This week at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Kyle Abraham (2013 Performing Arts) performs with renowned ballet dancer Wendy Whelan in the world premiere of Restless Creature, a project initiated by Whelan in collaboration with four male choreographers. Restless Creature is a suite of four duets, each with its own distinct style and artistry, created by and danced with Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo. Following the premiere at Jacob’s Pillow (August 14-18), the work will tour in Spring 2014 to nine cities, including New York, London and Boston.
Jacob’s Pillow created this video to give some insight into Abraham and Whelan’s process in the creation of this new dance, entitled The Serpent and the Smoke. Whelan, who has danced with the New York City Ballet for 29 years, initiated this project to work with choreographers outside of the ballet world and expand her practice. She writes, “I have a lot of energy, curiosity and desire that I want to keep exploring.”
Shih Chieh Huang, Seductive Evolution of Animated Illumination, 2013
The art world has gotten used to managing their calendars around the Venice Biennale every two years. In 2009, a collateral event was added to the offerings. In an effort to connect the history of Venetian glass production to the slew of contemporary art enthusiasts coming to town, Glasstress was formed. Seeking to illuminate the “…limitless possibilities inherent in glass,” organizers invited leading contemporary artists to collaborate with Murano glass blowers to create new work. Artists in 2009 and 2011 included Mona Hatoum, Chen Zhen, Fred Wilson, Dan Graham, Tony Oursler, Kiki Smith, Vik Muniz and Monica Bonvicini.
The 2013 iteration of Glasstress includes new work by Shih Chieh Huang (2009 Emerging Fields). Huang combined his process of making sculptures with household materials, animated by using original computer algorithims, with the traditional Venetian chandelier. The result connects Huang’s interest in technology and commercial culture with the great history of design from the islands of Murano. Continue reading
We were so thrilled to hear that Ben Marcus (2009 Literature) is collaborating with fellow grantee Erin Cosgrove (2008 Film/Video) on an animated book trailer for his Creative Capital-supported project, The Flame Alphabet. Ben wrote to us, “The book trailer is going to be an exciting piece of art in its own right—Erin does amazing work, and in some sense this piece will also stand on its own as part of her oeuvre.”
The Flame Alphabet will be published in January by Knopf. In Library Journal‘s advance review of The Flame Alphabet, Barbara Hoffert writes:
Fierce, scary, hurtful, unsettling, and brilliant, this new work by award-winning novelist Marcus (Notable American Women) reminds us that language is dangerous and that we’ll do anything to protect our children, even when they are (literally) killing us. In the world imagined here, a terrible epidemic has descended: whenever children speak, adults sicken and eventually die. At first, only Jewish families are stricken, stirring echoes of history’s uglier sentiments. But soon every adult is affected. Continue reading