Beach Sessions Dance Series 2016

Visit Rockaway Beach with your family and friends for fun in the sun and stay for the dance festival during the evening! The Beach Sessions Dance Series returns to the sand and will feature Beach Sessions’ mission is to support creativity in the Rockaways, facilitate public engagement with contemporary dance on the peninsula and inspire sustained investment in the natural beauty of the Rockaway shoreline. Beach Sessions Dance Series is curated and organized by Sasha Okshteyn.

Beach 86 [map]  
Beach 90 [A] [S]  
Beach 86 [Q22] [Q52]  

Did you know … Q52 near Queens Center Mall goes straight to the beach!

Don’t like public transportation? Get a free ride to this event.

Saturday, August 20th | 6:30pm
Laurie Berg and BOOMERANG

Laurie Berg brings her latest work, The Mineralogy of Objects, out of the theater and onto the beach! Translating Variétés de Minéralogie Object (1939), a shadow box by artist Joseph Cornell, into a collective, kinetic exercise, The Mineralogy of Objects finds inspiration in Cornell’s repetition and transformation of a female silhouette. Berg works with her collection of objects and props, and the driving, visceral effects of a baseline beat, to create a space that is both highly structured and simultaneously fantastical. Created by Laurie Berg in collaboration with Jodi Bender, Bessie McDonough-Thayer and Jillian Sweeney. Original Sound by Karl Scholz. The Mineralogy of Objects premiered at Danspace Project in 2015.

BOOMERANG brings their latest work, Repercussion, a percussively visceral and psychologically dynamic work that explores “active forgetting” based on new writing by MacArthur Fellow and cultural critic Lewis Hyde. Repercussion was made in collaboration with Greg Saunier, drummer and founding member of the internationally-acclaimed band Deerhoof, and the costumes were created by threeASFOUR, recipients of the 2015 Cooper-Hewitt/Smithsonian Museum’s National Design Award. Repercussion was originally commissioned by Dixon Place for a March 2016 premiere in New York City and was subsequently premiered in Paris, France at the Arts Arena at the invitation of Robert Wilson.

Saturday, August 27th | 6:30pm
Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener Beach Sessions Dance Series Rockaway Beach Queens therockawaysny

Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, former Cunningham dancers who frequently collaborate at venues such as MoMa PS1, The Chocolate Factory, New York Live Arts, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Danspace Project, REDCAT, ICA Boston, will premiere new material at Beach Sessions. Mitchell and Riener’s collaborative work revels in the possibilities of the highly articulated dancing body where current and historical influences and aesthetic forms are collapsed into a hybrid physical and visually charged language. They have been particularly interested in creating dance in response to complex and active spatial environments.

Netta Yerushalmy, a Guggenheim and NYFA fellow, will be presenting an installment from her new project Paramodernities, which involves systematic de-creations of iconic choreographies paired with essays by scholars. Paramodernities is supported by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Watermill Center, Alvin Ailey New Directions Choreography Lab, Movement Research, and LMCC’s 2016-17 Extended Life program.