Still Life No. 7

Guest Performance Residency with Jenny Stulberg & Lauren Simpson
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JAN 25-26 @ 8PM
JAN 27 @ 2PM & 8PM
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THE OPEN SPACE (UM's PARTV Bldg, 005)
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San Francisco-based Jenny Stulberg & Lauren Simpson share a language of movement where body meets art, life and abstraction head on. Inventive and precise, Simpson/Stulberg Collaborations signature style, characterized by speed, attention to detail, and careful composition, expands in an evening-length duet holding a microscope (or perhaps a kaleidoscope) up to the human experience in today’s world. 
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About the work: Still Life No. 7 is a dance which asks fundamental questions about hope and humanity. The seventh work in our Still Life series, it explores silence and sound, reveal and conceal, ephemerality and permanence, stillness and action. The roots of this work begin like all our Still Life Dances, with a still life painting. Drawing on techniques and compositional elements found in the late nineteenth century trompe l'oiel "Job Lot Cheap" by American artist John Frederick Peto, we gleaned the basic elements for this dance. It is in no way about the painting, or a comment on it. Instead, these century old paintings serve as a guide for our contemporary creative process. We believe we share an affinity with these still life painters and their pursuit of precision, clarity in composition, and craftsmanship in their artwork. They have taught us how to make a more intentional and specific kind of dance.