Live Ideas: Beth Gill’s Portrait Study + Laurie Anderson and Deborah Hay
Live Ideas 2015 has commissioned New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award winning choreographer Beth Gill to create a performance event. Known for “entirely engrossing” and “precise choreography [that] reveals painterly dimensions” (The New York Times), Gill’s original work for Live Ideas layers live dance and sound against a field of shifting color and hue created by lighting designer Thomas Dunn. Gill has gathered together a cross-section of celebrated New York City dance artists—including but not limited to Neal Beasley, Eleanor Hullihan, John Jasperse, Jodi Melnick, Stuart Singer, David Thomson, Meg Weeks and Emily Wexler—to perform short autobiographical solos that collect in the space over the course of the hour. This ongoing installation is highlighted by moments of live music performed by Eliot Krimsky and Ryan Seaton.
The second half of the evening will give Live Arts’ audience an opportunity to witness Laurie Anderson and Deborah Hay in the early stages of their collaboration. The two prolific artists are collaborating to create Figure A Sea, a new evening-length work for the Cullberg Ballet, which will premiere in Stockholm from September 25-27, 2015.