Performing Arts: Half-Mythical, Half-Legendary Americanism

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Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 4:00am to 5:00am

Performing Arts: Half-Mythical, Half-Legendary Americanism

EnlargeHalf-Mythical, Half-Legendary Americanism

Performa, Friends of the High Line, and the Times Square Alliance present half-mythical, half-legendary Americanism, an original dance-theater work by Tyler Ashley and the SARAHS that explores the world of 18th century mass sports demonstrations and 1920s Russian Constructivism through the lens of a Jane Fonda workout video. Jane Fonda meets Rodchenko in this interactive exploration into the world of Stepanova style, Meyerhold Biomechanics, and 19th century Eastern massive sports demonstrations. With explosive movement, live music, and audience interaction, Ashley and the SARAHS probe Constructivist preaching and design.

The performance begins on the High Line, in the Chelsea Market Passage near West 16th Street, and moves south to The Standard, New York near Little West 12th Street. In case of rain, the performance will be held on Sunday, November 13, 12:00 PM.

This High Line Program is free and open to visitors of all ages. No RSVP required.

Can't make this performance?
Ashley and the SARAHS will perform again on the High Line on Monday, November 14, and in Times Square on Saturday, November 5.

Featuring Ethan Baldwin, Hooba Booba, Sarah Donnelly, Zoe Farmingdale, Sarah Holcman, Benjamin Kimitch, Caca Macedo, Rakia Seaborn, Kris Seto, Ashley Walters, and Theodor Wilson.

Music and Sound by Theodor Wilson.

Costumes by Alyssa Tang and Sole Salvo. Inspired by Stepanova.

New York-based artist Tyler Ashley (b. 1985, Canton, New York) creates theatrically charged atmospheres ans sweat-provoking movement, engaging his audience in a mediated self-discovery. Ashley has had the pleasure of working with Mickael Ingle, Rakia Seaborn, and Enrico Way. Most recently, he has performed for Walter Dundervill, Larissa Velez-Jackson, and STREB. His own work has been presented at Columbia University, New York (2010); Dixon Place, New York (2010); AUNTS, New York (2011); and Movement Research, New York (2011).

Performa 11, the fourth edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, will be held in New York City from November 1-21, 2011. The three-week biennial will showcase new work by more than 100 of the most exciting artisits working today, in an innovative program breaking down the boundaries between visual art, music, dance, poetry, fashion, architecture, graphic design, and the culinary arts. Presented in collaboration with a consortium of more than 50 arts institutions and 25 curators as well as a network of public spaces and private venues across the city, Performa 11 will ignite New York City with energy and ideas, acting as a vital "think tank" linking minds across the five boroughs and bringing audiences together for a brilliant new performances in all disciplines.

This High Line Program is presented in partnership with Performa 11, Friends of the High Line, and the Time Square Alliance. Performances on the High Line are generously supported by The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation.