"Dance until your bones clatter. What a prize
you are. What a lucky sack of stars."
(excerpt) At Last the New Arriving
by Gabrielle Calvocoressi
Last Friday I performed at Cabinet Space for Rope-A-Dope, curated by Sohrab Mohebbi and Gabi Ngcobo. It was a watershed moment in my exploration of performance. That thing that happens in my studio, were the committed doing and the deep thinking, are simultaneous energies- happened during this performance. I felt like I had a chance to create questions that didn't necessarily need answers, that it was the questioning that was completely valid in an of itself. Perhaps, I am getting too ahead of myself, but I think the reaction/participation of the audience communicates something very close to this sentiment. Ultimately, though, I want to continue developing and exploring this aspect of my art-making. Perhaps an abstract puppet show becomes an eventual performance, or a sound work collection available on CD/DVD...
In either case, I've included the accompanying sonic component that I created for the performance, below. Documentation coming soon!
(W)RAPPING from Kenya Robinson on Vimeo.
"Kenya (Robinson) is a multi-media artist based in Brooklyn. She takes the ritual as a site for her artistic production, addressing politics of the quotidian and the ceremonies of the mundane. Her exhibition, “HAIRPOLITIC: The Pursuit of Nappiness” was on view at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art in 2008, investigating construction of identities within the notions of choice and acceptance. For “Rope-a-dope,” Kenya uses the pre-fight ritual of hand wrapping as the visual backdrop for a rapped soliloquy that fuses the poetry of Gabriella Calvocoressi, the rhymed boasts of Muhammad Ali, and polyrhythmic patterns of 70’s soul.
“Rope-a-dope” is curated by Sohrab Mohebbi and Gabi Ngcobo, second-year graduate students at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College."