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Kinesis Project Dance Theatre presents Excerpts from TimePiece: Another Imperfect Measurement of Us, July 22

by Michelle Tabnick
July 18, 2017
Brooklyn Bridge Park
334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Kinesis Project dance theatre presents excerpts of TimePiece: Another imperfect measurement of us in a free performance on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 7pm in Brooklyn Bridge Park, as a part of Gibney Dance's dance-mobile Summer 2017.

TimePiece: Another imperfect measurement of us is a site-mobile outdoor dance about time, perspective and connection over distances; as the dancers move, spin and partner - their costumes slowly release brightly colored sand - drawing the audience, and the movement throughout the space.

Kinesis Project is an NYC based, large-scale, outdoor dance company led by choreographer Melissa Riker. The company is developing a new, multi-chromatic performance inviting contemplation of impermanence. Riker, the dancers, and close collaborators NYC costume designer Asa B. Thornton and Seattle material artist Celeste Cooning, are creating a kinetically kaleidoscopic work that celebrates connection, defies distance, and displays the ephemeral by drawing and confronting time, effort, and motion.

Kinesis Project will also lead Class in the Grass at 5:30pm in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Dance-mobile is a free outdoor performance series presenting works by Gibney Dance Company and guests in parks throughout New York City. This summer, the series offers excerpts of Gina Gibney's Folding In (2016) performed by Gibney Dance Company, and a one-night-only class and performance by Kinesis Project dance theatre. All performances are free and open to the public. Details at GibneyDance.org.
 
Melissa Riker is Artistic Director and Choreographer of Kinesis Project dance theatre. She is a New York City dancer and choreographer who emerged as a strong performance and creative voice as the NYC dance and circus worlds combined during the 90's. Riker's dances and aesthetic layer her training as a classical dancer, martial artist, theatre choreographer and aerial performer. She creates dances on site - and in context. Riker invents large-scale out-door performances and spontaneous moments of dance for individuals and corporate clients. Audiences and critics have called Riker's work "a Marx Brothers' routine with soul," "A movable feast." And from The New York Times, her choreography is: "comically acrobatic, gracefully classical, visually arresting."
 
Kinesis Project is a dance organization that produces dance concerts, facilitates educational programs and creates site-specific performances with diverse communities. A company at the forefront of the international discussion of placemaking, art engagement and the cultural imperative of art in public space, Kinesis Project dance theatre invents large scale, space-changing, breath-taking experiences. 
 
Since 2005, Kinesis Project's work has been experienced in San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Vermont, Florida and in New York City at such venerable venues as Danspace Project, Judson Church, Joyce Soho, The Minskoff Theatre, The Cunningham Studio, West End Theatre and Dixon Place.  The company dances outside in sculpture gardens, universities, and annually since 2006 in Battery Park's Bosque Gardens and The Cloisters Lawn as well as hosting over 30 surprise performances all over New York City and the tri-state area as an element of the company's earned income and outreach programming with volunteer populated flashmobs. Residencies include: Earthdance 2006, Omi International Arts Center 2008, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center 2011, TheaterLab 2014, Adelphi University 2014. Ms. Riker is a 2016 and 2017 CDI Residency Fellow, 2015 LMCC Community Arts Fund grantee and was commissioned by The Brooklyn Botanic Garden for a surprise large-scale work and performances of her work Secrets and Seawalls at Omi International Arts Center, Long House Reserve, Gateway National Park in partnership with Rockaways Artist Alliance. Ms. Riker has received commissions from Carson Fox and the Ephemeral Festival in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for large-scale outdoor events, NYU in 1998, for an outdoor work long before "flashmob" was coined, 2006 and 2008 grants from the Puffin Foundation for her work Community Movements, a dance work with community volunteers, Fellowships from the Dodge Foundation, Space Grant Residencies from 92nd St Y, The New 42nd St Studio, Gibney Dance Center, and The Joyce Theatre Foundation, and grants from The Bowick Family Trust and John C. Robinson to support the continued work of Kinesis Project dance theatre.
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