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Maria Hassabi

STAGING, World Premiere/Walker Commission

Part of Merce Cunningham: Common Time Performances, Merce Cunningham: Common Time

“[Hassabi’s work] endlessly rewards attention, creating a sort of spectacle of intimacy both generous and radical.” —Artforum

Occupying a space between live performance and visual art, artist/choreographer Maria Hassabi’s work explores stillness and sustained motion. Her sculptural movement installations examine the tension between the human form and the artistic object.

These magnetic performances of looped, long-form choreography will be performed by Simon Courchel, Jessie Gold, Hristoula Harakas, Maria Hassabi, Kennis Hawkins, Niall Jones, Mickey Mahar, Oisín Monaghan, and Nancy Stamatopoulou. Visitors encounter STAGING (2017), which runs continuously during gallery hours, in the Walker’s Cargill Lounge and Common Time exhibition galleries throughout the day.

STAGING includes a score by Marina Rosenfeld, outfits by Victoria Bartlett, and lighting supervision and assistant design by Zack Tinkelman.

Funding

STAGING (2017) is a co-commission of Aarhus 2017 (Denmark); documenta 14 (Kassel, Germany); Evergreen/Don River Valley Park (Toronto, Canada); the Keir Foundation, with support from Dancehouse Melbourne (Australia); and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts; and was developed during a residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York, NY).