Gender politics through the lens of dance, theatre and music

Choreographer/dancer Richard Move (NYC) will collaborate with visual artist Paolo Canevari and theater artist Alba Clemente on XXYY (working title), an interdisciplinary performance exploring gender identity.

Choreographer/dancer Richard Move (NYC) will collaborate with visual artist Paolo Canevari and theater artist Alba Clemente on XXYY (working title), an interdisciplinary performance exploring gender identity.

Cultural partners Jacob’s Pillow Dance and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) present a one-night-only work-in-progress showing of performing artist, choreographer, and TEDGlobal Oxford Fellow Richard Move’s XXYY on January 20, 2017 at 8pm in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center. The new collaboration is conceived and directed by Move, with an original sound score by electronic music pioneer Martux_m and costumes by theatre artist Alba Clemente. Co-presentations by Jacob’s Pillow and MASS MoCA are made possible by the Irene Hunter Fund for Dance.

Just what the groundbreaking work looks like is still to be finalized, but there are excellent clues contained within even this brief excerpt of “Martha @… The 1963 Interview” Richard Move’s theatrical recreation of the legendary 92nd Street Y interview with Martha Graham and dance critic and historian Walter Terry. Move channels Graham and Tony Award-nominated actress/playwright Lisa Kron* takes on the role of Terry.

At Mass MoCA, Move is working on XXYY, a multi-sensorial, theatrical show exploring gender binaries, which will be presented alongside Marth@20, a 20th-anniversary performance of his hallmark show celebrating Martha Graham. It promises to be an eye-opening evening of dance and intellectual stimulation.

“The Pillow is delighted to work with MASS MoCA to support the development of Richard Move’s newest work,” says Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge. “At a time when discussions of gender politics are very much alive, we look forward to exploring this topic more deeply through his lens.”

Richard Move is a highly-acclaimed director, choreographer, filmmaker, performing artist, and Artistic Director whose work has been called “powerful, iconoclastic theater” (Dance Magazine). Widely known for incarnating modern dance legend Martha Graham in his performances, Move has created work for PARADIGM (Carmen de Lavallade, Gus Solomons, Jr., and Dudley Williams), Italy’s Opera Ballet of Florence, New York City Ballet’s Helene Alexopoulos, Guggenheim Museum/New York, Parrish Art Museum, European Cultural Capitol, Deborah Harry, Dame Shirley Bassey, Isaac Mizrahi, and Martha Graham Dance Company. Move is the recipient of a New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award, among other accolades.

Move’s newest work XXYY is a poetic and otherworldly dance-theater event exploring the multiplicities of the gender spectrum while deconstructing the conventional binaries of male and female. The work combines Move’s highly-stylized choreography with Clemente’s inventive and elaborate costuming to create a provocative, alternative vision of the world. XXYY incorporates text from the obscure Autobiography of an Androgyne, written at the turn of the 20th century by Ralph Werther. The original sound score by Italian electronic music pioneer Martux_m includes the Vatican’sLast Castrato, Alessandro Moreschi (1858–1922), the only castrato to make solo recordings. XXYY is performed by Move and his longtime collaborators Catherine Cabeen and Katherine Crockett. Lighting design is by Donalee Katz. The work will have its premiere at New York Live Arts as part of the cross-disciplinary series Mx’d Messages in March.

PILLOW CONNECTIONS

Richard Move’s history with Jacob’s Pillow began in 2001, when he choreographed a segment of the Pillow-commissioned program The Seven Deadly Sins in the Ted Shawn TheatreRichard Move’s acclaimed Martha Graham performance made its debut in Martha @ the Pillow the following year in the Doris Duke Theatre. Move’s company, MoveOpolis!, made its Pillow debut in 2006 in the Doris Duke Theatre.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Richard Move is Artistic Director of the transdisciplinary collective MoveOpolis! He is a TEDGlobal Oxford Fellow, Ph.D. (ABD) in Performance Studies at New York University, and Assistant Professor of Drama, Theatre & Dance at Queens College, CUNY. MoveOpolis! has been presented by Dance Theater Workshop, New York Live Arts, The Kitchen, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and on tour internationally. Move’s films include: Bardo (Jury Prize nominee at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival), BloodWork-The Ana Mendieta Story (National Board of Review Award/Directors Guild of America), and Ghostlight, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Move has toured globally with his performances as Martha Graham, which received a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie). Martha@…The 1963 Interview, named “Best of 2011” by ARTFORUM InternationalTime Out and other publications, had its world premiere at New York’s Dance Theater Workshop in March 2011 and returned for encore performances in November 2011 at New York Live Arts. www.move-itproductions.com

Martux_m is a musician, producer, and pioneer of Italian electronic music. He began his career in the 1990s with the release of his first CD Meta-Harmonies for the German-Dutch label Staalplaat, under the name Martusciello. He started several electronic art groups with the name Martux_m, including Ossatura, Metaxu, and the Martux_m Crew, producing numerous electronica and electro-jazz CD’s. Martux_m has published more than 20 CDs with the some of the most important international labels. He has collaborated with musicians such as Markus Stockhausen, Arto Lindsay, Eivind Aarset, and Nils Petter Molvaer, among others, and is regularly invited to renowned international festivals such as Sonar (ES), Mutek (CND), RomaEuropa (IT), to name a few.

Alba Clemente was born in Amalfi, Italy. In 1991, she performed in Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole, a film by Amos Poe, shot entirely on a boat encircling Manhattan. In 1994, she acted in The Human Voice by Jean Cocteau, and performed the famous monologue at the Waverly Place Theater in a new translation by poet Rene Ricard, directed by John Heys. In 2009, she created costumes and props for choreographer Karole Armitage’s Made in Naples. She has also created costumes for three of director Jay Scheib’s productions: World of Wires (2012); the opera Powders Her Face by Thomas Ades, directed by Scheib for the New York City Opera and performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; and Platonov by Chekhov, adapted and directed by Scheib and performed at The Kitchen. Clemente has written two songs with Pink Martini, “Una Notte a Napoli” in Italian and “Ninna Nanna” in Neapolitan dialect. She has performed her songs with Pink Martini at the Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall in New York, and at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

The Irene Hunter Fund for Dance

Through the financial support of the Irene Hunter Fund for Dance, Jacob’s Pillow Dance and MASS MoCA continue to co-present performing arts programming, a partnership established before the museum was opened in 1999. The Pillow played a pivotal role in establishing MASS MoCA as a performing arts presenter, and sponsored events at the museum site as early as 1995. In the spirit of deep collaboration, this partnership creates opportunities for visual and performing artists by encouraging cross-disciplinary experimentation; cultivates new dance audiences in the Berkshires by presenting innovative, high-quality performances; and expands the public’s understanding of the creative process. Past co-presentations include Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.Motion., Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, STREB, MOMIX, DanceBrazil, Stephen Petronio Company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Armitage Gone! Dance, Cuba’s Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Chunky Move, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Shen Wei Dance Arts, KEIGWIN + COMPANY, Kimberly Bartosik, Katie Workum, and ZviDance.

Performance and Ticket Information

Friday, January 20 at 8pm; Hunter Center at MASS MoCA.

Ticket prices:

$12 advance, $18 day of, $10 students, $22 preferred, $5 MASS MoCA members

To order tickets: 413.662.2111 or www.massmoca.org

MASS MoCA is located at 87 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA 01247.

For additional information on Jacob’s Pillow, visit www.jacobspillow.org

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