THE AWARD: NYC

THE AWARD
a mentoring initiative for experimental dance and performance in New York City
congratulates our inaugural 2014-15 recipients:

REBECCA PATEK   &    JEN ROSENBLIT

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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.
www.rebeccapatek.com

Mentoring Artist: John Kelly

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.
bottomheavies.blogspot.com

Mentoring Artist: Neil Greenberg