Tei Blow + Laurel Atwell
Entry reimagines John Cage and Merce Cunningham's Ocean, a “dance in the round” in which the dancers, musicians, and audience members are arranged in concentric circles. Through the use of anechoic sound and ASMR-inducing audio and speech, Entry recreates the psychedelic voyages and out-of-body experiences recounted by the immersed spectators of the 1994 work, exploring the inner space conjured by Cage and Cunningham’s iconic collaboration.
This project is supported through the Cage Cunningham Fellowship, established in 2015 for artists who demonstrate John Cage and Merce Cunningham’s commitment to artistic innovation. In recognition of Cunningham's centennial celebration in 2019, the 2018-19 Cage Cunningham Fellowship extends the award to five artists including Tei Blow.
Lead support of dance programming at BAC is provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment.
Major support for dance programming and activities provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Dance/NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Tei Blow is a performer, educator, and media designer based in New York. Blow’s work incorporates photography, video, and sound culled from found materials and mass media.
He has performed and designed for The Laboratory of Dmitry Krymov, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jodi Melnick, Ann Liv Young, Big Dance Theater, and David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group. He also performs as Frustrator on Enemies List Recordings. Blow’s work has been featured at Hartford Stage, Dance Theater Workshop, PS122/PSNY, Lincoln Center Festival, The Kitchen, BAM, The Public Theater, The Broad Stage, MCA Chicago, MFA Boston, Kate Werble Gallery, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Wadsworth Atheneum, and at theaters around the world. He is the recipient of a 2015 New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award for Outstanding Sound Design for David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group’s I Understand Everything Better. Blow is one half of Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, whose ongoing multipart series The Art of Luv is a recipient of the Creative Capital and Franklin Furnace Awards.
Since 2008, Laurel Atwell has been making work that has become more interdisciplinary with her research conducted as a 2016 Movement Research Artist in Residence.
Her work has been presented at Abrons Arts Center, Center for Performance Research, Draftworks at Danspace Project, Domestic Performance Agency, Links Hall (Chicago), Movement Research at Judson Church, Pieter Performance Space (LA) as well as throughout apartments, parks, bars, and galleries in New York. Laurel has recently appeared in the work of Mariangela Lopez, Phoebe Berglund, Kim Brandt, Melanie Maar, Tess Dworman, Nikima Jagudajev, and Milka Djordjevich. She edits the Dance Pamphlets for 53rd State Press and teaches qi gong, at times in collaboration with Tess Dworman’s meditation teachings under the moniker WellMan. Laurel and Jessica Cook were artists in residence at PAM (LA) and Central Park Gallery (LA) during October 2018, and will be in residence at MOMA PS1 in December 2018.
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