New Works: Lydia Bell & Lindsay Benedict/ Kathleen Kelley
KATHLEEN KELLEY, co-artistic director/choreographer of Labor Force Dances, trained with the Raleigh School of Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from UNC-Greensboro. Her choreography has been shown at several venues in North Carolina, South Carolina, and New York, including Triskelion Arts (WAXworks), Durham Arts Council, Saint Mary's School (Raleigh, NC), The Wellness Center for the Arts (Durham, NC), and Coker College (Hartsville, SC). In addition to choreographing for Labor Force Dances, Kathleen performs with Israeli choreographer Deganit Shemy and Malaysian choreographer Mei Yin Ng/Mei-BE whatever.
LYDIA BELL is a dance artist based in Ridgewood, Queens. She grew up in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Wesleyan University in 2007 with a BA in Dance and Classics. Her work investigates the emotional lives of bodies and places through the choreography of domestic situations, actions, and objects. In 2008 she was included in a group show âMaximum Perception: Contemporary Brooklyn Performanceâ at English Kills Art Gallery. She has also shown work in New York at Envoy Enterprises, Eyelevel Gallery, Pier 36 Arts Festival, Triskelion Arts, AUNTS, Green Space, Bushwick Open Studios, and Arts Cure Center. In 2009 she was a recipient of a FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) grant. Recently she collaborated with artist Gabi Schillig on âBeneath the Skin,â an urban intervention with wearable textile objects. Lydia has also worked with Kim Root, Clarinda Mac Low and Eiko & Koma. Currently she is serving as coordinator for the Eiko & Koma Retrospective Project.
Through film, performance, and various media LINDSAY BENEDICT presents us with fragments and gestures that examine and question social relations. In her work, affect and raw emotion are often deployed to disrupt and destabilize any simple reading of human connections. A wide ranging temporality, from more deliberate and slowly conceived films and sewn texts to the more immediately gestural drawings allow a dense layering of material and narrative to unravel and intertwine simultaneously. Lindsay Benedict was born in Port Jefferson, New York, and currently lives in Brooklyn. She received a BA from Williams College, an MFA from UC Berkeley and was a recent studio fellow the Whitney Independent Study Program. Benedict has recently shown at Bose Pacia and PS 122 in Manhattan, in the Movement Research 2009 Spring Festival, the Berkeley Art Museum, and in the Emergency Biennial; she has screened at the Detroit Museum of New Art (MONA), New Langton Arts in San Francisco, and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA.
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