Alexa West, Tyler Berrier and Erin Morris, 2017

Alexa West, Tyler Berrier and Erin Morris, 2017

YOU MOVE ME

December 17th, 2017, 7pm – 8:30pm

Dages Juvelier Keates

Alexa West  

YOU MOVE ME is an evening of performances dedicated to movement curated for TWOFORTY by Natasha Marie Llorens. The faux velour inflatable couch with inset cup holders makes so many decisions for the body. Alexa West wants to know what is left for movement to discover. It is so difficult to find another body in time anew, ungoverned by projection and structural violence. Dages Juvelier Keates asks what the role of language is in attenuating that difficulty. YOU MOVE ME signals no virtue with movement, but understands it as a way to think about what is happening to us now, which is not the same as structural analysis because the body is excessive of that kind of thought, constitutively. *

The movement Alexa West proposes for and with Tyler Berrier and Erin Morris begins thusly:

A FULLY INFLATED, INFLATABLE COUCH SITS IN THE CENTER OF THE ROOM

THE COUCH’S ARMS EACH HAVE A CUP HOLDER.

THE LEFT CUP HOLDER HOLDS A STYROFOAM CUP FILLED WITH LIQUID, TOPPED WITH A LID BYPASSED BY AN ALUMINUM STRAW.

THE RIGHT CUP HOLDER IS EMPTY.

TALK RADIO IS AUDIBLE.

Dages Juvelier Keates and Alexis Steeves propose a conversation between two dancers who are relaxing open, listening, articulating what Rosalind Crisp calls “news from the body.” Words are important. Language congealed from Keates and Steeves’ combined seventy years of studio practice form a layer of contact, a sediment in the space we all inhabit. They will explore the possibilities of intimacy with each other, with observers, and with various affective, socio-bio bodies as they respond, relax, and refine their attention to the surfaces and scale of skin and gaze. Sound design by Joshua Dumas.

Dages Juvelier Keates, unfold into, 2016. Photo: Karla Carballar

Dages Juvelier Keates, unfold into, 2016. Photo: Karla Carballar

Alexa West is an artist based in the New York area. West is recent graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art. Prior to her undergraduate studies, West trained at the Martha Graham School in New York City. She has exhibited work at Silos on Sawyer in Houston as well as Otion Front and Cooper Union in New York. West works in between sculpture, object, performance and dance.

Dages Juvelier Keates is a dance artist based in New York. Her work seeks to decolonize “the body” as a re/productive site of heteronormative domesticity. Her projects have recently been presented by Art Helix, CPR, Glasshouse, Dixon Place, and Triskelion Arts. Recent residencies and awards include 3LD, chashama, Marble House Project, The Watermill Center, and The Stable. Keates has a B.A from Bard College and M.A. from NYU.

TWOFORTY is a loft project space founded by Amanda Turner Pohan.

Natasha Marie Llorens is an independent curator and writer based between Marseille and New York. 

 

* NML would like to thank Al Freeman for the term ‘virtue signaling’