Three Shared Evenings of Work: Oren Barnoy/Leslie Cuyjet

Wednesday, May 8, 2019. 8:00 pm

Choreographers Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith curate three evenings of movement-based performance featuring work by performers/choreographers Hilary Clark, Oren Barnoy, Leslie Cuyjet. Three Shared Evenings of Work is presented as part of Roulette’s ongoing [DANCEROULETTE] New Movement Series, focused showcasing experimental work in dance and choreography. This three-day series features two performances per night, each with a unique approach to artistry, composition, and movement.

Oren Barnoy:

Titled with a symbol, Oren Barnoy creates his own cyclical version of a daily prayer through movement. A determined pulse feeds continuous action—vigorous and ecstatic—with the dancers engaged in an unrelenting ritual that pushes the room ever closer towards transcendence.

Performers: Oren Barnoy, Paul Hamilton, Molly Lieber, Candace Tabbs

Oren Barnoy has shown choreography most recently at JACK and Sundays on Broadway (Weiss Acres). His work has been presented on platforms such as PS1 MoMa, Potsdam Film School, Dixon Place, Danspace Projects, The Kitchen, La MaMa Experimental Theater and New Dance Alliance – Performance Mix. Barnoy was a Studio Series artist in residence at New York Live Arts in 2011 and in 2013 an Artist in residence at The Tribeca Performing Arts Center and most recently an NDA LiftOff Creative and Project Development Resident. His installation work has been presented by Art Basel, Miami. Barnoy has had the honor to dance for luciana achugar, DD Dorvillier, Sarah Michelson, Heather Kravas, Emmanuelle Huynh, Ben Van Buren, the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company and currently dances with Hadar Ahuvia.

Leslie Cuyjet: Exographic Will
Leslie Cuyjet’s newest work Exographic Will explores the shared histories of past, present, and future selves. It is a dance that comes upon itself through tracing memories held within the body, and aims to locate complementary and dissonant expressions on a single theme, provoking overlapping fantasies and biographies. She is joined by Darrin Wright who has been dancing together for over 20 years.

Since 2004 Leslie Cuyjet has performed with a range of artists from David Gordon, Yanira Castro, Will Rawls, Juliana F. May, and Kim Brandt; to Anohni and Solange. She has a long-standing company history with Jane Comfort and Cynthia Oliver. Her independent work aims to unpack an archive that includes performing across postmodern and experimental forms while negotiating biographical and cultural authorities of blackness. Cuyjet has been presented by La MaMa (La MaMa Moves! Festival), Gibney Dance (DoublePlus), CPR (Fall Movement), Movement Research (Festival Fall 2016: unthreading the filter; MR at the Judson Church), AUNTS (American Realness; Populous), and Danspace Draftworks. Leslie has held the honor of being artist-in-residence at Chez Bushwick (2016), Movement Research (2017-2018), Center for Performance Research (2019), and is attending Yaddo this spring.

Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith have been making experimental dances in New York since 2006. Recent works include: Body Comes Apart (New York Live Arts, 2019), Basketball (PS122 and Baryshnikov Arts Center for COIL 2017), Rude World (PS122 and The Chocolate Factory Theater for COIL 2015), Tulip (Roulette, 2013; Judson Now at Danspace Project, 2012), and Beautiful Bone (The Chocolate Factory Theater, 2012). Residencies and awards: 2018 Artists at The Yard, 2018 DiP Residency Artists at Gibney, featured as one of Alastair Macauley’s “Best Dance of 2017” in The New York Times for Basketball, 2016 LMCC Process Space Residency, 2015 Rosas Summer Studios Recipient, PS122’s 2014/2015 RAMP Artist, 2014 Baryshnikov Arts Center Artist Residency Program, 2013 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award Nomination for Emerging Choreographer, and the 2013 NYFA Fellow Finalist Award. Guest Artists and Co-Teachers at Connecticut College in 2015 and Sarah Lawrence College in 2018.

Leslie Cuyjet photo by Sara Fox
Oren Barnoy photo is Kathryn Butler

Three Shared Evenings of Work: Oren Barnoy/Leslie Cuyjet is presented as part of DANCEROULETTE and is supported, in part, by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. This performance is presented through Roulette’s GENERATE program, providing over 30 artists each year with in-depth creative and technical support. This performance is made possible with funds from Howard Gilman Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Roulette’s Board of Directors, and the generosity of our New & Adventurous audiences.