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Chinati to Host L.A. Dance Project in Residency last week of May

May 18th, 2017 under Arts

MARFA — Beginning on May 22, The Chinati Foundation will host L.A. Dance Project in residency in Marfa for several days while they rehearse a series of performances that have been conceived in response to Chinati’s collection. The series, entitled Marfa Dance Episodes, will be performed in situ at the museum and streamed live on the web over Memorial Day Weekend. Chinati will host events over the weekend in connection with the L.A. Dance Project residency.

On Friday, May 26, an open rehearsal for members of the Marfa community will be held in the Arena from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. The rehearsal is free and everyone is invited to attend. Beginning on Saturday, May 27 and continuing through Monday, May 29, Marfa Dance Episodes will be streamed live at 2:00 PM Central Time on the video platform Periscope. The performances may be viewed by accessing or by following a link on the Chinati website homepage. A film screening of Reset, a documentary chronicling Benjamin Millepied’s first project with the Paris Opera Ballet, will be held at the Lumberyard on Monday, May 29, at 8:00 PM. The screening is free and everyone is welcome.

L.A. Dance Project was co-founded in 2012 by the dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied to create new work in collaboration with visual artists, musicians, designers, film directors, and composers. Regarding the works the company will perform at Chinati, Millepied states: “A few years ago I had the opportunity of visiting the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, founded by Donald Judd.

While I was accustomed to the work of Judd, seeing it up close in Marfa was a revelation. His work and vision made sense in a way I couldn’t have anticipated and it was one of the most inspiring experiences of my life. I quickly began to imagine creating site-specific dances in the museum’s spaces.

With the recent arrival of live public platforms like Periscope comes the opportunity to broadcast worldwide. We have created dances in locations at Chinati, all set to scores by American composers including John Adams, Michael Galasso, Charles Ives, David Lang, Caroline Shaw, and Steve Reich.

The movements of the dancers will be filmed by a moving camera acting as an additional dancer, and will give the opportunity for many people to encounter the work of Judd and the artists in the Chinati Foundation collection.”

L.A. Dance Project’s residency at Chinati was made possible with generous support from Van Cleef and Arpels, Matt and Mikelle Kruger, Matthew Goudeau, Jenny and Trey Laird, Periscope, and the Chinati Contemporary Council. Chinati’s educational and public programming is supported with generous grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Brown Foundation, the Hearst Foundations, the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation, the Permian Basin Area Foundation, and the Cowles Charitable Trust. Chinati is grateful for the generous financial support of our members and the support and in-kind contributions of the people of Marfa and far West Texas including Big Bend Brewing Company, The City of Marfa, The Lumberyard, and Marfa Hardware.

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