*** This event is NOT AT PIETER!! It will happen on James Kidd’s Gold Stage at the Hammer**
“2125 Stanley Street”
In a work currently entitled “2125 Stanley Street”, choreographer Dahlia Nayar joins Queens- based artists Margaret Paek (dancer), Loren Kiyoshi Dempster (cellist and composer in exploring notions of home. The project is a deeply personal investigation of cross cultural belonging and not belonging, and the beauty and challenge of creating a habitat or multiple habitats scattered around the globe in contemporary society. Using minimal domestic objects and tasks (socks, clotheslines, pots and pans) and an evocative soundscape, we attempt to reconstruct or re-imagine a poetic consciousness with a focus on intimate exchange within the realm of the domestic. Ultimately, we aim to invite the audience into a home that is constructed primarily through movement and sound, a home that is both familiar and yet cannot exactly be located. www.dahlianayar.com
Dahlia Nayar is a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer born outside of Chicago to immigrant parents from India and the Philippines. She was a National Dance Project Regional Dance Lab artist in 2007. From 2008-2010, she received the Jacob Javits Fellowship during which time she received her MFA in Dance/Choreography from Hollins University. Her works have recently been selected for the Venice Biennale/Danza Venezia Showcase for Emerging Choreographers, the Performatica Festival in Puebla, Mexico, the 2010 Metro Dance/DC awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center, Dance Place in Washington DC, the 2012 Next Stage Dance Residency at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh, and the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY. She is 2012-2013 Vermont Performance Lab Artist during which time she developed project “2125 Stanley Street” with collaborators Margaret Paek and Loren Kiyoshi Dempster.
Margaret Paek is dedicated to collaboration and sees dance as a life practice. She is a Lower Left collective artist (www.lowerleft.org) and is deeply influenced by her relationships with contact improvisation, Ensemble Thinking, Alexander Technique, Barbara Dilley, Nina Martin, Shelley Senter, Dahlia Nayar, Loren Dempster and their daughter. In NYC, Margaret teaches for Movement Research and Manhattanville College, and her work has been presented at the Whitney Museum Biennial 2012, Judson Church, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, and Joyce SoHo.www.margaretpaek.com
Loren Kiyoshi Dempster uses a combination of computer, electronics, cello and extended techniques to create and perform music. An active chamber musician, composer, and improviser he performs with the Dan Joseph Ensemble, Trio Triticali, and Left Hand Path among many others. Ever interested in the relationship of movement and sound, he has recently performed for choreographers and collaborators Harrison Atelier, Jonah Bokaer, Merce Cunningham, Chris Ferris, Dahlia Nayer, Margaret Paek, and projectLIMB.