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skybetter and associates

by Michelle Brandon
March 19, 2012
Joyce Soho
155 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012
212-431-9233
skybetter and associates
presents the World Premiere of
For Want of Sleep
with commissioned score by Sxip Shirey
in an evening of works at Joyce SoHo from April 5-22, 2012
Brooklyn-based skybetter and associates presents deepening investigations into affect, mathematics, and memory. Tracing the development of artistic director Sydney Skybetter's formalism, the company will perform Near Abroad (2008), The Laws of Falling Bodies (2009), Temporary Matters (2011), Little Boy (2012) and the World Premiere of For Want of Sleep, featuring a commissioned score by composer Sxip Shirey.

Near Abroad refers to the antithetic impulse to contain yet remain separate from another, exploring the physicality of partnership and loss. With its assiduous sparseness, the piece suggests that the most intimate bonds are formed not out of what is shared, but what is mutually had and then lost. The Laws of Falling Bodies reflects on photographs of jumpers captured during the chaos of 9/11. Simultaneously beautiful and disturbing, these images compel a work conceived to render gorgeous movement and abject horror simultaneously, with sequences of arrested falling punctuated by moments of impact. Temporary Matters is a meditation on parenthood and the passage of youth, employing iterative mathematics in an effort to contend with underlying themes of loss of innocence and life. The resulting work is at once haphazard and serendipitous, using the temporal nature of dance to address the chaotic nature of birth. A dense, sweeping work, Little Boy references literary source material (ranging from Borges to Murakami) and the nascent movement of vocabulary of Skybetter's infant son to explore themes of lineage and recurrence. For Want of Sleep (World Premiere) takes its title from a poem by Philip Larkin, and uses variations on the formal structure of mirroring to examine the rhythms of insomnia and partnership.

skybetter and associates has partnered with nel shelby productions to produce an innovative multi-camera live stream of the performance on April 15. "When we live-streamed our sold-out season at Joyce SoHo in 2009, exponentially more people saw our work on the Internet than in the theater. Even given our extended run this year, we project that Internet audiences will outnumber tickets sold by as many as 5 to 1," said Sydney Skybetter.

Every performance will be followed by a talkback with various artists, scholars, consultants and managers, including Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director of Ballet Hispanico (4/5); David Parker, artistic director of Bang Group (4/7); Bill Bragin of Lincoln Center and composer Sxip Shirey (4/14); Tim Cynova, deputy director of Fractured Atlas (4/20); and Jennifer Edwards of Edwards & Skybetter | Change Agency (4/22).

"I've learned through extensive work in the dance community as a marketer and technologist that post-show talk backs are square one in audience engagement. So we thought, why just have one during the run when we can have one following every show," said Sydney Skybetter.

skybetter and associates appears as part of Joyce SoHo's "In rep" series, in which three companies rotate performances over a three week season. skybetter and associates performs at Joyce SoHo from April 5-22, 2012, with performances on April 5, 7, 11,15 and 20 at 7:30pm; April 14 and 22 at 2pm. Joyce SoHo is located at 155 Mercer Street (between Houston and Prince), NYC. Tickets are $18 ($12 for students/seniors) and are available by phone at 212-242-0800 or Joyce.org. Tickets to Joyce SoHo performances purchased at joyce.org carry no service fees!

skybetter and associates was formed in 2008 to perform the work of choreographer Sydney Skybetter. Skybetter draws from literary, musical, mathematical, and personal texts to explore his contradictory impulses for clear self- expression and the creation of abstract, narrative-free dance. skybetter and associates performs its rigorously formal repertory to enliven an architecture of feeling that can only be articulated by arresting bodies in motion. The company has set its repertory on New York University Tisch School for the Arts, SUNY Purchase, Skidmore College, the Zenon Dance Company, Muhlenberg College, and DeSales University and has performed at Inside/Out at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, The Dance Theater Workshop / New York Live Arts, the Danspace Project, The 92nd Street Y, and Joyce SoHo, among many other venues. Skybetter has received a commission from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as one of the award recipients for the 2012 Local Dance Commissioning Project.

Sxip Shirey is a composer and performer who lives in New York City. His music is beautiful, surprising, deep, and will twist your head right around. Ecstatic melody, unimaginable sounds, and deep sexy beats played Industrial Flutes, Bullhorn Harmonicas, Regurgitated Music Box, Triple Extended Pennywhistles, Miniature Hand Bell Choir, Obnoxiophone, Glass Bowls With Red Marbles, human beat box, and a clutch of curious objects.

About Joyce SoHo

Joyce SoHo's onsite box office is only open one half-hour prior to performance time to sell tickets exclusively for that performance. Tickets may also be purchased online at joyce.org or via phone at 212-242-0800 or in person at The Joyce Theater at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street Mon-Sun, 12 noon-6pm. On days when there are performances, The Joyce Theater's box office is open through curtain time. Advance sales stop one hour prior to curtain times. For matinee curtains, advance sales begin one-half hour following that curtain time. The Joyce Theater's box office is closed on major holidays.

SKYBETTER AND ASSOCIATES
Joyce SoHo 155 Mercer (between Houston and Prince), NYC
B/D/F/M to Broadway – Lafayette Street; 6 to Bleecker Street; R to Prince Street
April 5-22, 2012
Tickets are $18 ($12 for students/seniors)
JoyceCharge: 212-242-0800, joyce.org
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