SIGNAL, New York
August 27th - October 2nd, 2016

Madeline Hollander's "Drill" is a durational performance, featuring between 2-7 dancers, that will be performed throughout the month. "Drill" uses the evacuation procedure diagrams for museums, airplanes, universities, movie theaters, theme parks, and other public structures and cultural institutions as the basis for a series of choreographic scores. Each performer enacts a specific trajectory as described by one of the emergency floor plans, looping continuously from the given "You Are Here" symbol through one of the exits, and then back through the "Entrance" to begin again.

Several deployed aircraft evacuation slides are suspended from the ceiling of the gallery and loom over the performers, in the style of an aerospace museum display. "Drill" features dancers Kayla Farrish, Jeremy Pheiffer, Katie Gaydos, Asami Tomida, Andrew Champlin, Madeline Hollander, and Marielis Garcia. With an original score by $3.33 (Celia Hollander).

(Photo by Ernst Fischer)

Performer Bios:

Madeline Hollander is a New York-based artist who works primarily with performance and video. Hollander has exhibited works at the Judson Church, NY; Untitled Art Fair, Miami, FL; Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery, NY; the Sculpture Center, NY; Jack Hanley Gallery, NY; Tina Kim Gallery, NY; The Kitchen, NY; Torrance Shipman Gallery, NY; and Human Resources, LA. Hollander has danced professionally with Los Angeles Ballet, CA, and Barcelona Ballet, Spain. She is a current recipient of the 2016 Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship and an MFA candidate in the Film/Video department at Bard College.

Andrew Champlin, originally from Portland, Oregon, is a dancer and dance educator based in New York City. After studying at The School of American Ballet, Mr. Champlin earned his B.A. from The New School with a focus on sociology and dance. Mr. Champlin has performed internationally in works by Jillian Peña, Ryan McNamara, Macklin Kowal, Miguel Gutierrez, Pam Tanowitz, Phillipe Parreno and Xavier le Roy.

Kayla Farrish was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina into a dance-loving family. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2013 and received the Gertrude Shurr Award for excellence in modern dance and passionate dancing. Since moving to New York, she has worked with choreographers including Helen Simoneau Danse, Kate Weare Company, Aszure Barton and Artists, Gallim Dance, Chris Masters Dance, Bryn Cohn, Elena Vazintaris, Bare Dance Company, Schoen Movement Company, Matthew Westerby Dance Company, CEMA Dance, and others.

Marielis Garcia was born in NYC. She received her BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. Marielis has worked with choreographers Johannes Wieland, Robert Battle, Larry Keigwin, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Andrea Miller, and Shannon Gillen, and has danced with ODC, City Dance Ensemble and Stefanie Battan Bland. Marielis currently dances in the Brian Brooks Moving Company and Peter Kyle Dance. Marielis teaches dance at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the arts and in NYC public schools.

Katie Gaydos is a Brooklyn-based dance artist and writer. Since graduating from UC Berkeley she has danced with Yannis Adoniou’s KUNST-STOFF, Robert Moses’ Kin Dance and most recently with Madeline Hollander. She has presented her own work at KUNST-STOFF Arts and Triskelion Arts. Her writing appears in The San Francisco Bay Guardian, In Dance and on the blog Culturebot. She is also the co-editor of Ugly Duckling Presse’s performance publication Emergency INDEX.

Asami Tomida was born in Japan and trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary and Gaga. She received her B.A. from Nihon University College of Art in 2009, and graduated from Hunter College in New York as a Dance major in 2013. Tomida has worked with choreographers Stefanie Batten Bland, Donna Uchizono, Julian Barnet, Yuki Hasegawa & Doug Varone, Samuel Pott, and Ray Sullivan. 

Jeremy Pheiffer is a Brooklyn native choreographer/performer. He is currently dancing for Ilona Bito (Panoply - November), Thea Little (Metrotech, Brooklyn Museum, Triskelion - September) and working in a collaborative project organized by Niki Singleton (The Bunker - November). Pheiffer’s work has been presented at Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, St. Marks Church in the Bowery, and WeisAcres.

$3.33 (Celia Hollander) is an artist and electronic music producer based in Los Angeles. $3.33 works with recording, performance, installation, radio shows, scores and writing as mediums for experimentation with the subjectivity of time and connection through shared experience. Her work and performance has been featured at MoCA, 356 Mission, Human Resources, Various Small Fires and the LA Contemporary Archive.

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