AUGUST 26, 2017 | 6:00PM
Rockaway Beach, NY at Beach 110th street and Shorefront Parkway
Arena is a new performance by Madeline Hollander composed of a series of duets featuring beach rake truck and seven dancers. The work presents a choreographic study of dissipative structures and autopoiesis, as well a homage to the contradictions inherent in the documentation of ephemeral art forms. The beach rakes clear pathways that become the stage for the dancers, whose movement patterns are recorded through their tracks in the newly combed sand. The first half of the performance presents dancers following in the wake of the trucks, leaving a legible trail of notation in the sand. The second half presents the reverse - the trucks follow close behind the dancers, erasing all footprints and traces of movement, or existence, as they go. This is repeated ad infinitum until the sun goes down.
Performers: Asami Tomida, Lauren Newman, Michael Sean Breeden, Neil Marshal, Lloyd Knight, Madeline Hollander, and Evelyn Kocak. Original sound composition by Celia Hollander. The performance is part of Beach Sessions Dance Sessions, Rockaway Beach.
Financial Times - Madeline Hollander's Beach Sessions, NY - "Quietly Poignant"
New York Times - Guide to Dance Performances - August 24, 2017
New Yorker - Beach Sessions Dance Series - August 24, 2017
Photography by Samantha Casolori & Justin Chao. Film stills by Sam Fleischner