LMCC is pleased to host Rachel Tess for a residency to develop her project Souvenir at St. Cornelius Chapel at Governors Island.

Tess’ Souvenir is a project that investigates the relationships between architecture and choreography and choreographer and audience. The work more specifically explores the concept of a mobile architecture versus pre-existing institutional structures and how this design may impact the making and viewing of performance. In Souvenir, audiences are intended to explicitly experience the space, frame, bodies, and movement as simultaneously separate, related, and interactive elements.

During Tess’ 2014 residency, audiences will have access to both the studio process through Open Studios featuring in-process showings, and the design process through Open Hours for Souvenir Dialogue a small exhibition of documentation and ephemera related to the project.


Souvenir is co-commissioned by LMCC and BAC, with generous support provided by Princess Grace Foundation-USA.

Souvenir was developed, in part, during a Princess Grace Foundation-USA Work-in-Progress Residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center. Souvenir at LMCC in September, 2014 is made possible with a stipend for International projects from the Swedish Arts Council. Souvenir is also made possible by the generous supporters of Rachel Tess Dance (501c3 non-profit). Exhibition materials for Souvenir are on loan from the Wanås Foundation in Sweden. Accommodations provided by the Millenium Hilton.

Choreography and conception by Rachel Tess
Lighting design: Michael Mazzola
Re-design of Souvenir II: Opsis Architecture
Co-designer of Souvenir I with Rachel Tess: Gian Monti
Lead carpenters: Tim Sampson and Mark Morton


Sunday, September 21st
12:00pm–4:00pm: Exhibition on view – Souvenir Dialogue by Rachel Tess
4:00pm: Open Studio with Rachel Tess
at St. Cornelius Chapel, Governors Island

Image credit: Courtesy of the artist


Free, first-come, first-served