DraftWork: Lauren Bakst / Kensaku Shinohara
Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal, free Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development. Performances are followed by discussion and a reception with the artists and curator.
Lauren Bakst is an artist and writer living in New York. She works in, with, and through dance, approaching the situation of performing as an object of inquiry. Lauren is working or has recently worked with effie bowen, Chanterelle Menashe Ribes, Laura Morrison, students at University of the Arts School of Dance, Ivo Dimchev, and Yuri Masnyj. She is an editor of the Movement Research Performance Journal. Lauren currently manages Private Collection, a personally-motivated performance-archive.
Kensaku Shinohara is an artist who brings an education in anthropology to bear on his work as a choreographer/performer. He is extremely curious about nonverbal communication and the ways individuals express values and exercise boundaries. Based in NYC since 2009, his works have been performed in USA, Canada, Malaysia, and Taiwan. Shinohara is a 2017/18 Harkness Dance Center AIR, Exploring the Metropolis AIR, and has received grants from the Japan Foundation (2016) and Queens Arts Fund (2016).