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Dance New Amsterdam
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Gallery@DNA Presents: Quinn Batson Longone (May 18-June 14, Manhattan, NY)

by Sarah Hart
May 20, 2009
Dance New Amsterdam
280 Broadway, 2nd floor
(Entrance on Chambers Street)
New York, NY 10007
(212) 625-8369
Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) is pleased to present photography by Quinn Batson, independent photographer and Dance Editor of offoffoff.com. Batson's work will be exhibited May 18–June 14 in DNA's 2nd Floor Gallery at 280 Broadway (entrance at 53 Chambers). This Exhibit has been funded in part by a grant from New York State Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick through the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Inspired by near-lifesize, near-photorealistic black and white Robert Longo paintings from the 1980s, the images capture explosions of energy in men in suits and women in dresses and heels. Printed large in black and white on a silver paper, the images have more richness than the graphic silhouetted figures of the paintings while recreating much of the energy and angst, and anonymity, of the inspiration.

An opening reception will be held at DNA on Thursday, May 21st from 7:00pm-9:00pm.

A closing reception will be held at DNA on Wednesday June 10th from 7:00-8:00pm.

DNA's Gallery Hours are 9am – 9pm Monday – Sunday

There is no charge for admission to the exhibit.

Artist Statement

I wanted to find a photographic place between dance and action and between technique and energy, to get away from the typical impressive jumping shots or synchronized groups we often see as dance images.

All the people in these pictures are excellent dancers and movers, and though they may look like civilians by the way they are dressed, very few non-dancers would have the physical presence and force to do what they did for these photos. - Quinn Batson

Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) is Lower Manhattan's foremost non-profit home for "downtown" dance – dance that challenges, expects attention and offers an arts experience as a response to our daily existence. DNA is proud to present and promote artistic excellence in dance performance, education, the creation process and artist services. An incomparable resource, DNA's 25,000 square foot facility is a pioneer infrastructure for the performing arts by housing both a professional theater and education center — nurturing dance in all its forms and guiding dancers through the various stages of their career. Each week, in DNA's six studios, professional theater and galleries 160 classes are taught, rehearsals are run, workshops are conducted and choreography is created and performed and inspired artwork is viewed. DNA is a valuable resource for the aspiring, emerging and established artist, who benefit from artistic residencies, studio and administrative office subsidies, commissions and two performance seasons that offer presentations of new dance works, many of them world premieres. Founded in 1984 in NoHo and originally known as Dance Space Center, DNA changed its name when it moved to 280 Broadway in February 2006. The state-of-the-art facilities include a professional 130-seat theater, six studios, a wellness program, two galleries and a reception space. DNA was the first not-for-profit arts organization to move to Lower Manhattan after 9/11 and plays a critical role as a resource for the dance community, as well as a renewing force in downtown Manhattan's cultural landscape.

For more information and press inquires please contact Amanda Szeglowski, Manager of Public Relations & Corporate Development at 212.625.8369 ext. 226 or visit www.dnadance.org.

Photos available upon request.
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