Choreographers Gerard & Kelly host Open Studio for “Modern Living”

Troy, NY — On Thursday, February 23 at 7PM, choreographers Gerard & Kelly will host a free open-studio presentation on their work-in-progress, Modern Living, exploring queer intimacy and domestic space, at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

In 2016, Gerard & Kelly choreographed nine dancers in performances at the landmark Schindler House in West Hollywood, CA, the site of an early experiment in communal living, and Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, CT, where the architect and his partner David Whitney lived for over 40 years. The performances investigated the livability of queer space—its pleasures, tensions, and impossibilities—and were filmed for the next iteration of the project.

In residence at EMPAC, the duo are now working to translate the project into a gallery installation integrating architectural forms and video projection. This open-studio event will invite you behind the scenes with the artists, who will introduce Modern Living and discuss their work, which shifts between dance and visual art contexts, the gallery, the stage, domestic and public space.

Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly have collaborated since 2003 to create installations and performances interrogating the formation of the couple and exploring the critical potential of intimacy. Driven by an inquiry of their own partnership, the duo uses choreography, language, video, and sculpture to address questions of sexuality, memory, and the formation of queer consciousness.


The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is where the arts, sciences, and technology interact with and influence each other by using the same facilities and technologies, and by breathing the same air. EMPAC hosts artists and researchers to produce and present new work in a building designed with sophisticated architectural and technical infrastructure. Four exceptional venues and studios enable audiences, artists, and researchers to inquire, experiment, develop, and experience the ever-changing relationship between ourselves, technology, and the worlds we create around us. EMPAC is an icon of the New Polytechnic, a new paradigm for cross-disciplinary research and learning at Rensselaer, the nation’s oldest technological research university. 

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