Utopia

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PREMIERE St. Mark's Church, December 2018

What does Utopia mean to you?

Is it a physical, external place— or, might it reside internally?

Choreographed by Valerie Green and in collaboration with visual artist
Keren Anavy, VG/DE’s newest evening length work, Utopia, explores the
idea of a perfect place through dance and visual art.

Anavy has turned her large-scale paintings into 10-foot cylindrical
pillars to be used throughout the piece. The pillars act as an extension of
the internal world, constantly forming barriers, spaces, and other
environments for the dancers to both react to and orchestrate. This
dynamic art installation is in perpetual motion, being constantly built
and dismantled.

Acting as both props and set, Anavy’s painted pillars contribute to Utopia’s striking energy and challenge the viewer’s conception of how art, dance, and design interact with and influence one another.


Utopia at St. Mark’s Church Photographer: Stephen de las Heras · Location: St. Mark’s Church In The Bowery · Artwork: Keren Anavy

Utopia at Wave Hill Photographer: Nomi H. Rave  · Location: Wave Hill · Artwork: Keren Anavy 

 Utopia at Collaborative Concepts Photographer: Elbert Mills · Location: Saunders Farm, Garrison, NY · Artwork: Keren Anavy

Utopia at Pioneer Works Photographer: Walter Wlodarczyk · Location: Pioneer Works · Artwork: Keren Anavy

Utopia at Queens Museum Photographer: Nomi H. Rave · Location: Queens Museum · Artwork: Keren Anavy

Utopia at Lincoln Center  Photographer: Darial Sneed · Event: APAP Booking Dance Festival · Location: Jazz at Lincoln Center

 
 

Utopia at NARS Foundation  Photographer: Nomi H. Rave · Event: Utopia · Location: NARS Foundation

 
 

CHOREOGRAPHY  Valerie Green

VISUAL ARTIST  Keren Anavy

COMPOSER  Mark Katsanounis

LIGHTING DESIGN  Kathy Kaufmann

COSTUMES  Deborah Erenberg

RUNNING TIME  65 minutes

NUMBER OF DANCERS  7 dancers

PRESENTED BY  Pioneer Works • Danspace Project @ St. Mark’s Church • Wave Hill • Queens Museum • Dixon Place • NARS Foundation • APAP Booking Festival • Green Space • Collaborative Concepts • Movement Research


Press Quotes

A mesmerizing collaboration.
— Pat King, METRO NY
Meticulously crafted, contemplative, mesmerizing.
— Catherine Grau, Queens Museum Public Programs Coordinator
Utopia staged alongside the The Crypto Futurist and the New Tribal Labyrinth exhibition at Pioneer Works created a visually stunning and conceptually brilliant dialogue between sculpture and movement. With Utopia already being a collaborative work incorporating sculptural artworks by Keren Anavy, it is poised to be interdisciplinary, innovative in its approach to bridge the gaps between dance and visual art. Dance Entropy’s performance sussed out the ideas and questions implicit in Atelier van Lieshout’s bodies of work in a way that enriched viewers’ experience of the artworks.
— Bethany Tabor, Pioneer Works