Kelly Nipper: Terre Mécanique

371 Broadway, NY

In collaboration with MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, Kelly Nipper presents a live performance for her Performa Commission for the Performa 17 biennial. Rooted in Laban movement systems, photographic mechanisms, and 3D printing, this new work deconstructs notions of volumes, voids, and darkness as a phenomenon. A printhead rapidly creates new objects inside of a transparent hemisphere filled with gel. Performers oscillate between pragmatic actions and cloaked, spiraling dances. Nipper unites a rigorous study of forms and voids with chance encounters between performers, machines, and the spaces in between. The work was created in part at the Granoff Center at Brown University.

Image credit: Kelly Nipper, Terre Mécanique, 2017. Photos © Paula Court. Courtesy of Performa.

Role: Associate Producer

Organized by Esa Nickle
A collaboration with the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT
Lead Dancer and Rehearsal
Director: Marissa Ruazol
Laban/Bartenieff Movement Instruction: Teresa Heiland
Dancers: Jonathan Gonzalez, Brooklynn Reeves, Marissa Ruazol
Researcher: Bjorn Sparrman
Composition, Electronics: Phillip Curtis
Costume Designer: Karen Boyer
Associate Producer: Raul Zbengheci
Fabrication: Standard and Supply
Production Assistants: Sophie Schwartz, Sophia Washburn, Marley Kirton and Manuela Nebuloni
Self-Assembly Lab, MIT: Bjorn Sparrman, Jared Laucks & Skylar Tibbits