Events – Danspace Project
Photo: Lindsey Dietz Marchant

Ursula Eagly: Our Epithelium

*There is no late seating for this performance. Please arrive on time!*

Ursula Eagly’s Our Epithelium is choreography for psychosocial motor systems. Highly composed and barely performative, this piece is made by secretion, absorption, and interaction. It is a piece for a large cast and a small audience, with two performances per evening at 8pm & 9pm. Writes Eagly, “It is architectural, reciprocal, interpersonal, intersubjective, and we can’t do it without you.”

Our Epithelium features: Madeline Best, Peggy Cheng, André Daughtry, Rebecca Davis, Blaze Ferrer, Katherine Howard, Elena Rose Light, Julie Mayo, Kay Ottinger, Londs (Lindsay) Reuter, and Tara Sheena, with lighting by Kathy Kaufmann

The creation of Ursula Eagly’s Our Epithelium was made possible, in part, by the Danspace Project 2018-2019 Commissioning Initiative, supported by the Jerome Foundation, as well as with a production residency supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Ursula Eagly researched, developed and honed Our Epithelium with financial, administrative, and residency support from Dance in Process at Gibney. This project is supported by Movement Research Exchange/Korea with funding support from the Asian Cultural Council and the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture. This project is supported by the GPS/Global Practice Sharing program of Movement Research with funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Ursula Eagly makes dances characterized by a “rabbit-hole logic” (NY Times) that consider the potential of porosity, an interrupted physicality, and you. Her work has been commissioned and presented in New York by The Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, and Mount Tremper Arts, among others, and internationally in Albania, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Macedonia, Manipur, and Mexico. Her work has been sustained by grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation/USArtists International, The Suitcase Fund, FCA/Emergency Grant, Japan Foundation/Performing Arts JAPAN, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and the Queens Council on the Arts, and through residencies including Movement Research AIR, Explore the Metropolis Choreographer + Composer, Gibney DiP & boo koo, Dance New Amsterdam AIR, DTW Studio Series, DTW Fresh Tracks, Topaz Arts’ Solo Flight, and Ur (NYC), Kaatsbaan International Dance Center (Tivoli, NY), IIAC (Earthdance), Stara Elektrarna (Ljubljana), STATION (Belgrade), and Seoul Dance Center (Korea). Other projects include writing for magazines from Artforum to ARTnews and editing 53rd State Press Dance Pamphlet (inaugural edition), Movement Research Performance Journal (#41 & 42), Critical Correspondence (2010-2011), and Danspace Project catalogues (PLATFORM 2010 & 2011). Ursula was Artistic Advisor for NYLA’s Fresh Tracks program (2014-2017) and currently serves on the Explore the Metropolis Advisory Board.

Tendayi Kuumba by Angie Vasquez, Samita Sinha by Aram Jibilian

A Shared Evening of Work by Tendayi Kuumba & Samita Sinha

Part of collective terrain/s — a collective research process organized by Lydia Bell, Jasmine Hearn & Tatyana Tenenbaum. More info on collective terrain/s

Dancer, acclaimed jazz singer, songwriter, and company member of Urban Bush Women, Tendayi Kuumba works with visual, creative sound, and spoken word artist Greg Purnell to present U.F.O.: (Unidentified Fly Objects), an exploration of sound meeting the body.

Explains Kuumba, “When I think of “collective terrain”, I think of [a] telescope, a kaleidoscope… the literal galaxy and the internal galaxy that is our DNA.” Partners in love and in life, Kuumba and Purnell imagine this duet as “a micro-journey through one’s inner-verse, an otherworldly deja vu, a reminder of what we once were.”

Composer, performer, and educator Samita Sinha combines tradition and experiment to make vocal performance works that investigate cultural inheritance and the experience of being a body in the world.

Infinity Folds is a dance in sound—a process of coming together to make formations of vibration, inside and outside. The work is composed and instigated by Sinha and created by Regina BainRina Espiritu, Fana Fraser, Yingjia Lemon Guo, Chaesong Kim, Risha Lee, Okwui Okpokwasili, lily bo shapiro, Sheena Sood, and Helen Yung, who work with fragments of Baul music, a radically embodied folk tradition from Bengal, to open possibilities for voice and body.

Jasmine Hearn, Tendayi Kuumba, Samita Sinha, Tatyana Tenenbaum.
Jasmine Hearn, Tendayi Kuumba, Samita Sinha, Tatyana Tenenbaum. Photo: Megan Stahl.

collective terrain/s Workshop

Part of collective terrain/s — a collective research process organized by Lydia Bell, Jasmine Hearn & Tatyana Tenenbaum. More info on collective terrain/s

Jasmine Hearn, Tendayi Kuumba, Samita Sinha, and Tatyana Tenenbaum will collectively lead participants in a workshop on sounding in the body. Each artist will share a part of their process or approach with participants.

Come as you are; no prior dance or vocal experience necessary!

Lydia Bell, Jasmine Hearn, Tendayi Kuumba, Samita Sinha, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Denise Shu Mei
Lydia Bell, Jasmine Hearn, Tendayi Kuumba, Samita Sinha, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Denise Shu Mei. Photo: Megan Stahl.

collective terrain/s Publication Launch Party

Part of collective terrain/s — a collective research process organized by Lydia Bell, Jasmine Hearn & Tatyana Tenenbaum. More info on collective terrain/s

Celebrate the launch of the collective terrain/s publication, designed by collective please/denise shu mei, with contributions from Lydia Bell, Marisa Clementi, Yingjia Lemon Guo, Jasmine Hearn, Tendayi Kuumba, Pareena Lim, Rebeca Medina, Denise Shu Mei, Amber Jamilla Musser, Greg Purnell, lily bo shapiro, Samita Sinha, Jules Skloot, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Nicole Wallace, Cyrah Ward, and Rochelle Jamila Wilbun.

This event will feature readings by Amber Jamilla Musser, Nicole Wallace, Cyrah Ward, and Rochelle Jamila Wilbun.

Refreshments will be served!

Click here to buy your copy of the collective terrain/s publication today!