¬ Moriah Evans
R_M__NS P_RS_ST is a durational performance that uses expansive ideas of embodiment to explore and excavate our internal, imperceptible, and at times immaterial remains. What constitutes remains is a primary question of the work. Remains might include: historical and personal relics; remaining pieces after others have been used or destroyed; physiological residues of traumas and pleasures; bodies within bodies (and more!). By accessing and naming the remains within a performer, R_M__NS P_RS_ST uses choreographic scores as prompts to explore how language can make use of dance to reveal the unseen remains within bodies, societies, and institutions. Contemporary epigeneticists argue that physical and psychological transformation, as well as inherited forms of transgenerational memory, are stored within the body. R_M__NS P_RS_ST seeks to transform these seemingly random and accumulated bodily histories into corporeal forces, movements, and utterances. Performers utilize their varied remains and differences–informed by socio-economic background, sexual identity, ideological beliefs, citizenship, verbal and physical fluencies, and more–as energetic and generative resources to strip away, accentuate, and reconfigure these markers of identity, to break down the everyday performance of subjectivity, and bring forth concealed realities within bodies and spaces. R_M__NS P_RS_ST explores the potential within us to re-script how bodies occupy themselves, the stage and the world.
w/ Cyril Baldy, Moriah Evans, Lizzie Feidelson
Moriah Evans works on and through forms of dance and performance. Her choreographies navigate utopic/dystopic potentials within choreography/dance/body, often approaching dance as a fleshy, matriarchal form slipping between minimalism-excess. She initiated “The Bureau for the Future of Choreography,” a collective apparatus, to create research processes and practices to investigate participatory performances and systems of choreography in 2011. Evans is a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow. She was an artist-in-residence at Movement Research, The New Museum, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Issue Project Room, Studio Series at Νew York Live Arts, ImPulsTanz, MoMA/PS1, MANA Contemporary, Onassis AiR, MacDowell.
She was editor-in-chief of the Movement Research Performance Journal 2013-2020, curatorial advisor for the Tanzkongress 2019, co-artistic direction and editor of 2019.tanzkongress.de/salons (2019), and co-curator of Dance and Process (The Kitchen 2016-present). Her choreographic work has been presented by The Kitchen, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, SculptureCenter, Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, Pace Live Danspace Project, Issue Project Room, Movement Research at Judson Church, American Realness, FD-13 (Minneapolis), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Theatre de l’Usine (Geneva), CDC Atelier de Paris (Paris), Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai).