“Maria Hassabi’s slow, sculptural, exacting work appears in white boxes as often as black: it owes as much to art as it does to dance and theatre…deriving power and poignancy from the tension between the aesthetic and the theatrical – the art object and the human subject.”

THE FINANCIAL TIMES, Apollinaire Scherr, November 10, 2013

The work of choreographer and artist Maria Hassabi is rooted in the discourses of contemporary sculpture and theater. Hassabi’s durational choreographies confound the perception of time and the act of viewing in gallery, theater, and everyday contexts. Her new work scheduled to open at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on January 31, 2015 is the most recent follow­up to PREMIERE and INTERMISSION (both 2013), which reflect upon the conventions of display and the language surrounding performance­based work. This continuing body of work pursues an idea of stillness and its relation to the physical body.

Participants in the December Open Studios will have a unique opportunity to experience this piece in its early stages and hear more from Maria about her process and ideas behind her current work.

Friday, December 12 Performance starts at 1:15pm
LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island

Photo credit: Darial Sneed

Ferry departs promptly at 1PM from Battery Maritime Building, Manhattan No late arrivals FREE – RSVP

The work-in-progress excerpt will be performed by Hassabi alongside Hristoula Harakas, Molly Lieber, and Oisín Monaghan.

The final premiere will include an original sound score by Morten Norbye Halvorsen.

UNTITLED (work-in-progress title) is commissioned by The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Maria Hassabi has been a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development 2013 – 2014 program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support for Maria’s participation provided by Mertz Gilmore Foundation.