Anneke Hansen, Aoife McAtamney, and Ariel Pierce rehearse Hansen’s project “youandyouandyou” in University Settlement’s gymnasium
"youandyouandyou," a new dance work choreographed by LMCC grantee, Anneke Hansen, will be presented in 6 performances from November 16-19 at University Settlement. The work is performed by dancers Aoife McAtamney, Ariel Pierce, and Anneke Hansen, and features an original score by composer Nathan Koci, lighting design by Holly Ko, and costumes by Deborah Black.
Performed in the Lower East Side settlement house’s historic 6th floor gymnasium, “youandyouandyou” explores a movement vocabulary of effort and delicacy, the individual working as part of a collective “we,” a sense of abandon and of repose. At the top of a flight of stairs, the open space of University Settlement's historic gymnasium will greet the entering audience. Dancing will fill the space as the trio negotiates solitary and group activity - exploring the moments when individuals agree to transform into a collective force.
Anneke first conceived the piece in 2008 when she viewed University Settlement’s 6th floor gymnasium, with its creaky wooden floor and original detailing, for the first time. The space gave her the opportunity to work with dance in an environment where it doesn’t usually exist and to explore how art-making can be geographically and socially isolated from everyday life. Anneke’s work is concerned with dancing and dancers and strives to create meaning through evocative, sensuous, and sophisticated movement. Questions of what the body and mind are capable of—in terms of coordination, texture, and timing—are central to her studio explorations. She uses site-specific venues to break the performer/audience barrier and create a sense of immediacy to the experience.
Through “youandyouandyou” the artist will connect with her audience through performances as well as two dance workshops for the community, offered with University Settlement, creating broader exchange between this project, the settlement house, and the Lower East Side community.
University Settlement, Top Floor Gymnasium, 184 Eldridge Street at Rivington Street
Dates & Times
Wednesday, 11/16 at 8PM
Thursday, 11/17 at 8PM
Friday, 11/18 at 7PM & 9PM
Saturday, 11/19 at 7PM & 9PM