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Placed on a pedestal in front of us, two bodies move slowly together: head to head, hand by hand, forehead to forehead; their limbs seem to continually touch each other, freezing in a pose and going on with the movement to form a flux of images before our eyes. Their clothes refer to a construction site, as if they are sculpting something, though the only material that is sculpted here is their own bodies. Artist in a unique territory between dance and visual arts, Maria Hassabi returns to the festival, and for the first time in the industrial spaces of KANAL – Centre Pompidou, with a new intimate form inspired by narrative cinema. Starting from the question “how to be together when everything is falling apart?”, TOGETHER is a mesmerizing jewel, delicately built on contrasts: between minimalism and tenderness; between the intimate dimension of a relation, and the public one of a city, surrounding the two dancers through the glass windows of KANAL – Centre Pompidou ; between classical sculpture and a post-industrial present; and ultimately, between choreography and its capacity of carrying hidden narratives, perhaps different for each of us.
Confronted with the SARS-CoV-2 crisis, we had to cancel this project
Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts-KANAL – Centre Pompidou
Concept: Maria Hassabi
Performed: Maria Hassabi and Oisín Monaghan
Sound Design: Stavros Gasparatos and Maria Hassabi
Outfits: Victoria Bartlett
TOGETHER (2019) was commissioned by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St Louis and
supported by Extended Life a Program of the Lower Manhattan Council of the Arts.
Maria Hassabi is an artist and choreographer based in New York City and Athens. Since the early 2000s, she has presented her performances and installations worldwide in theaters, museums, galleries, and public spaces including the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St Louis (2019); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018); K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf (2017-18); documenta14, Kassel (2017); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017); MoMA, New York (2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2015); The 55th Venice Biennale (2013); Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels (2017, 2016, 2014); ArtSonje, Seoul (2015); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2014); Performa New York (2019, 2014, 2009); The Kitchen, New York (2019, 2016, 2013, 2011, 2006), amongst others. Hassabi has received the 2019 Performa Malcolm McClaren Award; a 2016 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award; 2015 Herb Alpert Award; 2012 President’s Award for Performing Arts from LMCC; 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship; 2009 Grants to Artists Award from Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and is an Onassis Decade Resident 2019-2029.