Maria Hassabi: PLASTIC (2015-16), Installation view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, January 31–March 1, 2015. Courtesy the artist; Koenig & Clinton, New York; The Breeder, Athens. Photo credit, Thomas Poravas.
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and The University of the Arts School of Dance present scholar and writer Jenn Joy and choreographer and dancer Maria Hassabi in conversation on March 27. As part of the University of the Arts' Knowing Dance More series, the event will begin with an introduction to the Center's latest publication, The Sentient Archive: Bodies, Performance, and Memory, from Linda Caruso Haviland, professor of dance at Bryn Mawr College and co-editor of the book. Joy and Hassabi will follow with a discussion of the interplay between dancing and discursive practices.
Looking to Hassabi's performative diptych STAGING and STAGED?, Hassabi and Joy speak to the tremulous intensities of dance as a labor of deceleration and perception. Through the occupation of the gallery and theater, Hassabi’s work ruptures expectations of theatricality and abstraction, revealing a looping structure of virtuosic attention. How does choreography render the imperceptible, the atmospheric, or the forgotten?
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.
About the Book
The Sentient Archive illustrates how the body serves as a repository for knowledge and gathers essays from artists and cultural practitioners in dance, architecture, science, and the visual arts, such as Jenn Joy, Bebe Miller, and André Lepecki. Joy’s contribution to the publication, "Tremulous Histories," engages with philosopher Walter Benjamin's account of history and archive to consider the work of three movement artists, including Hassabi. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.
About the Series
Curated by Lauren Bakst and presented by The University of the Arts School of Dance, Knowing Dance More is a series of lectures, conversations, and informal showings led by visiting artists and scholars in the international field of dance. Recent speakers in the series include Thomas DeFrantz, Isabel Lewis, and Ralph Lemon. Visit the Knowing Dance More website for additional spring events.