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ECLIPSE

Jonah Bokaer + Anthony McCall

Date & Time: Thu, April 10 at 7:00 pm Fri, April 11 at 7:00 pm
Location: Jose Quintero Theatre, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston, Entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd., Houston, TX 77204

ABOUT THE PROJECT

A collaboration between choreographer Bokaer and visual artist McCall, ECLIPSE is a multidisciplinary performance that integrates choreography, light, visual design, and an audio-visual time score to arrive at altered ways of viewing a performance. ECLIPSE features four dancers, with a special appearance by Bokaer.

The presentation of ECLIPSE was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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ARTIST BIO

Jonah Bokaer (Choreography & Direction / Performance) has been creating dances for stage, museum, gallery, and outdoor spaces throughout the world since 2002. He is the author of 33 choreographies, ten videos, three motion capture works, three interactive installations, two mobile applications, and one film. His 30 choreographies have been produced throughout theaters in Belgium, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Often created to accommodate museum spaces, Bokaer’s dances have been performed in New York City at The New Museum, MoMA PS1, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Museum of Arts and Design. His dances and films have also been seen at MASS MoCA (currently on view, North Adams, Massachusetts); Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (Florida); the Musée d’Art Contemporain (Marseille, France); Carré d’Art (Nimes, France ); Maison Jean Vilar (Avignon, France); La Ferme du Buisson (Marne-La-Vallée, France); Palazzo delle Arti (Napoli, Italy); IVAM (Valencia, Spain); and Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen (St. Gallen, Switzerland).

His work with theatre artist Robert Wilson includes original choreography for the operas FAUST for the Polish National Opera; AÏDA for Teatro dell’Opera di Roma; Fronteras at IVAM Valencia; KOOL: Dancing In My Mind at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City; and On The Beach at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City.

Bokaer’s prodigious accomplishments have been recognized with many awards and honors beginning at age 17, including a Human Rights Award (2000); Joan Kirnsner Memorial Award (2005); Foundation for Contemporary Arts (2005–2006); Passing It On Award, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2006); Inaugural Gallery Installation Fellowship from Dance Theater Workshop (2007); Finalist: Rolex Mentor/Protégé Initiative in Dance (2007); New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award – Special Citation for Chez Bushwick (2007); New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award – Aaron Copp, Lighting Design (2008); National Dance Access Scholarship from Dance/USA (Mellon Foundation, 2007); Alumni Achievement Award from North Carolina School of the Arts (2009); Rockefeller NYC Cultural Innovation Award (for Chez Bushwick, 2008/2009); Bogliasco Foundation’s Jerome Robbins Prize Fellowship in Choreography (Italy, 2011); SACD Prix Nouveau Talent Chorégraphique (Paris, 2011); and National Endowment for the Arts (2011, 2012). Bokaer was the first dance artist to be inducted a Young Leader of the French American Foundation (2008–2009) and was among the very few dance artists to ever be recognized with the prestigious Crain’s NY Business “40 Under 40” (2011).

Anthony McCall (Installation, Score, Costumes) Born in St Paul’s Cray, England, in 1946; lives and works in Manhattan. McCall is known for his ‘solid-light’ installations, a series that he began in 1973 with his seminal “Line Describing a Cone,” in which a volumetric form composed of projected light slowly evolves in three-dimensional space. Occupying a space between sculpture, cinema and drawing, his work’s historical importance has been internationally recognized in such exhibitions as “Into the Light: the Projected Image in American Art 1964-77” at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2001-2), “The Expanded Screen: Actions and Installations of the Sixties and Seventies” at Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna (2003-4), “The Expanded Eye” at Kunsthaus Zurich (2006), “Beyond Cinema: the Art of Projection” at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2006-7), The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Projected Image” at Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC (2008), “The Geometry of Motion 1920s/1970s”, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008), and “On Line”, Museum of Modern Art (2010-11). McCall’s work has also been exhibited at, amongst others, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2004, Tate Britain, London, 2004, Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France (2006), Musée de Rochechouart, France (2007), SFMoMA (2007), Serpentine Gallery, London (2007-8), Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2009), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2009), Adam Art Gallery Wellington, New Zealand (2010), Sprueth Magers/Ambika P3, London (2011), Serralves, Porto (2011), and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2012). His work is represented in the US by Sean Kelly Gallery, New York. McCall is in the process of completing an Arts Council England/Cultural Olympiad sculpture commission to realize his Column in North-West England: a spinning column of cloud that rises vertically from the surface of the water into the sky.

 

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