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Come Out & Play
6 days of projects organized by Azeb Worku Sibane, Vicky Shick, Daniel Seiple, Sheree Rose, Radhika Subramaniam, and Shelly Silver

Jocasta preview
Organized by Vicky Shick
with work by Elise Kermani and Barbara Kilpatrick

Friday, June 6, 2008
11:00 am – 7:00 pm


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Two video excerpts from Elise Kermani's Jocasta will be projected simultaenously on two walls, while sound and image intersect and play off of each other. Jocasta is a 53 minute experimental film inspired by Euripides' play "The Phoenician Women" (c.410 b.c.) directed by Elise Kermani with production design by Barbara Kilpatrick and cinematography by Alan McIntyre Smith. In the gallery are artifacts from the film: Polyneikes' helmet, Jocasta's breastplate, Antigone's burial sponge and water bucket - all objects created by Barbara Kilpatrick for the film set.

Seen on video are: Vicky Shick (Chorus Leader/Guest Dancer), Melli Hoppe (Antigone, Choreographer), Marty New (Jocasta), Michael Potts (Oedipus/Polyneikes), McKinney Danger James (little girl), and Kevin James, Steve Swell, Chris McIntyre and Mike Selzer (trombonists).

Jocasta will have its premiere screening at NewFilmmakers at the Anthology Film Archives on September 24, 2008. A site specfic performance, with 4 trombonists and 2 dancers will precede the screening. For more information about the film see: www.elisekermani.com/jocasta.html and info on the premiere: www.newfilmmakers.com

Vicky Shick has been involved in the NYC dance community since the late 70's as a performer, choreographer and teacher. She was a member of the Trisha Brown Company for six years and has also danced with many other NY based choreographers including Wendy Perron, Stephen Petronio, Susan Rethorst, Sara Rudner and Sally Silvers. For more than a decade she has collaborated with visual artist, Barbara Kilpatrick and for the past five years their work has become a three-way collaboration with performer/composer, Elise Kermani. She has received a "Bessie" Award for performance and another one for sustained creative achievement with Barbara Kilpatrick. In New York she teaches for the Trisha Brown Company, Movement Research and Hunter College. Vicky is a 2006 grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Elise Kermani is a sound and multimedia artist who is a recent graduate from the European Graduate School's PhD program in Media Philosophy (www.egs.edu) where she studied with film and philosophy luminaries Avital Ronell, Wolfgang Schirmacher, Giorgio Agamben, Jean Luc-Nancy, Peter Greenaway, Victor Burgin, Jacques Derrida, Atom Egoyan and Elia Suleiman. The last 20 years she has been creating sound design for many artists - most recently with Vicky Shick and Barbara Kilpatrick.

Barbara Kilpatrick is a visual artist whose recent work has related to dance and performance, where her sculpture functions as set, costume and installation. Her photographs and sculpture have been presented as solo exhibitions at Dance Theater Workshop, St Markís Church, The Kitchen, and most recently in Northampton, Reading and Kutztown, Pennsylvania, as artist in residence in The New Arts Program. Her work has also been included in group shows in museums and galleries, including the Trisha Brown Dance Company benefit exhibition at the Pace Gallery. Her photographs have been published in The New York Times, Dance Magazine, Village Voice, and Time Out New York. She has worked with a number of choreographers through the New York region, and received, with Vicky Shick, a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for their body of collaborative work. Their work together has been seen at Dance Theater Workshop, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Kitchen, Danspace at St. Markís Church, the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Project, P.S. 122, and Movement Research at Judson Church. Her work with sound designer/composer Elise Kermani includes the AVA Project (2002), the Aleph Project (2002), Undoing (2003), Repair (2005) and Venus Hum: an imaginary performance (2006).

Vicky, Barbara and Elise are currently creating a new dance performance which will premiere in Budapest January, 2009 and at Dancespace in March, 2009.