Host Body is one part parlor talk, two parts choreographed absurdity, and a pinch of reality. The two day installation, made for the City of Newburgh by performance creators Sara Gurevich and Carlye Eckert, invites viewers to an experience that examines public/private decorum and social expectations over one too many cups of tea.
Through choreographed and improvised vignettes, conversations with each other and viewers, and the ritual hosting of a tea party, Eckert & Gurevich explore womanhood, play with societal expectations, and blur the line between performance and “real” life. The performance installation will be part of the 2018 Newburgh OPEN Studios, created, installed, and performed at Grit Works on September 29th & 30th, 2018.
Inspired by the body, interactions with environment; both found and created; interpretations and slivers of stories; some made up and some true. Conjuring elements of spontaneous creative potential; a promise to show up for the self and the work, to follow through, put the time in, dream, chance, excel, and move in to uncharted territories in the form of eleven short dance studies. These dances will be recorded and presented here via video.
A dance in the dark.
Choreographed and Performed by Carlye Eckert with Meghan Frederick
Presented by Chapman Steamer Arts and Newburgh Last Saturdays Newburgh, NY October 2015
In Totem, three performers explore sequences of spacial co-dependency and are assembled and reassembled into a corporeal collage.
Totem was created in part through a Leimay Fellowship 2013-2014 at CAVE, Brooklyn, NY.
Garden Box, explores time and memory as a shared experience between mother and daughter. It reflects upon the shift of perspective as we age, looking back on life, looking forward to the future, and what it means to live a generation apart so closely.
Conceived and Performed with Raelene Eckert Music Composed by Molly Joyce Video by Peter Eckert and David Fishel
Garden Box was created during the LEIMAY Fellowship 2013-2014, CAVE, Brooklyn, NY
Premiere at Judson Memorial Church, January 2013
RescYou centers on the link between two friends after a disaster leaves them stranded on an emergency life raft.
Choreographed and Performed in collaboration with John Sorensen-Jolink(Eckert+SorensenJolink) Sound Design by David Fishel Lighting Design by Miriam Crowe
Photos by Rachel Shane
"RescYou [ ] is a personal essay, revealing the kinetic individualities and artistic capabilities of its creators."
- Gus Solomons Jr., Gay City News
"Part of RescYou's success lies in what its own press release accurately terms 'flawless execution'..."
- Christopher Atamian, Huffington Post
Premiere at Center for Performance Research, October 2012
Project RUIN was developed in partnership with choreographer, Lucie Baker as a new model for collaboration: Two choreographers using the same set, same cast, and composer to develop two new works. The evening explores the notions of home, community, and the demolition of our internal and external environments.
Performed by Lucie Baker, Aaron Carr, Allysen Hooks, Tim Ward, and Carlye Eckert Music Composed by Michael Caterisano Set Design by Chimmy Ann Gunn Lighting Design by Miriam Crowe
Photos by Hope Davis Video by Darren Hoffman
"Ah, apocalypse. What better inspiration than the end of the world and the ragged, limitless possibilities of what comes after? Carlye Eckert [and Lucie Baker] create a cozy, possibly subterranean world full of ritual and games, in Project RUIN. Pioneer spirit thrives in the darkness of this new future."
-Quinn Batson, OFFOFFOFF
Circumstance Chance Situation
Premiere at Dixon Place, March 2011
Performed by Esme Boyce, Troy Ogilvie, and Arika Yamada