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Sun, Apr 02


Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art


Join us for our latest devised piece at the Dorsky Museum!

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Time & Location

Apr 02, 2023, 3:00 PM EDT

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, 1 Hawk Dr, New Paltz, NY 12561, USA

About The Event

Performing Art is a highly-collaborative, annual project that brings together a diverse ensemble of creators to explore the relationship between visual and performing art.   This year's production is inspired by the exhibit Homespun, curated by Karlyn Benson. Featuring a range of approaches to textile art, Homespun explores how Hudson Valley artists are reinterpreting traditional crafts and “women’s work” in new and surprising ways.

Performing Art is directed by Liz Dahmen and Eric Michael Pearson and features

Christine Kelly

Daniel Karp-Chester

Eric Feeney

Kate Walters

Katie Whitmire

Lex Powell

Nina Scibelli

Paige Dillon

Stage Manager: Hannah Karp-Chester

Digital Media Intern: Megyn Sperry

Additional content support: Kiana Duggan-Haas and Ashlie Morrison

Director's Note:

We devised this performance over four consecutive Sunday rehearsals. What you are about to see was inspired by the work currently displayed in this gallery. In the same way that many artworks here result from stitching together meaningful pieces to create a new whole, our production is also a woven-together piece of art.

Our process has embraced some of the themes in this exhibit, including using textiles to divide and control space, finding beauty in the mundane, leaning into abstraction, and resisting the pressure to be overt and definable.

Making theater in a museum challenges us as creators and you as spectators to re-examine our definitions of what a play can be. It also allows us to see the gallery environment as a dynamic space, where inanimate objects come alive as they interplay with story, song, and movement.

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