This is an open rehearsal where dancers of Ananya Dance Theatre will respond to the work of two artists: David Byrd, “War is Always With Us,” and Jody Isaacson, “Form and Memory.”
Imagined as a meditation that looks at the madness of violence, the evening will arrive at a participatory practice, where dancers and audience members together explore breath, flow, and light. Please bring a candle if you can!
The event is free and open to the public. Directions & Parking.
War is Always With Us: For 30 years, the late David Byrd worked as a night orderly in the psychiatric ward in a Veterans Administration Medical Hospital in Montrose, NY. The series of paintings illustrate the daily routines and individual personalities of institutionalized veterans. Byrd’s careful compositions reflect the isolation and desperation of mental illness, which few other artists have explored with such empathy and understanding.
Form and Memory: Installation artist Jody Isaacson installs more than 160 hand dipped life pendulums from the gallery ceiling. Each wax form represents a person, now passed away, from Isaacson’s life. One dip for each year of an individual life accumulates into a candle pendulum that represents the time spent to remember each individual. Each relationship builds the installation, the artist’s life history currently suspended in the gallery.