saturday 29 april – 8pm ~


Maria Hassabi (Cyprus/USA)

STAGED? (2016) – undressed

performance, italian première

In STAGED? (2016) Maria Hassabi’s intent to stillness and slowness is pursued through the formation of a live sculpture amongst four performers. A quiet sound composition designed by experimental electronic composer and artist Marina Rosenfeld floats in and out. The performers’ poses, held for extended durations, create an intricate mass that continuously shape-shifts from recognizable to unknown representations, abstracting the human form and its capacities. While the quartet’s stillness is prominent, the subtle shuffle of images provokes both intensity and release. The dancers’ muscles tremble, tears well up in their eyes, their faces twitch. These nonverbal, involuntary physical effects of time and arduous activity, these uncontrollable neuromuscular responses, gradually become the new spectacle. Hassabi’s works take their time, and ask the viewer to do the same. She relates the body to the still image and the sculptural object, addressing the separation between the spectacular and the mundane, between subject and object.

performers Jessie Gold,  Hristoula Harakas, Maria Hassabi, Oisín Monaghan
outfits Victoria Bartlett
composer Marina Rosenfeld
dramaturgy Scott Lyall
production management Alexandra Rosenberg
production assistant Kate Scherer
co-production of Dance4 (Nottingham, UK), FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival (New York, NY), High Line Art (New York, NY), The Keir Foundation with support from Dancehouse, Melbourne (Melbourne, AUS), The Kitchen (New York, NY), kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, B), Onassis Cultural Center – Athens (Athens, GR), Summer Stages Dance @ ICA/Boston (MA)
residencies at Live Arts Bard at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College (Annandale on Hudson, NY), Camargo Foundation with funding from the Jerome Foundation (Cassis, FR), Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (Captiva Island, FL)

Maria Hassabi is a New York-based artist and choreographer. Over the years she has developed a distinct choreographic practice involved with the relation of the body to the image, defined by sculptural physicality and extended duration. Her works draw their strength from the tension between the human subject and the artistic object, the dancer as a performer and as a physical entity. Her works are presented in theaters, museums, galleries and public-spaces worldwide, and recently at MoMA NY, Walker Art Centre Minneapolis, The Kitchen NY, Kunstenfestivaldesarts Bruxelles, Impulstanz Wien, FIAC Paris, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Playground festival Bruxelles. In 2013 she represented Republic of Cyprus as part of the Cypriot and Lithuanian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Art Biennale. Her works include PLASTIC (2015), PREMIERE (2013), INTERMISSION (2013), Counter-Relief (2013), SHOW (2011), Robert and Maria (2010), SoloShow (2009), Solo (2009), GLORIA (2007), Still Smoking (2006), Dead is Dead (2004) and LIGHTS (2001). She has also created several short-form pieces, art installations including CHANDELIERS (2012), and a short film, The Ladies (2012).