HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE DÉCOR BY DANIEL ARSHAM, PERFORMANCES BY BOKAER, VALDA SETTERFIELD, SARA PROCOPIO AND TAL ADLER-ARIELI
Jonah Bokaer will present three New York City premieres–“Study for Occupant,” “Future Tense” and “The Explorer”–each featuring sculptural décor by Bokaer’s long-time collaborator Daniel Arsham, October 23-26. The performances take place at Lightbox, a newly opened convertible space, at 339 West 38th Street.
First on the program is “Study For Occupant,” a solo performed by Jonah Bokaer, which had been previously seen in Paris, Luxembourg, London, Amsterdam, Philadelphia, and the 2014 Spoleto Festival, where it played for 40 performances at Salon of Honor in La Rocca Albornoziana. The 15-minute dance has an original score by Echospace.
Performed by Sara Procopio and Tal Adler-Arieli, and featuring the venerated actor/dancer Valda Setterfield, who recently turned 80, “Future Tense” takes place in eerily lit blue landscape filled with mysterious plaster encased objects such as cameras, 16mm film reels, and Pentax devices that suggest future time past. Separately and together Bokaer and Arsham investigate positive and negative space and their physical, emotional and spiritual relationships. The music is by Riyoji Ikeda; the costumes were produced by the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.
Brimming with visual surprise, “The Explorer,” a 20-minute work staged by Bokaer and Arsham, with music by DJ Spooky, the dance features performances by Setterfield, Procopio and Adler-Arieli.
The Lightbox performances, the third program of new work by Bokaer in the past six weeks, exemplifies the choreographer’s rapidly growing and expanding career. On September 25th, he premiered “Fragments,” commissioned by Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City, while on October 7th, his solo exhibition “October 7, 1944” opens at Popper Gallery at the Center for Jewish History.