Artists-in-Residence 2013

Jules Rosskam: No Place But Between Us

Sat, March 30, 2013 - 8:00pm

ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn

Jules Rosskam opens his 2013 residency with an invitation to an exploration of a no-good-place. A performative lecture of research on utopia, presented as an open rehearsal for Rosskam's ‘live film’ in July, the event features lyricist and fiddler Julia Read, and dancer Sarah Donnelly. "No Place But Between Us" investigates utopia not as a distant (and ever unreachable) ideal world, but as a feeling and force that exists in and between us. This place between us, the no-good-place where time collapses, and into which our selves dissolve and transcend the impoverished material conditions of our existence. Come with what you always bring: your ghosts, your desires, your drive toward freedom.

Jules Rosskam is a interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, writer and educator whose work explores the construction of personal and historical narratives and the development of identity-based communities. Rosskam is currently a visiting Assistant Professor of Film and Video Production at Hampshire College.

An ambitious composer/lyricist, singer, and fiddler, Julia Read conjures a singularly captivating, subversively calm and dangerous magic. On her debut album, Go On Go, she sings of monsters and witches, of the bones of visibility and invisibility, of bodily presence and absence. She collaborates with many musicians and artists in NYC and Massachussetts.

Sarah Donnelly graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a double major in Dance and Political Science. She was a member of the STREB Extreme Action Company for six years and continues to teach master classes for the company. Sarah has worked with site-specific choreographer Noemie La France for the past three years and is currently performing in Rigoletto at The Metropolitan Opera. She is a founding member and Associate Artistic Director of RDC and is currently creating new work for regional tours and New York City engagements.

Established in 2006, ISSUE's AIR program provides emerging artists with a 3-month residency including rehearsal space, production, curatorial, and pr/marketing support to create new works, to reach the next stage in their artistic development, and gain exposure to a broad public audience. ISSUE’s Artist-in-Residence program is made possible, in part, through generous support from the Jerome Foundation, the Suzanne Fiol Memorial Fund, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York’s 62 counties.

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