loveDANCEmore: Only the Lonely, Evening Two
April 23 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
An event every day that begins at 7:30 PM, repeating until April 24, 2021
loveDANCEmore is proud bring you an online series – Only the Lonely: dances made safely during coronavirus. Evening two features work by Max Barnewitz & Emma Sargent, Ya-Ya Fairley and Roxanne Gray.
In “Duet for Non-Things and Forsaken Objects,” partners Max Barnewitz (they/them) and Emma Sargent (she/her or they/them) chronicle the quotidian during the pandemic and explore the boundaries of embodiment in a time of restriction. Barnewitz and Sargent plan to create a 3×3 grid of three-minute screendances that illustrate a shifting landscape of movement – a landscape that changes depending on the order and vantage point from which the audience chooses to interact. A portion of the work will be filmed in the artists’ apartment, fostering an intimate relationship between performer, viewer, and objects in the space. As part of the study on apartment life, they hope to incorporate mixed media movement including stop-motion animation, featuring small objects such as Lego men, ceramic animals, and Totoro figurines as the “dancers.” They hope to simultaneously invite play into the dances, and evoke an exploration of “thing” – the ways objects occasionally act upon us, uncannily venturing out of their prescribed purpose.
Ya-Ya Fairley (they/them) who earned an MFA from the University of Utah before spending time on the East Coast, returns to Salt Lake with the new film “Skin Hunger: A Performative Perspective on touch starvation during this pandemic.” Says Ya-Ya, “This project is a meditation on the ‘haptic,’ touch — or the lack thereof — and kinesthesia experienced in my Black Trans Dancing Body. This project will culminate in a solo screendance, which will offer glimpses into my own lived experience of grappling with the lack of “touch” and social congregation.”
Roxanne Gray (she/her) a dance artist recently relocated from the Bay Area, will present “Tableau.” The work is a short dance film, exploring micro gestural movement in a contained space. The piece examines isolation, and the enormity of change and/or lack of. Tableau was created in collaboration with Jasmine Stack, Benjamin Swisher and Ashley Isenhour.