Hana van der Kolk’s Still Point consists of six intertwining solos, examinations of stillness through movement and portraits of the performers themselves. The work is inspired by and features excerpts from T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, including “At the still point of the turning world neither flesh nor fleshless, neither from nor towards, at the still point, there the dance is.” Through minimal movement passages across space, chaotic physical feats, and the portrayal of an unlikely and endearing character, Still Point offers a variety of takes on presence, stillness, paradox and impermanence.
Housed in a former factory in downtown Los Angeles, Five Thirty Three is a gallery as well as a studio shared by sixteen visual artists and architects. The industrial setting of Five Thirty Three places the sparseness of Still Point against the backdrop of enormous windows, revealing the activity of the city. Lighting designer Carol McDowell creates a minimal lighting plot that encases Still Point in the skeleton of a theater, enhancing the magic of performance, while simultaneously highlighting the industrial nature of the space and the activities that normally happen “behind the scenes”: people operating technical equipment, changing costumes, and stretching. Performers Justin Streichman and Harmony Bench were integral to the development of the work and join choreographer Hana van der Kolk in the performance. Composer and violist Cassia Streb’s original score integrates the ambient noises already present in the warehouse environment, and she joins the cast, her live accompaniment incorporated into the overall choreography.
Performances will take place on January 23 and 24, 2009 at 8:30pm at Five Thirty Three, 533 Los Angeles St. (between 5th and 6th Streets), 2nd Floor. Parking is available on the street or in nearby lots on Los Angeles Street. There will be a suggested donation of $15 at the door. No reservations are necessary.
Hana van der Kolk is a Los Angeles-based artist, whose choreographic projects combine elements of conceptual practice with the techniques of postmodern choreography and take place in a wide range of sites, including the stage, studios and galleries, in writing, on film, and in outdoor, public spaces. She is highly influenced by her long-time engagement with the work of legendary post-modern choreographer Deborah Hay, whose solos she has been learning and adapting since 2000. Most recently van der Kolk has collaborated on projects with Jesse Aron Green, Emily Mast, Adam Overton, My Barbarian, Robby Herbst, and Carolina San Juan. She holds an MFA in choreography from UCLA and is the recipient of grants from the UC Institute for Research in the Arts, the Forti Family Scholarship, and the Puffin Foundation. You can learn more about her May 2007 site-specific performance/participatory event at http://www.interimuses.org, and about the intensive practice-based, inter-disciplinary artist’s residency that she directs at http://www.genesisprojectla.org.
Choreographer: Hana van der Kolk
Dancers: Justin Streichman, Harmony Bench and Hana van der Kolk
Composer/Violist: Cassia Streb
Lighting Designer: Carol McDowell
Text: T.S. Eliot