Joan Jonas: Moving Off the Land (U.S. premiere) – Danspace Project
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Joan Jonas: Moving Off the Land (U.S. premiere)

Photo: Elísabet Davíðsdóttir. Courtesy Joan Jonas and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York/Rome.
Photo: Elísabet Davíðsdóttir. Courtesy Joan Jonas and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York/Rome.

Advance tickets for Moving Off the Land are sold out. A wait list will begin at the box office at 7:15pm each night. Doors to the sanctuary will open at 7:45pm, and the performance will begin promptly at 8:30pm.

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

After over 40 years, performance and video innovator Joan Jonas returns to Danspace Project with an immersive lecture-performance drawing from literature, mythology, and the artist’s collections of sketches and notes on the sea.

Moving Off the Land explores “the ocean as a poetic, totemic, and natural entity, as a life source and home to a universe of beings.” Jonas’s video, performance, and installation works often exist in transit, and are translated and restaged into other mediums.

Jonas uses herself as a screen and as a surface. Video footage of underwater scenes from Jean Painlevé’s black-and-white reels of sea creatures to shots of aquariums is poetically and associatively intersected with excerpts from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Sy Montgomery’s Soul of an Octopus, Italo Calvino’s The Aquatic Uncle, and the writings of Rachel Carson.

Created and performed by: Joan Jonas
Music composed and performed by: Ikue Mori
Lighting design by: Jan Kroeze
Video technician: David Sherman
Additional underwater footage: David Gruber

Commissioned by TBA21–Academy, London