Curated by Dylan Crossman, co-produced by Dylan Crossman (NYC) and Cathy Fairbanks (L.A.), presented by Pieter Space, this evening features original works by four artists who are pushing the boundaries of collaboration as well as a tribute to American genius Merce Cunningham, furthering the artistic conversation between East Coast and West Coast.
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Cunningham Centennial Solos : PIETER **
Choreography : Merce Cunningham
Performance : Katherine Helen Fisher + surprise guests
Arranged by : Dylan Crossman
Music : John King, 100tone-candles
Costumes designed and built by : Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung
Darren Kinoshita presents a unique work that comments on the ever-growing anonymity that technological barriers provide and the isolation that is one inevitable by-product of such anonymity.
*this program contains nudity
Crossman Dans(c)e looks at the beauty in vulnerability and the humanity in formalism.
Jamais Plus is about oppression and resistance, how we fight to survive and how we love along the way.
Choreography and performance : Dylan Crossman
Costume design : Dylan Crossman and Hubert Lafore
Original score : Jesse Stiles with Pauline Kim
The complete work was originally commissioned by The Harkness Dance Festival 2019, in New York City.
Linear Sympathy, Katherine Helen Fisher’s latest work, is a dance and new media/immersive performance piece, which features a moving camera, a photographer, live music and solo phrase work for LADP dancer Patricia Zhou (@patricia_zhou).
Director: Katherine Helen Fisher
Dancer: Patricia Zhou
Composer: Joshua Kadish
Artist Catherine Fairbanks and former Merce Cunningham Dance Company member Dylan Crossman collaborate to create “Chimney Dances,” based on a series of drawings of chimneys by Fairbanks. The dance is not solely a translation of the drawings nor are the drawings an instruction for the dance. A conversation between sculpture and dance, this piece is choreographed to be non-site specific, a transformation of permanence into impermanence.
Drawings : Catherine Fairbanks
Choreography : Dylan Crossman
Costume design : Catherine Fairbanks
*the title of the evening is a reference to Lawrence Weiner’s work its & Pieces Put Together to Present a Semblance of a Whole, 1991
** Cunningham Centennial Solos : PIETER program is presented, courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust. Choreography by Merce Cunningham (c) Merce Cunningham Trust. All rights reserved.
Dylan Crossman grew up in France and graduated from The Laban Center, in London. He was in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company during the Legacy Tour (2009- 2011) and is now a stager for the Cunningham Trust. A freelance performer and a two-time Bessie recipient, Dylan works with Kimberly Bartosik, Ryan McNamara, Sally Silvers, Amber Sloan, Pam Tanowitz, and Megan Williams. He loves sharing Merce’s teachings, whenever and however he can. Dylan’s company, Crossman Dans(c)e, looks at humanity in formalism and has been called “compellingly poetic” by The New York Times. Dylan recently made his curatorial debut with a Works & Process at the Guggenheim and a mixed bill at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), both celebrating Merce’s life, work and legacy. This is the first time Crossman Dans(c)e is performing work on the West Coast. dylancrossman.org
Catherine Fairbanks is an artist and nurse living and working in Los Angeles. Her work looks towards a set of questions about empathy and its qualities and limits as a contemporary construct, and relates to sculpture even as it is presented through time-based media. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010 and has since attended national and international residencies, including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the National Textile Institute in Iceland, where in 2014 she produced her solo exhibition Empathomimesis, and in 2017 the Wool Factory in Barcelona. In the spring of 2020 she will be a visiting artist in the Ceramics department at Long Beach City College and in the summer she will return to the National Textile Institute in Iceland. She has received critical acclaim in Artforum, der Freitag, Carla, and Artillery.
Katherine Helen Fisher is a filmmaker, director, producer, choreographer and performer.
She founded Los Angeles-based Safety Third Productions, a media company specializing in movement-based digital content and experiential new media design.
Katherine was a long-standing member of The Lucinda Childs Dance Company with whom she performed as an ensemble member of the Philip Glass opera Einstein On The Beach directed by Robert Wilson. She has also performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, MOMIX, ODC San Francisco and the Merce Cunningham Trust among others.
She has movement directed music videos for Radiohead and Rufus Wainwright, as well as branded content for Hermès, Microsoft, Biotherm, Nonesuch and XL Recordings. Her work has been featured by the New York Times, the Smithsonian, Georgia Tech, the Palm Springs Art Museum, La Menagerie de Verre in Paris, Danspace Project, Judson Church, Art Basil Switzerland, The Hammer Museum and LA Dance Project.
She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Darren Kinoshita dropped out of UC Berkeley in 2003 and began performing as Cory Koons in 2004, when he became one of the first visibly Asian mainstream gay porn stars. Upon moving to New York, he worked in the fashion industry as a stylist and editor, as well as becoming a fixture in the New York downtown nightlife scene. He has worked with many artists, including Xavier Cha, and has a decade-plus friendship with Paul Sepuya as a model and in-house stylist for editorial shoots, including a cover story for Vogue Ukraine. Now based in Los Angeles, his writing will soon appear in Brontez Purnell’s soon-to-be-relaunched FAG SCHOOL, and he is working on a memoirs to be turned into a screenplay to be turned into a Netflix Comedy Special.