Oscillating While Dreaming (2015)

Photo: Crossman Dans(c)e

Museum of Arts and Design | Lobby / Outdoors
2 Columbus Circle, NYC

Saturday, November 7 at 2pm & 4pm
$ Free
Directions by Subway: A, C, B, D, 1 Train to Columbus Circle.

In Oscillating While Dreaming, choreographer Dylan Crossman creates a site-specific dance in response to an installation of outdoor bronze sculptures by a leading figure in American art furniture and noted sculptor Wendell Castle. This free public performance will be held on Saturday, November 7 at 2pm and 4pm.

Joining Crossman is long-time Merce Cunningham Dance Company dancer Lisa Boudreau and new Shen-Wei Dance Arts recruit Russell Stuart Lilie. Oscillating While Dreaming is commissioned for Wendell Castle Remastered by Katerina Llanes, Manager of Public Programs at MAD. Costume design by Quinn Czejkowski in collaboration with Dylan Crossman.

Dylan Crossman, former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, brings this unique pedigree to his own dances that have been called “compellingly poetic” by The New York Times. In Oscillating While Dreaming, Crossman investigates Castle’s balance of organic and modern forms simulating this balance into the making of this dance while acknowledging the need for art to address “relative failure”: spontaneous accidents that lead the maker into new realms of discovery. Failure is always there as a possibility and as an incentive. Here the circumstances of the performance, outdoors and in a public space, make failure inherent. Yet it is the pursuit of a fluid assimilative performance is what interests Crossman: bridging the relationship between the architecture of sculpture and dance in both the study of abstract and literal form. Oscillating While Dreaming is Crossman’s search to animate the human hand in Castle’s formal yet abstract sculptural works.

“Wendell Castle sculptures are both so incredibly dynamic: alive even in their stillness; that the organic connection with me and my dancers exists as soon as we enter the work. The sculptures become another set of bodies that we connect to and partner with. Just as dancers so often become living sculptures. As the work develops, ambiguity lies in weather we frame them or they frame us.”

–Dylan Crossman, choreographer

Dylan Crossman (Choreographer / Dancer) graduated from the Laban Centre (UK) in 2006 and performed at Burklyn Ballet Theatre before moving to New York. He joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009 after working daily with Merce for two years as an understudy. Now freelance, Crossman works with Kimberly Bartosik/Daela, Julia K. Gleich/Gleich Dances, Ryan McNamara, Sally Silvers and Pam Tanowitz. He is a faculty member for the Cunningham Trust, a NYLA associate artist and instructor at Purchase College. In 2013, he established his own company, Crossman Dans(c)e. The company looks at identity issues in human behavior and has been presented by Abrons Arts Center, the 92nd Street Y: Fridays @ Noon Series, Roulette, and La MaMa. BOUND, his latest solo (2015), received a Foundation for Contemporary Art's emergency grant. Other awards include a Bessie Schonberg Award for his performance in Pam Tanowitz's Be in the Grey with me. Crossman’s Kid Birds received a French Cultural and Artistic Audacity Award in 2014.

Lisa Boudreau (Dancer) graduated from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and became a member of the Cunningham Dance Foundation Repertory Group in August 1994 and then danced with the company (1994-2008). Lisa currently teaches Cunningham technique classes at the Merce Cunningham Trust.

Russell Stuart Lilie (Dancer) graduated from Idyllwild Academy in 2008 and completed his BFA in Dance at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2011. Since graduation, Russell has danced for Shen Wei Dance Arts, Greene Lilie, Dai Jian Dance, Jordan Isadore and others. His choreographic works have been presented at NYU, Danspace, La MaMa, Gibney Dance Center and Bennington College. He has also taught dance, dance composition and improvisation in New York, at Bennington College and at Beijing Normal University in China.

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields—presenting artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill to their work. Since the Museum’s founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum’s curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives. MAD provides an international platform for practitioners who are influencing the direction of cultural production and driving 21st-century innovation, fostering a participatory setting for visitors to have direct encounters with skilled making and compelling works of art and design.

Related Press:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/22/arts/dance/review-bound-and-ecsteriority4-part-2-explore-confinement-and- collision.html?_r=0

http://www.artsjournal.com/dancebeat/2015/05/against-the- wall/

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/13/arts/dance/dylan- crossman-tara-ocon-and-stacy-grossfield-at-roulette.html