Jansen & Holm announce the world premiere performance of Field Notes from Shaky Places, their first evening of solo and duet choreography, presented at The Tank (151 W. 46th st, 8th floor) on October 26th and 27th, at 7PM. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at brown paper tickets.
The event marks a new chapter in the partners’ collaborative history, which has been ongoing since 2009. CJ Holm and Krista Jansen met in a dance class and have been dancing with and for each other ever since. This has become a strong friendship and a fertile artistic relationship, evident in their work together.
Jansen & Holm make dances that are imaginative, spacious, and humane. Their work roots itself in an experiential understanding of the human condition, and uses image and metaphor to speak to a shared visceral truth. Their body-centered research includes gesture, spoken word, vocal music, and costume design, as well as pressing against the limits of dance technique.
“We just had so many dances that we loved,” says Ms. Jansen, “and new dances that we were building; we had to find a place to perform them all together.”
The program includes I want, I want, a dance about how long it takes us to do a simple task, and how much we get in the way of ourselves. The work involves many aspects of the same person, cradling arms, helping arms, stifling arms, invisible helpers, pulling different directions, dislocation and fracturing in physical imagery, other people’s influence in our actions, and absorbing memory.
The evening will also feature a sneak preview of Jansen & Holm’s newest work, Rare Birds. This new work asks the central questions: What was it like for birds before people came? And, what will it be like for people when all of the birds are gone? Through these questions, we are running up against themes of belonging (who belongs where? whose land is this?), of the shades of difference between what is “natural” and what is “good”, and the ways that external pressures (population pressure, for example) can put stress on previously unstrained relationships.
The event will take place Oct. 26-27 at the Tank, 151 w. 46th St. (between 6th and 7th Ave), 8th Floor. Tickets may be purchased at brown paper tickets.