Dear Friends, Family, Colleagues, Art Supporters/Warriors/Fiends,
I am excited and honored to be premiering my latest work Novatia Tryer, along with my talented collaborators, at Gibney Dance, October 27-29. HUGE THANKS to Craig Peterson, until recently, Director of Programs at Gibney (now Artistic Director at Abrons Art Center), and to my cohort of artistic warriors that ARE this work.
We're trying to raise funds to complete the budget for this project. In a time when the world, and those of us that make it, need(s) art as much as ever, we appreciate your support. In addition to the commission from Gibney Dance and creative residencies generously granted by Wilson College and Saugerties Dance Barn (Jillian Sweeney & Jeffrey Cranor), I am looking to raise an additional $3,000 to help offset the cost of paying the artists for their time and efforts. Below is a bit about the project and the performer/collaborators that bring Novatia Tryer to life.
Thank you for checking this out and for your consideration of making a contribution in this final stage of an almost two-year undertaking. Tickets are on sale now! We look forward to seeing you October 27-29 at Gibney Dance!
WHAT IS NOVATIA TRYER?
Novatia Tryer is a movement and sound based work for five performers. It began with its title, atypical for me, in that usually the name of a piece comes later as I begin to understand how the particular dance operates, what it speaks to, is in conversation with. But this worked in a different direction and the title came to me, at the outset, in a dream, just the words, without attached meaning, but with a strong suggestion that my work was to give these phonetic sounds their "meaning."
Novatia Tryer plays with the permeability of constructed boundaries of ‘inside' and 'outside.' It is a sensorial flight from the rational and the linear towards an associative mode of meaning-making. Though the piece is very much in conversation with the imagination and harnesses the subconscious as a mode of research, Novatia Tryer asks the performers and the audience to be with what is. Which is related to and perhaps better expressed by how it is or perhaps that it is.
This reminds me think of something one of my favorite poets, Mary Ruefle, wrote regarding her craft: When I write, I take into consideration…space, abyss, time, pulse and this encounter constitutes the other great struggle in life—that of the mind in consideration of mindlessness.
WHO AM I?
My name is Julie Mayo and I am an artist creating movement and sound-based performance works that value the intersection of the uncanny and the quotidian. Re-contextualizing daily experience through performance, I make works governed by the absurdity of the human condition, with a reverence for the entanglement of the comic and the tragic, the ordinary and the remarkable, and the individual and the collective. For me, performance is a medium disposed toward psychological complexity, felt experience, affective knowledge and an opportunity for performer and audience to consider ourselves, intimately, as the unnameable.
I have been making performance works in NYC since 2012, and before that I lived and worked in several cities including San Francisco, Chicago and my my hometown of Richmond, Virginia. In NYC, My work has been presented at New York Live Arts, JACK, Movement Research and Dixon Place, and nationally at Highways Performance Space (L.A.) Links Hall (Chicago) and NOHspace (S.F.). My work has been supported by creative residencies at the UCross Foundation, Djerassi Ranch, New York Live Arts and Wilson College.
In addition to my work as a director, I am a teacher. I have been an artist-in-residence/guest teacher at University of Wisconsin/Madison, University of Virginia, University of Nebraska, Wilson College, University of Maryland/College Park, University of Virginia, Columbia College, Broward Community College, Ohio University and in NYC at Gibney Dance, ClassClassClass and Brooklyn Studios for Dance.
ABOUT THE COLLABORATORS
Jessica Cook is a Brooklyn based artist originally from Durham, North Carolina. After graduating from the Dance Conservatory at SUNY Purchase in 2005, she appeared in the works of Noemie Lafrance, Hilary Easton & Company, Gallim Dance, and others. She soon found her niche creating sculpture/costume based work and dancing with artists involved with AUNTS, Movement Research, and Roulette Intermedium. Her most recent performances/collaborations include: Kim Brandt's Clear Night (Pioneer Works), Milka Djordjevich's Mass (The Kitchen, Showbox L.A. and American Realness Festival), and her own work at Spring Break Art Fair, Roulette's Lec/Dem series, and Troost.
Katie Dean is a designer, writer and performer. She has performed recently with artists including Phoebe Berglund, Xavier Cha, Shannon Hummel and Melanie McLain. In addition to her work in Novatia Tryer, she is in projects this fall with artists Kim Brandt, Sam Kim and Nadia Tykulsker.
Scott David Myers is a New York artist and performer. He writes and acts in short films with Meg Kelly Schroeder as the celebrated comedy duo, Hillers and Creekers.
Sarah Sandoval is an artist residing in Brooklyn, NY via San Francisco, CA. Her creative project PinkMother produces both live performance as well as dance for camera and has been presented at Counterpulse (SF), The Roxie Theater (SF), The Garage (SF), and Otion Front Studio (Brooklyn). Sarah graduated with a BA in Dance with a Certificate of Outstanding Performance and Choreography from San Francisco State University and has performed in Boulder, Brazil, New York and San Francisco for Paco Gomes and Dancers, Dance Ceres, The Anata Project as well as Catherine Galasso in conjunction with Andy DeGroat. Her performance work includes ODC’s Sandbox series with Laura Arrington as well as music videos directed by Mimi Cave for musicians Tune Yards and Jim James.
Noé Cuéllar is a composer currently based in Chicago. His focus is on creating sound and music with air using various bellowed, pneumatic, and reed instruments like pump organs, accordions, and shruti boxes. Since 2009 Noé has developed preparation techniques and compositions for pump organs, as poured into a collaborative nexus with sound artist Joseph Kramer as Coppice. Noé’s current interests include creating new electronic instruments using physical modelling synthesis based off his work with bellows and air, and composing music pertaining to the sonic illusions of artificial air and its musical intermittence.
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges of making artwork are manyfold and Novatia Tryer is no exception. Creating a new work is always a financial gamble, and the making in the studio—facilitating and sharing a process with others—is challenging. As it should be. Worlds are colliding. It is rich, rewarding, often revealing, though not easy.
Sometimes when I tell people what I do, they say "That must be fun," and I assume their sentiment comes from a place of regarding "dance" as a leisure activity. Creating movement-based performance has fun moments, but it is also facing the unknown, practically and artistically, head-on. In my way of working there is also a degree of vulnerability needed that everyday life may not necessitate. Cultivating an environment for this to be present in myself and my collaborators is a demanding undertaking.
But let's get real. As challenging as an artistic process can be, the most difficult obstacle is one that you can help us get past: how to continue making work in an environment/culture that sometimes misses the value of art/art-making/art-going!
Thank you for your support!
With heart and gratitude,
- (30 days)