Traditions, Inventions, Exchange

For four decades, Molly Davies has created innovative works that fuse art, dance, and experimental film.  “Traditions, Inventions, Exchange”, which opens at the Baryshnikov Arts Center on June 4, exemplifies the unique, interdisciplinary nature of her work.  The three-part, nine-channel video and sound installation explores cultural exchanges that took place over several years among six dancers and six presenters who worked together in the U.S., Indonesia, and Japan. Each of the three sections of the installation focuses on one of these countries.

Davies began the documentation comprising “Traditions, Inventions, Exchange” in 2002, revisiting the performers and locales of the Triangle Arts Program (TAP), which in 1994 and 1997 brought together a dancer and a presenter from the U.S., Indonesia, and Japan and gave the six participants a month to work together in each place. Davies’ installation revisits the locales and performers brought together through the program. She considers the participants’ and places’ changing artistic and cultural landscapes, juxtaposing images ranging from East Kalimantan to Maine, Tokyo to New York City. The work reveals and offers viewers a personal experience of traditional and current dance, music, opinions, food, fun, and other aspects of life in all three countries.

The installation, which is a co-presentation by Danspace Project and the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), will be on view June 4 through 11 at BAC. Following a 6 PM opening on June 4, gallery hours will be 11 AM to 6 PM, June 5 through 11. Admission to the gallery is free. The Baryshnikov Arts Center is located at 450 West 37th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues.

On Saturday, June 6 at BAC, there will be an afternoon of related events, including a roundtable discussion with guest artists and participants at 1 PM, a reception and informal gallery talk with Davies at 2 PM, and a live performance by dancers featured in the videos – Polly Motley, Steve Paxton, Sardono W. Kusumo, and Kota Yamazaki – at 3:30 PM.  Tickets for the June 6th performance are available online or by calling 212.279.4200.

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