Performance Space New York presents COMPRESSION, a new work by Niall Jones, presented as an installation from October 24-30 and a series of performances from October 24-28.
COMPRESSION dis/assembles the Neilma Sidney Theater (150 1st Ave. 4th floor), establishing the theater as a mutable site, subject to continual transformation and disruption. Over five performances (October 24-28), Jones serves up choreographic dis/composition.
“I work with obsessions and curiosities surrounding the structures and ontologies of concerts, theatre, choreography and nightlife. The flight, merging and convergence of forms into something else, and how that could be linked to memory and the visible and invisible influences carried inside the body How a performer can emerge from and become part of a mass The wavering nature of gender: how forms have limits they reach before switching to something else, and locating the erotic and transformative potential within that.”
In COMPRESSION, Jones works with the presence of light, sound, architecture and crowd – the matter and material of theaters and nightclubs. The theater, imagined as a polymorphic and itinerant space, will be equipped with lighting and amplification equipment responding to attendance, movement and presence. Abstract personal images of family and past choreographic projects are disorganized and installed throughout the room to evoke a gallery of ghosts which, like memory, appear and disappear in the architectures of the theatre.
Niall Jones (b. 1984 in Richmond, Virginia) is an artist working and living in New York. Niall builds, inhabits and explores theater as a mode and place of instabilities. Niall received a Bessie Award nomination for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer in 2017, and more recently, a 2021 Grants-To-Artists Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Art.
His recent works include: anunreal at the Shed (2022), Dark de Luxe at JACK (2022), In the Efforts of Time at the Fine Art Academy of Stuttgart (2022), A Work for Others at The Kitchen OnScreen (2021); Low Fade Fantasies at The Chocolate Factory, New York (2019); Sis Minor: The Preliminary Studies at Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Germany (2018); Sis Minor, in the fall at the Abrons Arts Center, New York (2018); Splendor #3 at Gibney Dance, New York (2017).
Niall earned a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He teaches at the University of the Arts School of Dance in Philadelphia, where he is also producer and co-curator of The School for Temporary Liveness (Vol. 1 & 2).
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