DANCE: Gerard & Kelly’s “Modern Living” @ EMPAC [Berkshire on Stage]
At 7pm tonight (Thursday, February 23), choreographers Gerard & Kelly host a free open-studio presentation on their work-in-progress, Modern Living, exploring queer intimacy and domestic space, at EMPAC at RPI in Troy.
In 2016, Gerard & Kelly choreographed nine dancers in performances at the landmark Schindler House in West Hollywood, the site of an early experiment in communal living, and Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, CT, where the architect and his partner David Whitney lived for over 40 years. The performances investigated the livability of queer space — its pleasures, tensions, and impossibilities — and were filmed for the next iteration of the project.
In residence at EMPAC, the duo are now working to translate the project into a gallery installation integrating architectural forms and video projection. This open-studio event will invite you behind the scenes with the artists, who will introduce Modern Living and discuss their work, which shifts between dance and visual art contexts, the gallery, the stage, domestic and public space.