Provocative, virtuosic, ferociously intimate: this is how one begins to describe the approach of choreographer Kimberly Bartosik. A Bessie Award-winning performer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, her own dance works are a complex play on space, time, emotion and audience perspective. Kimberly Bartosik/daela, recently performed at the prestigious Wexner Center for the Arts in 2018. She is currently a NYLA Live Feed Artist in Residence. The company will have its BAM Next Wave debut November 2018 with Bartosik's newest work, I hunger for you.NDP TOUR SUPPORT AVAILABLE.
Bartosik’s provocative new work I hunger for you focuses on the need for faith and the collective desire for transformation. Set in a starkly beautiful environment defined by light and its absence, the piece looks deeply into the impulse to lose oneself in ecstasy, ritual, and desire—riding an edge between barely controlled abandon and vibrating stillness. I hunger for you reflects on Bartosik’s experience with Charismatic spirituality and acknowledges the co-existence of compassion and brutality in radical collective practices.
I hunger for you is commissioned by BAM and LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts Center through an inaugural year BAM/LUMBERYARD partnership. I hunger for you will have its world premiere at LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts where it also received significant development support in LUMBERYARD’s residency program.
The work is also made possible, in part, due to generous funding from: The MAP Fund, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; New York Live Arts’ Live Feed Residency Program; Bogliasco Foundation; Kaatsbaan International Dance Center; Centre Chorégraphique National-Ballet de Lorraine; DANCENOW Silo; and Pentacle’s ART Program. Production Residency and Community Engagement Grant funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance project, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
I hunger, the second of Bartosik’s two-phase project, is built from “the remnants of disappearance,” featuring three performers who are “left behind” from I hunger for you. Built alongside and from the remnants of its sister piece, I hungershares the process of delving into questions around the need for faith and a collective desire/hunger for transformation, unraveling the complicated and deeply human urge to believe in something beyond ourselves. Developed as part of NYLA’s 2017-19 Live Feed Residency Program, Bartosik will again work with her long time designer, Roderick Murray, to turn the theater into a void without edges. The centrifugal force of the work comes from the center—like the eye of a tornado—a seductive pull engulfing the audience and eclipsing the existence of a world beyond that force.
I hunger for you + I hunger (Phase 1-2)
NDP Tour Support Available
Both phases of I hunger for you (Phase 1-2) will be available for touring beginning Fall 2019. In addition to receiving an NDP Production and Touring Grant, this two phase project has also been awarded a 2017 MAP Fund grant.
Ecsteriority4 (Part 2)
Running Time: 32 minutes
Choreography: Kimberly Bartosik Lighting Design: Roderick Murray Sound Design: Kimberly Bartosik with excerpts from Untitled by Animal Collective Costume Design: Kimberly Bartosik Performers: Dylan Crossman, Aaron Burr Johnson, and Jamie Scott
Ecsteriority4 (Part 2) is a dance constructed within a landscape of power and desire, where irrational impulses create a feeling of urgency and the inevitability of violation. The sole scenic element is a wall that becomes both an embodied character, pushing the dancers back towards the audience, as well as a physical and psychic boundary. The performers engage in cycles of brief, intense encounters where nothing lingers or hesitates: each impulse is fully and boldly executed. At the far end of these physical extremes, however, exists a palpable sense of vulnerability—the coexistence of fragility and power—and the core of the trio. There is no resolution in this dance. It happens, and then it’s over, and, like violence, the act is instantaneous while the remnants never disappear.
Commissioned and performed at Abrons Arts Center in 2015 followed by tours to The Yard, MASS MoCA/co-presented with Jacob’s Pillow, Dance Place, and American Dance Festival. Funding support: FUSED: (French/US Exchange in Dance), New England Foundation for the Arts in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French-American Cultural Exchange; Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at Arizona State University; the Center for Performance Research’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Artist in Residence program.
Étroits sont les Vaisseaux
Running Time: 21 minutes
Choreography and Direction: Kimberly Bartosik in close collaboration with the performers Lighting and Set Design: Roderick Murray Costume Design: Kimberly Bartosik, Joanna Kotze, and Lance Gries Sound Design: Kimberly Bartosik and Roderick Murray Performers: Joanna Kotze and Lance Gries
Étroits sont les Vaisseauxis titled in homage to Anselm Kiefer’s 82-foot long, undulating, wave-like sculpture of the same name. In this work, Bartosik imagined time and space as palpable bodies, and collapsed an oceanic tidal cycle into minutes and seconds (from hours and minutes), framing how we witness time passing, and making the space between bodies visceral with intimacy and/or distance. With design by Roderick Murray, Étroits considers scale and proximity to invite the audience into the duet’s fabric, not only watching but moving inside the work toward its emotional core.
Étroits sont les Vaisseaux was created with commissioning support from Gibney Dance with funds provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and was supported in part by the Center for Performance Research’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Artist in Residence program. The work premiered in 2016 at Gibney Dance’s Agnes Varis Performance Lab where it was presented again as part of American Realness Festival 2017. Étroits toured to Wexner Center for the Arts in February 2018.
“After 9 years of watching me in Merce Cunningham’s work, my mother once said she lacked the language to discuss dance, preferring to remain silent rather than ‘get it wrong.’ Her perspective inspired my approach to engagement and my need to connect with people beyond the performance itself.” -Kimberly Bartosik
Residency Opportunities in Conjunction with: I hunger for you As an inaugural year recipient of NEFA/NDP’s Community Engagement Fund Award, the company offers a variety of outreach activities geared towards reaching out to local faith-based leaders and/or Religious Studies departments. Activities include roundtables based on the project’s themes, workshops for non-dancers, open rehearsals, informal showings followed by a discussion with the creators and audience, panel discussions with faith-based community leaders, and moderated post-show talks on the themes explored in I hunger for you.
Technique classes for Dancers The company offers contemporary technique classes that include, but are not limited to Cunningham Technique and movement approaches developed by Trisha Brown, Shen Wei, and John Jasperse. Bartosik also offers her own technique class, defined by her distinct mix of technical rigor from her years with Cunningham, infused with somatic practice drawn from her experience with Susan Klein Technique.
Class for non-Dancers For Bartosik, teaching – communication through bodies- breaks down barriers and allows for communication on different, non-verbal levels. She and her company teach to who is in the room (dancers + non dancers), using her ideas and movement approach to inspire conversation about art, its value in society, and the artist’s responsibility to engage with the world around them.
Creative Practice/Composition Class Bartosik leads classes that include a technical warm-up followed by structured improvisation, guiding students to work collaboratively, creating movement and forming original choreographic ideas.
Interdisciplinary Classes (tailored to each venue’s interest including):
Interactive Design and Composition
Designing for Dance
Movement Class for Designers
Production Class for Dancers
Based on Bartosik’s long-time collaborative partnership with Bessie-Award winning Lighting Designer, Installation Artist, and educator, Roderick Murray, the artist-team offers lectures, master classes, and workshops based on their extensive collaborative work with movement/dance, light, and installation. Interactive master classes and dance/design workshops invite students to work across disciplines and in collaboration, focusing on hands-on practice with lighting, set design, and movement. Classes, open to a wide range of dance and design students, are geared around available resources and student interest and include low or high-tech experimentation. Bartosik and Murray are dedicated to dynamic, cross discipline education, guiding students in areas of performance to complement their area of expertise: dance students learn backstage craft and design students engage in movement based exercises.
*Some university-based Interactive Dance & Design workshops may be eligible for funding subsidies made possible by an award from the Merce Cunningham Trust. Please inquire for details.
Open rehearsals, participation in panel discussions, pre- and post-performance talks also available.
“The effect is like a shot of compressed oxygen or standing at the edge of the Pacific, ions flying with each crashing wave.”
“Ms. Bartosik creates relationships that slip out from under themselves, transforming before you can name them. And why would you want to?”
The New York Times
“This is a ferocious piece. The intimacy is fierce, the reactions of the dancers’ bodies’ complex. Their breathing, their charged presences change my own breathing.”