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Creativity in Motion: Jane Franklin Dance @ MoCA is a site specific response to the gallery spaces at the contemporary art museum and visual arts center based in Arlington, Virginia. The 35 min free program takes place at 2pm and 3pm on Saturday May 6, 2023.
The performance features works by choreographers Sarah J. Ewing, Jane Franklin, Robert J. Priore, Kevin White for Forty+ Project and is directed by Jane Franklin.
Dance and movement frames Make Your Mark, a large-scale abstract sculpture designed and built by Arlington-based artist Adam Henry for the Museum’s lawn. (Make Your Mark (2022) by Adam Henry courtesy the artist and MoCA Arlington) Jane Franklin’s work Drums connect the outdoors and the sculpture as performers accumulate through movement, rhythm and cadence.
Viewers are then guided into the historic building for Fall Line, a work inspired by the Potomac River and by visual art by Elizabeth Matthews Great Falls at Dusk and David Whitmore Extant. The work takes place on the stairways and then travels along the main foyer on the way to the Tiffany Gallery.
SAND (SALT), a work by Sarah Ewing, is a dance about the last few steps before a story begins. When your feet can touch the sand but your body is still surrounded by the waves of the ocean. You have almost arrived but not quite yet – it’s that last burst of energy before you can start. Original music is “Burning Bridges” by Kangding Ray
Also in the Tiffany Gallery, Kevin White premiers a new work performed by Forty+ Project, a community of performers past the age of 40. The group explores movement and creativity within a cooperative structure.
Robert J. Priore’s work Untitled frames a partnership within a larger group dynamic. Music is by Sofian Parmart “Madagascar”, “Why Hurt the One Who Loves You” by Roy Orbison, and “Gysgewys” by Amsterdam Klezmer Band
Jane Franklin’s premier work, The Reminder explores memory and solace.