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Other Myths

April 28, 2015 | 8pm
Contemporary Art Center
New York City
May 3, 2015
at 2 pm - Doors open at 1:30 pm
at 7 pm - Doors open at 6:30 pm
Lightbox | 339 W 38th St. NY
TICKETS | Brown Paper Ticket | $35 tickets; $120 for VIP and after party
Other Myths was premiered in June 2014 in Hungary, Bokaer has selected five dancers from Eastern European countries, to challenge governmental prejudice. Each of the performers provided Bokaer with a chosen Carpathian myth from their country, which he had interpreted and structured choreographically, weaving them into a single work designed for the Ludwig Múzeum. The music is by Soundwalk Collective, with field recordings from the Black Sea. There is no décor, and the lighting will be the natural filtering of sun through the museum windows.

Artistic Statement
Beginning in 2002, I began to stage my choreography in visual gallery spaces in New York City, and abroad. What this allowed was a series of discoveries about the visual proximity between the dancer and the viewer, which is made possible in visual spaces – as opposed to proscenium theatres. The minimal economy of technical elements available, as well as the relatively bare performance conditions, also fascinated me, and provided a source of both inspiration, and restraint.
Presenting my choreography more seriously in museums in 2007, I began to experiment with temporal narration: not with a narration of the dance, but with a narration of the museum and its architecture. The museum, its spatial orientation, its history, and its exhibitions are often reframed by my work, by my choreography, to create a new viewing context at the museum. My temporal structures are also narrative: they form clear a dramaturgy that has a beginning and end, or, at times a temporal loop, which allows for repetition during museum hours, using the grammar of time-based visual art.
Another goal of my work in museums, is to create a new and unforgettable viewing experience for the public. Dance is extremely well positioned to act in this way, due to its immaterial nature, and its relative resistance to be acquired, obtained, or collected within the circulation of visual art objects. Dance resists such collection: whereas it is the choreographer’s job to contain, or one could say retain, their work in a manner that it can be presented, and re-presented.
The word “immaterial” remains a problem, in this field of work. I am material; my dancers are material; I choose clear materials as content & theme upon which to based my works; all of my work is populated with strongly developed visual materials on the stage.
Whereas the language of performance art might conjugate an immaterial, non-market-based existence which does not rely on the sale of objects, my choreography resists this orientation: materiality in my work is multi-valent system of bodies, movements, objects, and sources, all physical, actual, material, and fully present in time.
Each of the 5 performers are meant to bring a Carpathian myth to the production, which we will research, explore, discuss, and exhaust during the creation period.

About the Artists

Jonah Bokaer
Jonah Bokaer (Choreography & Performance) has been creating dances for stage, museum, gallery, and outdoor spaces throughout the world since 2002. He is the author of 34 choreographies, ten videos, three motion capture works, three interactive installations, two mobile applications, and one film. His work has been produced throughout theaters in Belgium, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, the U.K., and the U.S.
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 the Asia Society Texas Center, MASS MoCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (Florida); the Musée d’Art Contemporain (Marseille, France); Carré d’Art (Nimes, France); La Ferme du Buisson (Marne-La-Vallée, France); Palazzo delle Arti (Napoli, Italy); IVAM (Valencia, Spain); Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen (St. Gallen, Switzerland); MUDAM Luxembourg; La Triennale di Milano; the PAMM | Pérez Art Museum Miami.
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). Between 2013-2015, Bokaer is among 10 United States artists to receive a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation “Building Audience Demand” Grant Award, in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology.
He worked with Merce Cunningham Dance Company between 2000-2007.

Soundwalk Collective
Soundwalk Collective is an international art collective based in Berlin and New York City. Since 2000, they have been “sonic nomads”, embarking on never ending journeys from the desolate land of Bessarabia, to the desert of Rub al Khali. By exploring and documenting the world’s sounds, the Collective abstracts and re-composes narrative sound pieces through fragments of reality, to form distinct audible journeysthrough choreographically specific geographies. Soundwalk’s live performances are diverse, and are often site and venue specific. They use a combination of custom-cut vinyl records with multiple turntables, tape machines, and laptop computers. Although sound and music are the primary forces in the live setting, video projection specific to each performance piece creates an environment that is inescapable and unique. Live performances can also be transformed into temporary or permanent installations. Aesthetic refinement and conceptual narrative is paired with a performative impulse, making Soundwalk Collective’s shows intimate and powerful. Created by Stephan Crasneanscki, who lives and works in New York, the Collective’s recent installations and performances were shown at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, MADRe Museum of Contemporary Art in Napoli, New Museum in New York, National Museum of Singapore NMS in Singapore, Abu Dhabi: Art, Talks and Senstions in Abu Dhabi, Mobile Art by Zaha Hadid in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and New York, EXIT Festival at Maison des Arts de Creteils in Paris, Villa de Noailles – Centre d’Art et de Culture Contemporain in Hyères, Gare Saint Saveur in Lille, Palacio Belmonte in Lisbon, KaZantip Republic, Florence Gould Hall in New York, ARMA 17 in Moscow, and Lille Fantastic in Lille. Soundwalk is comprised of four members, Stephan Crasneanscki from France, Dug Winningham from the USA, Simone Merli from Italy, and Kamran Sadeghi from Iran/USA.

Zoltán Grecsó
Grecsó is a freelancer dance artist and choreographer. In 2014, he got the Fülöp Viktor scholarship as a dance teacher and became the artist vice president of the Amateur Dance Union. He teaches at the University of Theatre and Film Arts since 2011. In the past 10 years he took part in nearly 60 production. He established his own improvisation studio in 2009, which is known as Willany Leó Improvisation Dance Theatre.

Evin Hadžialjević
Hadžialjević is a Slovenian dancer, performer, choreographer and dance teacher. In 2005, Hadžialjević graduated from Secondary school of Contemporary Dance in Ljubljana. In 2009, she graduated with honors from LABAN, London, and was titled Bachelor of Art in Dance.
She was a member of the international professional ensemble for contemporary dance in Slovenia, En Knap Group, established by choreographer Iztok Kovač. She has worked and collaborated with a variety of different artists including Jorge Crecis, Marijs Boulogne, Sinja Ožbolt, David Zambrano, Olga Pona, Iztok Kovač, Mateja Bučar, Francesco Scavetta.
She also (co)creates her own dance performances, and presents them at dance festivals in Solvenia and internationally. In 2009 she was awarded best performance for short solo »Albi« at the competition for young choreographers Opus 1 and had received the Živa Festival Award for most promissing female dancer.
She began collaborating with Jonah Bokaer in 2014, at the oaccasion of the creation of Other Myths, performed at the Luwdig Museum in Budapest and at the Museum for Contemporary Art in Zagreb.

Katharina Illnar
Katharina Illnar was born in Vienna (Austria) in 1995. From 2005 until 2010 she attended the Ballet School of the Vienna State Opera, where she participated in several performances such as: Nutcracker, Bajadere, the opening of the Vienna Opera Ball, as well as the New Year’s Concert in 2009. Since 2010 Illnar has been studying contemporary and classical dance at the Conservatory of Vienna, and will graduate in July 2015. Apart from the annual performances of the Conservatory, she has participated in Master Classes and Workshops with dancers from the “Forsythe Company”, “Les ballets C de la B”, the “Hofesh Shechter Company” and the “Ballet Preljocaj”. Illnar has been selected by Liz King to dance in “Underworlds” in Austria and Hungary. Illnar started working with Jonah Bokaer in May 2014 for “Other Myths” in both Budapest and Zagreb.

Karolina Šuša
Karolina Šuša is a performing artist from Croatia who has researched and performed in the fields of contemporary dance, acting, singing and aerial dance in Croatia and Europe. She has been a memeber of Croatian Freelance Artists’ Association since 2011. She has collaborated with various choreographers and directors on stage and screen (Bokaer, Schad, Kriefman, Georgieva, Chauchat, Kirby, Manojlović, Kotur, Vizek, Banich, Zanki, Valenta), as a performer and/or co-author. She has started developing as a choreographer as well, working on pieces for Croatian festivals and theatres (Croatian National Theatre in Varaždin in 2011).
She has recently been working with an independent collective of freelance artists (alongside Barbieri, Chelfi, Nevistić, Pavlović, Sakić, Šuša, Tomić) based in Zagreb. The collective combines dance, acting, improvisation and singing to produce their own work, questioning the hierarchies for shows by auditioning choreographers, which is a sole such practice in Croatia.
She has by now worked with Natalija Manojlović, Rajko Pavlić, Irma Omerzo, Vilim Matula and Pavle Heidler. She has started working with Jonah Bokaer in 2014.

Choreographer: Jonah Bokaer
Music: Soundwalk Collective
Performers: Szabolcs Pataki, Dávid Mikó, Katharina Illnar, Karolina Susa, Evin Hadzialjevic

This program is generously supported by an award from the Trust for Mutual Understanding, with additional support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, the Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center in New York, with production support by Chez Bushwick, and Lightbox. The work of Jonah Bokaer in New York City is also subsidized by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
Other Myths was created through a cooperation of Ludwig Múzeum of Budapest and Pro-Progressione (Hungary). The program was part of Beyond Front@: Bridging New Territories project supported by the European Commission.


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