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Posted on September 30, 2012
The Artist(s) at Large are Lost Words by Miriam Aziz
Miriam Aziz and Artist (s) at Large premiere Lost for Words as featured artists as part of the multi-media salon concert series produced by NYsoundCircuit
at Mary Flagler Cary Hall, the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, – home of the Orchestra of St Lukes. Dancers, musicians and other invited artists curate the search for movement and gestures that may, if not replace words, co-exist with them, and perhaps even surpass them.
Lost for Words is the culmination of the Artist(s) at Large performance lab founded by Miriam Aziz in 2011 and directed and choreographed by her. A new creative platform, dancers experimented with music and movement in rehearsal studios at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York in order to develop exercises in communication through music, dance, theatre and film. Every session was filmed and was edited into an on-line Video archive called Were you with Me? which was designed to encourage discussion of the experience of being speechless. The result, Lost for Words, is a play on words where the listener is invited to participate in the art of story-telling.
“I composed the music for Lost for Words through movement,” remarked Aziz. “I worked with members of Artist (s) at Large as I created choreography and mis-en-scènes. It was thrilling if a little unsettling at times as I was not used to composing music this way, that is to say, through and with the body and not before it or simply as though it did not exist. I started to think about whether it was possible to co-ordinate different dimensions of communication not only as a part of a Gesamtkunstwerk but as a way of rethinking of what counts as testimony.” In all her work, Aziz’s past scholarship and experience as a lawyer has been concerned with how rules of law and etiquette frame the way we communicate, particularly in the face and aftermath of human rights violations. Lost for Words is also part of a research project which has been developed at Cardozo Law School, where Miriam Aziz is currently a visiting scholar.
Miriam Aziz and Artist (s) at Large premiere Lost for Words as part of NYsoundCircuit, a multi-media salon concert series at Mary Flagler Cary Hall at the DiMenna Center, New York – 450 W 37th Street, Saturday October 20, 2012, The show will begin at 8pm. Admission is$10.
Music and Mis-en-scène by Miriam Aziz. It is performed by:
Dancers: Mariliana Arvelo, Miriam Aziz, Jamie Chandler, Sarah Eyde, Bethania Rivera, Cedric Todd.
Musicians: William Catanzaro, percussion; Pablo Masis trumpet.
Videographer: Jimmy Ferguson
For further information see: http://miriamaziz.wordpress.com/
Photograph courtesy of Stefano de Luigi
Support for this performance was made possible by subsidized rehearsal space at the Baryshnikov Arts Center by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Read more from Miriam Aziz – The Artist is at Large http://miriamaziz.wordpress.com/