silent, communal matrix of individuals “dreaming the real” imprints a landscape of marks and meaning on the surfaces of blackboards through a series of rehearsed patterns. Rising thoughts, visual thinking, and sensual perception form a choreography relating to exchange, sedimentation, erosion and demise as audience members bear witness to the unfolding. You may sit, you may talk, you may read, you may walk throughout the performance.

The US Premiere of Choreography for Blackboards, a work by European choreographer Michael Kliën (with dramaturge Steve Valk), weaves the drawings of seven performers info a collective dance of minds. Drawing on seven monolithic blackboards, seven local and international performers follow exact, rehearsed procedures over a set period of time. As the drawings develop and become more expressive, audience members are invited to interact with the performances or simple observe. Once the choreography has come to an end, a landscape of drawings is left for display and contemplation.

Presented by PS122, part of COIL 2012

Dates + Time
Sunday, January 8 at 3pm
Monday, January 9 at 6pm
Tuesday, January 10 at 8pm
Wednesday, January 11 at 6pm

$20 Adults, $15 Seniors
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The Main Gallery
51 Bergen St.

Earlier Event: December 13
The Shining
Later Event: January 13
Tiny Lights