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MOMA Commissions Six Choreographers for Dance Series “Some Sweet Day”

August 26, 2012

Steve Paxton. Satisfyin Lover. Performed at the Whitney Museum, April 20, 1971. Performers Jeffrey Lew, Al Loving, Richard Nonas, Nancy Green. Photograph by Peter Moore © Estate of Peter Moore / VAGA, NYC

“Some sweet day”

October 15–November 4, 2012

The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor

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“Some sweet day” is a three-week program of dance performances in the Museum’s Marron Atrium by contemporary choreographers. The series, which pairs six internationally renowned choreographers engaged in an intergenerational and cross-cultural dialogue about each other’s work, demonstrates how the current state of dance can engage with a variety of subjects such as aesthetics, gender, race, and history. Concurrently—by putting a focus on moving bodies in an institution that traditionally showcases static objects—“Some sweet day” argues for the extended potentials and possibilities of the museum space.

Jérôme Bel. The Show Must Go On. 2001. Photo © Mussacchio Laniello

The program opens with two works from the 1960s by Steve Paxton, founding member of New York’s Judson Dance Theatre, paired with French conceptual choreographer Jérôme Bel’s The Show Must Go On” (2001)—a work that is, in many respects, a response to Paxton’s works. Over the following week, the Atrium will come alive with new commissions by Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula and American experimentalist Dean Moss, with staging by visual artist Laylah Ali. Additionally, the week includes a two-day performance by American artist Kevin Beasley, who created a sound-based work that evokes and alters the social, emotional, and political contours of hip-hop. The final week features a pairing of Judson Church founding member Deborah Hay and Sarah Michelson in an intergenerational conversation on movement, space, and time.

Deborah Hay. No Time To Fly. 2010. Copyright Rino Pizzi

Each Saturday, we invite you to join series artists and curators for a response in the Marron Atrium. Each conversation will be led by different respondents, among them Daphne A. Brooks (Princeton University), Douglas Crimp (University of Rochester), and Brent Hayes Edwards (Columbia University).

Sarah Michelson. Devotion, Study #1. With Nicole Mannarino. Photo by Paula Court

Organized by Ralph Lemon, guest curator and choreographer, with Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, MoMA PS1, and Jill ASamuels, Producer, Department of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art. Presented as part of MoMA’s ongoing Performance Program, organized by Sabine Breitwieser, Chief Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art.

Some sweet day is made possible by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

Additional funding is provided by The Modern Women’s Fund.

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