June 27 at 3:00pm
June 28 at 3:00 and 5:00pm
at Bowling Green

“Hassabi is a master of slowness and stillness – her pieces are like art installations brought to life by dancers.” – Deborah Jowitt, Arts Journal

“You watch for something–anything–to break loose. You feel relief and triumph to notice even just the flow of breath ruffling through a dancer’s back, and you search for more of the same. Your outer and inner senses reach out. Despite yourself, you have already begun to live in this dance. The work–an endurance trial for performers and audience alike–is a knockout.” – Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Infinite Body

Commissioned by LMCC

Premieres mark the transition artistic work undergoes, moving the work from a private to a public event. In its evolution from process into product, a premiere represents the first moment all the elements of live performance come together. Inevitably, this moment of breakthrough brings about strong feelings of anticipation as new elements are added: the audience, as viewer and critic. Premieres are widely considered special, and often, even more prestigious than succeeding performances, which is a paradox given that they are often imbued with fragility, even awkwardness.

Ultimately, they celebrate the “finished” work of art, which consequently disregards process. Through Hassabi’s sculpturesque approach to movement and extended duration, PREMIERE continuously exposes process, calling attention to the present moment. Keeping the aliveness of the form at the forefront of each individual encounter, the work will reflect on the human experience as an ongoing process.

Performers: Maria Hassabi,  Hristoula Harakas, Biba Bell, Andros Zins-Browne, Robert Steijn
Sound Design: Alex Waterman
Visual Artist & Dramaturg: Scott Loyal


Photo credit: Paula Court


Free – No RSVP required

PREMIERE is a co-production of The Kitchen (NY), Performa as part of Performa 13, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, Belgium), Kaaitheater (Brussels, Belgium), steirischer herbst (Graz, Austria), Dance4 (Nottingham, UK).. The work has received additional funding from the MAP Fund, the Jerome Foundation, LMCC’s Manhattan Community Arts Fund and Mertz Gilmore Foundation’s Late-Stage Production Stipends. PREMIERE was developed in part through a residency at Kaaitheater, at Pa-f (St Erme, France), and Mount Tremper (NY).

PREMIERE  was developed during an LMCC artist residency in 2013-2014 as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. LMCC.net.