a mentoring initiative for experimental dance and performance in New York City
congratulates our inaugural 2014-15 recipients:
REBECCA PATEK & JEN ROSENBLIT
Rebecca Patek creates work that synthesizes dance, theatre and comedy. Her work has been presented at The Museum of Arts and Design, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Festival TBD: Emergency Glitter at Abrons Art Center, Dance Theater Workshop, 92nd Street Y, Movement Research at Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange and several theaters and galleries outside of NYC.
I am interested in reclaiming elements of performance that are considered wrong, awkward, uncomfortable, overlooked and that are frequently dismissed. Using satire I incorporate the marginalized facets of performance, making them the central focus of the work. The un-choreographed events in the performance environment: inter-relational dynamics both onstage and between performer and audience, power dynamics, emotional subtext, things that are felt but not publicly acknowledged. I am interested in discomfort and embarrassment of the performer. Situations onstage which create an emotional conflict that is funny and absurd, but also frightening or disturbing.
Jen Rosenblit has been making dances in New York City since 2005, presenting her work at Dance Theatre Workshop as a Fresh Tracks Artist, Danspace Project, Issue Project Room and venues outside of NYC. She has worked extensively with performer, Addys Gonzalez, and is a recipient of the 2012 Grant to Artists from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts and a 2013 Fellow at Insel Hombroich in Germany.
I am cultivating a dedication to making dances that navigates aesthetic and locates a somatic multiplicity of form. I relate to fleeting tragedies and bizarre humor and am committed to an emphasis on sensation and experience as a conversation generated from the body. My work calls for weathered bodies whose weight and complex identities render an explicit nature, a subtle attention toward desire. I am concerned with choreographic thought and this is where I foster an improvisation practice. Improvisation has been a space to ask questions, interact with other thinkers and teach ideas that surround my work. I am very much interested in the happening and solidifying of choreography on stage with bodies, however, the somatic thought process is what drives my research. I am interested in structure as a non-fixed architecture, queered, unknown and unannounced until it resonates.
Mentoring Artist: Neil Greenberg