American Realness

Sarah Maxfield

Nonlinear Lineage: Over/Heard


466 Grand Street / FREE

Over/Heard is a listening installation of stories and musings collected through the Nonlinear Lineage project. Nonlinear Lineage is an effort to share a criss-crossing artistic lineage of experimental dance and performance in New York City, through elements of oral history, an ephemera archive, live interviews and other events, which highlight historic performance in conversation with contemporary practice. Nonlinear Lineage is an auto-ethnographic project organized by Sarah Maxfield, in collaboration with Elliott Jenetopulos.

created by Sarah Maxfield in collaboration with Laurie Berg, Brad Kisicki, and Elliott Jenetopulos
lighting by Chloe Z. Brown
stories contributed by Laurie Berg, John Kelly, Salley May, Lucy Sexton, and more

Sarah Maxfield investigates contemporary performance and its history through practice, discussion, and critical theory. She creates live performance and, with equal focus, creates structures for viewing and discussing performance and its context. Maxfield’s work has been presented by The Chocolate Factory Theater, P.S. 122, and the Museum of Arts and Design, among other venues in NYC and beyond. Maxfield has contributed writing to The Brooklyn Rail, The Performance Club, and the Movement Research Performance Journal, and she was a Context Notes Writer for Dance Theater Workshop’s final season. Maxfield currently curates THROW, an ongoing performance development series at The Chocolate Factory Theater. She is also developing a festival to honor the work of performance artist Tom Murrin and collecting an artist-driven archive of experimental dance and performance in New York, titled Nonlinear Lineage, of which this exhibition is a part. Maxfield is currently a fellow at Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement.

Laurie Berg works in multiple forms including dance, performance, collage, jewelry, and video. She was a 2013 New York Live Arts Studio Series Resident Artist and a 2010 Movement Research Artist-In-Residence. Her newest work, The Afterlife, will be presented May 15-17, 2014 at The Invisible Dog Art Center as part of The Joyce Theater’s new Unleashed Series.  Laurie currently co-produces AUNTS, an underground platform for dance and performance, with Liliana Dirks-Goodman.
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Chloë Z Brown is a Brooklyn based lighting designer and production manager. She was the Director of Production at New York Live Arts and Dance Theater Workshop from 2002 – 2013. In her work as a designer she collaborates with great artists such as Ivy Baldwin, Andrew Dinwiddie, Jeanine Durning, Juliana May, Sarah Maxfield, David Neumann, Heather Olson, Brian Rogers, Vicky Shick, Chris Yon and many more. In 2005, she was honored with a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for her lighting of Amanda Loulaki’s La la la la, Resistance (The Island of Breezes)at DTW. She loves her work.

Elliott Jenetopulos works in design and production of experimental dance and performance. As a lighting designer, Elliott prefers to use a holistic approach to making work, always striving to serve the work and the process. Elliott has worked with Jen Rosenblit, Sarah Leonard, Saifan Shmerer, Ursula Eagly, Kim Brandt. In the coming months, Elliott will be designing lights for niv Acosta, Tess Dworman, Jen Rosenblit, Lorene Bouboushian, and luciana achugar.

Brad Kisicki is a Designer, Technical Director and Production Manager who has been fortunate to work with many wonderful organizations, companies and individuals. Currently he works as an Architect specializing in performing arts facilities at Auerbach Pollock Friedlander. Brad was the Production Manager for the Aspen Music Festival for 10 seasons and the Technical Director at Dance Theater Workshop for 5 seasons among many other great jobs. He holds a BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts, an M.Arch from the Rhode Island School of Design and a monthly Metro Card.