Triangle Theory is a dance-based preoccupation with the meaning and depth of shape-making, specifically of making meaning with/as triangles. Its bodies become shapes who become people who indicate space that considers landscape that sits within a theater. It began as an exploration of dance’s relationship to form/precision, and has morphed into a dance-driven series of studies mixing craft values with pared down shapes/textures and abstract femme iconography.
2016 is the 30th anniversary of Wendy Carlos’ release of her album Beauty in the Beast, of her track “Land of the Midnight Sun,” and of Kyli Kleven. 100 years ago Oskar Schlemmer made his Triadic Ballet, and a tripod was first erected in Nenana, Alaska, which, every spring since, has floated down the broken Tanana river pulling a line of triangles behind it.
Kyli Kleven is an experimental dance artist and video artist based in Brooklyn. She owes much of her point-of-view to her participation in the art-making practices of Kim Brandt, Ryan McNamara, Jillian Peña, Milka Djordjevich, Jen Monson, Jen Rosenblit, Jen Allen, Kirstie Simson, and many others. She also worked extensively with Our Dads, a dance-making collaborative project with Stevie May, Tess Dworman, and Caitlin Marz (2010-14), and as a video artist for knitwear designer Stephen West (2012-Present). She studied dance and gender studies at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was a 2008 DanceWEB scholar at ImPulsTanz. She is honored to be installing this personal work at Roulette, a very personal place, where she has worked since 2011. She started life in Nenana, Alaska.
The ongoing [DANCEROULETTE] series reflects Roulette’s commitment to presenting experimental dance held since the organization’s founding in 1978, particularly the collaborative efforts of composers and choreographers exploring the relationship between sound and movement, choreography and composition.
Kyli Kleven: Triangle Theory is made possible, in part, with funds from GENERATE: The Frances Richard Fund for Innovative Artists of Promise supported by Roulette’s generous donors.
GENERATE, instituted in celebration of Roulette’s 35th Anniversary in 2013, aims to present ambitious, complex and often large-scale works of experimental performing art by supporting emerging and established artists with commissions, residencies, and additional production and presentation financial underwriting.