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Book of Clouds: a performance-installation contemplating the sublime sky
Baryshnikov Arts Center, John Cage & Merce Cunningham Studio
New York, NY
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Book of Clouds: a performance-installation contemplating the sublime sky
June 7-10, 2017
Baryshnikov Arts Center, John Cage & Merce Cunningham Studio
450 W 37th Street (near 10th Avenue)

Book of Clouds is a collaborative performance-installation bringing together Time Lapse Dances Artistic Director Jody Sperling with Vancouver-based visual artist Amy-Claire Huestis, and composer, sound/video designer Omar Zubair. Collectively the three create a space for contemplating the celestial sublime. The work utilizes inventive light technologies, movement, and sonic composition to expand our perception of time and space.

Huestis engineers her own magic-lanterns (analog projection devices) and deploys them with her extraordinary hand-painted slides depicting her recorded drawings of clouds, sun, moon, and Earth. Zubair designs the sonic environment, shaping rhythms of light and motion, and layering in video systems. Sperling navigates the site-scape of light and sound, adding a kinetic energy to the images and embodying the act of gazing.

Events scheduled Wednesday through Saturday allow for a range of intimate experiences calling on us to deepen our relationship with our local skyscape. Join us Wednesday for a stellar benefit event including an encore presentation of Time Lapse Dances Ice Cycle which transports the Arctic ice-scape to the stage, followed by a champagne sunset reception and the first NYC iteration of Book of Clouds. Thursday we invite you for a talk about clouds and climate before the performance. Friday you'll have a chance talkback with the artists following the show. Saturday theres a free family workshop and a six-hour durational iteration of the performance-installation. Come early and often!

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 7 - 7:30pm
TLD Benefit - $65 General | $30 Artist Rate | $100 Patron (includes $35 tax-deductible contribution)
Join us on opening night for a performance of the work Ice Cycle, Book of Clouds: Iteration I + Champagne Reception

Thursday, June 8 - 7:30pm
Climate Talk + Book of Clouds  $10
This evening begins with a panel discussion with atmospheric scientists and climate educators on the complex interactions between global climate change, cloud formation, and precipitation. Book of Clouds: Iteration II will begin following the talk and a sunset intermission.

Friday, June 9 - 7:30pm
Book of Clouds + Artist Talkback  $10
This evening begins with Book of Clouds: Iteration III, followed by an artist talkback discussing the work.

Saturday, June 10 - 2pm
Free Family Workshop
Join Time Lapse Dance for a cloud dance workshop. The program is designed for children (ages 5-11) who will be partnered by one parent/caregiver.  Adults and children will move together. Capacity limited  advance preregistration recommended.

Saturday, June 10 - 3pm
Book of Clouds Durational Installation
This extended installation-performance will occur from 3pm-9pm, where attendees are welcome to arrive and experience the work at their own pace. Entry to the installation is $10, and tickets will be sold the same day. Re-entry for guests who leave and return within the 6 hour period will be subject to venue capacity.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council.


Baryshnikov Arts Center, John Cage & Merce Cunningham Studio (View)
450 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Visual

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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