Links Hall: Jillian Peña
3111 N. Western Avenue
Feb. 26, & Feb 27 @ 7PM
Jillian Peña (creator) is a dance and video artist whose work seeks to make visible the confusion and desire of the self in relationship to itself and others. Her work is in dialogue with psychoanalysis, queer theory, pop media, and spirituality. Jillian was recently awarded the Prix Jardin d’Europe 2014 at ImpulsTanz Dance Festival in Vienna. She has been presented internationally, including at Danspace Project, American Realness, The Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop and The Kitchen in New York, and American Dance Institute, and ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna, Akademie der KunsteSophiensaele Berlin, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, Modern Art Oxford, and the International Festival of Contemporary Art Slovenia. She was a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholar during which she was awarded an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was a fellowship recipient, and a Practice-based MPhil in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center (LMCC), Performance Space 122, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Movement Research, the National Dance Center of Bucharest, Romania, and Archauz in Århus, Denmark. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Dance and the College of Art, Media, and Design at University of the Arts, Philadelphia. www.jilllianpena.com
Christian Joy (costume design) is an American costume designer and artist best known for her stage costume designs for Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer, Karen O. Using found articles and occasionally eschewing thread and print for glue and marker pens, she has influenced contemporary fashion with punk and DIY stylings. She has dressed Santigold, the UK band Klaxons, and Danish singer/songwriter Oh Land. Her costumes have been featured in exhibitions at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Diesel Art Gallery in Tokyo, Picture Farm Gallery in Brooklyn, AVA gallery in NYC, and Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn. She collaborated with TopShop on three limited-edition collections, and released her first personal ready-to-wear garments.
Panopticon is a duet that is simultaneously a solo and a work for 100 dancers. Through choreographic reflections and multiplications, a kaleidoscopic arena of bodies is created: simultaneously seen as individuals and objects. Inspired by the architectural concept of the panopticon, a structure in which everything is seen at all times, this performance aims to achieve omniscient visibility.
The show is about 45 minutes.
Panopticon is co-commissioned by Performance Space 122, the Jerome Foundation and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Panopticon was developed as part of PS122’s RAMP residency series, ImPulsTanz/DanceWEB and LMCC’s Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. PS122 presentation support provided by Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance and Jerome Robbins Foundation.
American Realness: http://americanrealness.com/portfolio-type/jillian-pena/
Teaser Video: http://ps122.tv/panopticon/