DANCE PROJECT AND GREENHILL COLLABORATE FOR AN EVENING OF DANCE AND INNOVATIVE JEWELRY
(GREENSBORO, NC) Dance Project and GreenHill announce Ornament Performed, an evening of dance and innovative jewelry accessorized with ornamental appetizers and wine, on Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in GreenHill’s gallery. Ornament Performed celebrates studio jewelry and the foundations of jewelry as objects that are designed to enhance the human body. Ornament Performed also encourages new ways of thinking about jewelry that reaches beyond notions of embellishment and ornament to include movement, sound, and narrative.
Jewelry from GreenHill’s exhibition Beyond Ornament will be worn by dancers who will mingle with the crowd, pausing at moments then continuing with improvisational moments inspired by the pieces they are wearing or holding. Beyond Ornament is a significant survey exhibition highlighting North Carolina makers of studio jewelry on view August 3 – November 4, 2018. The show features objects that embellish the human body and question what jewelry and ornament can be. Through sculptural installation, juxtapositions of scale, alternative materials, and narrative content, the artists in Beyond Ornament broaden the context for jewelry. They bridge cutting-edge concepts and traditional skills blurring the boundaries between art, craft, and design.
Ornament Performed will be an immersive theater experience allowing the audience to approach the jewelry in the exhibition from a new perspective. Seemingly spontaneous choreographed dances by two or three dancers will be interspersed in the hour-long dance, weaving stories about the objects. Following a call for artists, Winston-Salem based choreographer Chris Yon was selected to create original choreography for Ornament Performed. The dances will be accompanied by a backdrop of musical soundscapes. Yon will speak about his choreography at the end of the performance. Yon’s choreographies have been presented nationally and internationally at American Dance Festival, La Moma, The Knitting Factory and the Walker Art Center to name a few. Yon shares a rehearsal and teaching practice with Taryn Griggs in Winston-Salem and is an adjunct instructor at Appalachian State University. Ornament Performed is part of the 2018 NC Dance Festival organized by Dance Project. The NC Dance Festival is a touring showcase of modern and contemporary dance by NC choreographers, now celebrating its 28th season. For the full season information, visit danceproject.org/festival.
Edie Carpenter, Director, Curatorial & Artistic Programs at GreenHill and Curator of Beyond Ornament says, “I am excited to see how under Yon’s direction works such as Sarah West and Lisa Klakulak’s body piece in steel, silver and felt will be activated by dancers. Through their movements, they will interpret the concept of the piece as a protective shield, which its authors suggest transforms ‘an individual’s natural state to one that is powerfully guarded.’”
Tickets are $15/person. Seating will be available in the gallery. For more information and to purchase tickets online go to GreenHillNC.org/ornament-performed.
GreenHill, located in Downtown Greensboro, is a nonprofit visual art center with the vital mission to support and advocate for the art and artists of our home state, North Carolina. At GreenHill professional artists have meaningful opportunities throughout their careers to participate in a wide range of exhibitions. We provide economic support to artists through the sale of their art in our world-class galleries. Novice artists, from toddlers and young students to lifelong learners, can learn and stretch their creative muscles through our studio-based educational programs. Tap into your creative side by making art, purchasing original works of art and viewing exhibitions that inspire and pique your imagination. At GreenHill there is something for everyone. For more information visit www.GreenHillNC.org.