For Immediate Release
April 28, 2009
MOLLY DAVIES¹ TRADITIONS, INVENTIONS, EXCHANGE
TO OPEN JUNE 4 AT THE BARYSHNIKOV ARTS CENTER,
FOLLOWED BY A JUNE 6 PERFORMANCE
FEATURING DANCERS FROM THE U.S., INDONESIA AND JAPAN
Danspace Project and the Baryshnikov Arts Center Co-present the Experimental
Filmmaker¹s Newest Work:
A Three-Part, Nine-Channel Video and Sound Installation about
Cross-Cultural Exchange in Contemporary Dance
For four decades, the artist Molly Davies has created innovative and richly
layered works fusing art, dance, and experimental film. In the process, she
has collaborated with a singular diversity of luminaries from various
countries and fields, and her work has been presented by prestigious
organizations ranging from the Venice Film Festival and the Whitney Museum
to The *******, DTW and Jacob¹s Pillow. Davies¹ Traditions, Inventions,
Exchange exemplifies the unique, interdisciplinary nature of her work: The
three-part, nine-channel video/sound installation explores cultural
exchanges that took place over several years among six dancers and six
presenters, who worked together in the U.S., Indonesia and Japan. Each of
the three sections focuses on one of these countries.
The installation, which is a co-presentation by Danspace Project and the
Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), will be on view June 4‹11 at BAC. Following a
6:00 P.M. opening on June 4, gallery hours will be 11:00 A.M.‹6:00 P.M.,
June 5‹11. Admission to the gallery is free. The Baryshnikov Arts Center is
located at 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY, 10018.
On Saturday, June 6 at BAC, there will be an afternoon of related events,
including a roundtable discussion with guest artists and participants at
1:00 P.M., a reception and informal gallery talk with Davies at 2:00 P.M.
and a live performance by dancers featured in the videos‹Polly Motley, Steve
Paxton, Sardono W. Kusumo, and Kota Yamazaki‹at 3:30 P.M. Tickets are $20.00
and are available at www.ticketcentral.com
Traditions, Inventions, Exchange consists of three sections, each of which
is a continuous loop: Japan (25 minutes), Indonesia (45 minutes) and the
U.S, recently completed in collaboration with Iki Nakagawa (60 minutes).
Each part has three synchronous projections and three channels of mono
Davies began the documentation comprising Traditions, Inventions, Exchange
in 2002, revisiting the performers and locales of the Triangle Arts Program
(TAP), which in 1994 and 1997 brought together a dancer and a presenter from
each of these three countries and gave the six participants a month to work
together in each place. The Asian Cultural Council, the New England
Foundation for the Arts and the Saison Foundation jointly conceived the
program to create a cross-cultural openness and exchange, and to engender a
process rather than any particular product.
Davies¹ installation revisits the locales and performers brought together
through the program. She considers the participants¹ and places¹ changing
artistic and cultural landscapes, juxtaposing images ranging from East
Kalimantan to Maine, Tokyo to New York City. The work reveals‹and offers
viewers of the installation‹a personal experience of both traditional and
current dance, music, opinions, food, fun and other aspects of life in all
three countries. Davies interprets the impact of the TAP program on
contemporary dance and, more broadly, shows some of the development of
contemporary dance in the three countries over nearly ten years.
As such, Traditions, Inventions, Exchange promises a fascinating experience
for dance audiences, makers and presenters as well as experimental film fans
and visual art viewers. The work¹s earlier iterations, at the Asia Society
and Museum (New York, NY, 2005) and the Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME,
2003), drew diverse audiences.
Molly Davies has been working as a film and video artist for over 30 years.
For her multimedia performance pieces, she has collaborated with artists
John Cage, David Tudor, Michael Nyman, Takehisa Kosugi, Lou Harrison, Alvin
Curran, Fred Frith, Suzushi Hanayagi, Sage Cowles, Polly Motley, Jackie
Matisse and Anne Carson. Her work has been presented at the Venice Film
Festival, the Centre Pompidou, Musée de lŒArt Moderne de la Ville Paris,
Musée Art Contemporain Lyon, The Getty, the Whitney Museum, the Walker Art
Center, Asia Society, Theatre Am Turm, The *******, Dance Theater Workshop,
La MaMa Etc., Jacob¹s Pillow Dance Festival, and the Indonesian Dance
Festival. She teaches courses in design for inter-media performances at
universities in the United States, Europe and Asia.
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