Souvenir on Governors Island

Anna and Kenneth

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC, is pleased to host Rachel Tess for a residency to develop her project Souvenir at St. Cornelius Chapel at Governors Island.

Tess’ Souvenir is a project that investigates the relationships between architecture and choreography and choreographer and audience. The work more specifically explores the concept of a mobile architecture versus pre-existing institutional structures and how this design may impact the making and viewing of performance. In Souvenir, audiences are intended to explicitly experience the space, frame, bodies, and movement as simultaneously separate, related, and interactive elements.

During Tess’ 2014 residency, audiences will have access to both the studio process through Open Studios featuring in-process showings, and the design process through Open Hours for Souvenir Dialogue a small exhibition of documentation and ephemera related to the project.

Souvenir is co-commissioned by LMCC and BAC, with generous support provided by Princess Grace Foundation-USA.

Souvenir was developed, in part, during a Princess Grace Foundation-USA Work-in-Progress Residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center. Souvenir at LMCC in September, 2014 is made possible with a stipend for International projects from the Swedish Arts Council. Souvenir is also made possible by the generous supporters of Rachel Tess Dance (501c3 non-profit). Exhibition materials for Souvenir are on loan from the Wanås Foundation in Sweden. Accommodations provided by the Millenium Hilton.

Choreography and conception by Rachel Tess
Performers: Kenneth Bruun Carlson and Anna Pehrsson
Lighting design: Michael Mazzola
Re-design of Souvenir II: Opsis Architecture
Design: Gian Monti
Lead carpenters: Tim Sampson and Mark Morton

Additional Exhibition times and showings are as follows:

-Sunday, Sept. 21st 12-4pm exhibition open,
4pm showing (ca. 60 min.)

-Tuesday, Sept. 23rd 12-4pm exhibition open,
4pm showing (ca. 60 min.)

-Wednesday, Sept. 24th 12-4pm exhibition open

-Thursday, Sept. 25th 12-4pm exhibition open,
4pm showing (ca 60 min.)

-Friday, Sept. 26th 12-4pm exhibition open

-Saturday, Sept. 27th 12-4pm exhibition open,
4pm showing (ca. 60 min.)

-Sunday, Sept. 28th 12-4pm exhibition open,
4pm showing (ca. 60 min.)

All showings are free to the public

photo by MIchael Mazzola
photo by MIchael Mazzola

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