Emerging Artists Commissions 2012

Jen Rosenblit & Jules Gimbrone

Pastor Pasture is a revolving expanse of glory and shame.  Through research into aural and visceral structures, this work harnesses the performers in all its queerness–as soft, ecstatic, plural, unknown and full of desire.  A nonsensical nature is established when sound occurs, when it registers as music and when the moving body chooses to relate or not.  Logic emerges from the inside, there are no external cues for understanding.

A classic duet between dancer and cellist gets modified, blended, disturbed and tormented as the composer and choreographer enter to complicate and mediate the preciousness they created. Within the intricacy of this duet lies the solo body, three and four all in and out of relation with one another.   Composition for solo cello is divested of its singularity through vocal interventions, sound spatialization, and the piercing calm of a resonating sound sculpture.  With lighting design by E Jenetopulos,  internal terrorisms reclaim power and images of blindfolded bodies charge the space with our knowledge of hostage situations.  We are full under an empty sky.

Jen Rosenblit has been making dances in NYC since 2005 after graduating from Hampshire College.  From rural Maine, Rosenblit spends most of her time rearranging her apartment, currently obsessed with things being just slightly off the floor.  Rosenblit has worked with performer and friend, Addys Gonzalez for ten years.  Rosenblit has performed for Yvonne Meire and Kimberly Brandt and has appeared in film and video work by Courtney Krantz, Kate Brandt and recently Kerry Downey.  Rosenblit has taught for CLASSCLASSCLASS, Bowdoin College, Hollins University and has organized independent lab-like classes on performance and improvisation.  Rosenblit’s work has taken her to Denmark, Moscow and Milan as well as premiered at Dance Theater Workshop’s 2009 Fresh Tacks Series, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church Platform 2010 curated by Julliete Mapp, Dance Theater Workshop’s 2011 studio series and recently premiered her work, In-Mouth, at New York Live Arts in February 2012.  Rosenblit is a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Art 2012 Artist’s Grant.  Rosenblit will show work as part of the Phiadelphia ICA’s First Among Equals on June 2nd, curated by BODEGA.  www.bottomheavies.blogspot.com

Jules Gimbrone is a composer, performer, and interdisciplinary artist living in Brooklyn. Jules enjoys collaborations and seeks to provoke dominant structure within improvisational and experimental practice. Jules composed and co-directs the performance project WREST, which began in 2010 with a grant from the Princess Grace Foundation. The WREST visual album, a recording of Jules’ 7-piece electro-acoustic ensemble paired with video, will be released through PACK Projects in the summer of 2012. Jules’ work has been performed at such diverse places as MOMA PS1, Socrates Sculpture Park, Galapagos, Monkeytown, Secret Project Robot, Joe’s Pub, Glasslands Gallery, Judson Church, Bodega Gallery and The Performance Project at The University Settlement.  Jules is a Brooklyn Arts Council Re-Grant recipient (2010), received the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media (2008), led the ensemble Aria Orion (2006-09), and co-founded the psych-folk band Our Lady of Bells (2004-06). Jules is currently enrolled in Brooklyn College’s Performance and Interactive Media Arts MFA program and is a teaching artist at Urban Arts Partnership. www.julesgimbrone.com

Photo: Photo by Mariana Valencia

ISSUE Project Room’s 2012 Emerging Artists Commission program focuses on transdisciplinary practices with a special attention to contemporary political, aesthetic, social and technological concerns. Each year, ISSUE’s curators select 5 artists in conjunction with a committee of artists and curators from peer arts organizations representing a diverse cross-section of disciplinary fields. Special attention is given to ambitious and imaginative projects otherwise lacking in strong institutional support. Selected artists receive a stipend and rehearsal space for the development and free presentation of a new work.

ISSUE Project Room’s Emerging Artists Commission program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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