Choreographer/Director: Beau Rhee, Performers: Jason Anastasoff, Rico Baumann, Chantal Chadwick, Lathan Hardy, Mara Mayer, Ella Misko, Kay Ottinger, James Williams Visuals: Barbara Anastacio, Emilie Lundstrom, Cave Collective
Baryshnikov Arts Center | 450 West 37th Street
ALL BLUES is an evening length colorist performance created by Beau Rhee and the Atelier de Geste company. The piece unfolds in various suites of blue gradients: with 4 dancers, live musicians, an assemblage of textile and colors form the backdrop set. A blue scent will be created specifically for the performance. The piece expresses the broad complexities of the color blue through movement, music, set and costumes, and olfactive elements.
Rhee began her inquiry into the color blue in 2013. Blue as an infinite experience, as a fundamental way in which we experience the world. She observed its transcendental potential: sacred or celestial, bold or banal. Working, courageous, depressed, elevated blue...
All Blues is a living kinesthetic collage, a total sensory environment, comprised of all of these blues. In rehearsals, movement was the primary language to drive expression. The choreography stems from vernacular gestures that link back to the color: a blues guitarists’ moans, a workers repetitive motions, geometries on celestial maps. Arms create geometric motifs that repeat and reinvent themselves. Each performer brings their own universe of movement and sound, creating a jazz-like troupe, where individual voices exchange in the score and through improvisation. The costumes & sets, as well as the olfactive elements, are designed to further express the artistic themes in visual and sensory media.
This rich assemblage of visual, aural and olfactive elements is the eco-system of Atelier de Geste, a dance company and design studio. Beau Rhee’s artistic practice stems from the notion that our daily movement forms the
rituals of living and choreographed movement are not so far off from each other. The act of putting on a shirt, or the movement of a shimmy, or the spritz of a perfume, all go back to humans living. They are movements that can be studied through choreography, textile, and so on.
Rhee’s practice is influenced heavily by the “colorists” Yves Klein and Sonia Delaunay. Color and living geometries as basic building blocks for her oeuvre. The tanz-theatre of Pina Bausch & the narrative yet abstract assemblage of Bill T Jones (under whom she apprenticed) informs her choreography. Her work has been shown at venues X-Initiative/DIA, Musée d’art et d’histoire, Musée Ariana, la Maison Blanche de le Corbusier, Kunsthaus Baselland.
Baryshnikov Arts Center
Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM