event dates + times
Friday, April 14, 2017
730pm installation // 8pm performance // 9pm post-discussion
Saturday, April 15, 2017
530pm installation // 6pm performance // 7pm wrap party
$20 General Admission; $17 Presale until March 31 (online only);
$15 East Village/LES residents*, Students & Seniors with Valid ID
Bring a crew of 6 people for $100. *Residents living within zip codes 10002, 10003, 10009. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to National Iranian American Council.
In The Big Balloon, Iranian-Hispanic artist Roya Carreras reimagines a vanished childhood memory, surfacing a delicate world of fantasy and fragmented identity. Carreras’ choreography works within a series of deconstructed interiors, recalling domestic scenes from her childhood home in California. Set against field recordings of daily chores, intimate scenes captured on film register the vernacular of her daily routine. Persian rugs and astroturf line living spaces which—at once—act as stage and sanctuary, where Carreras’ distorted balletic gestures are worked into a detailed physical vocabulary. Forgotten vignettes resolve momentarily, before The Big Balloon is finally undone, opening a space to cross unseen cultural boundaries.
A limited-run booklet including translations in Spanish and Farsi, will be published as part of The Big Balloon performances. In the Living Room, a post-performance discussion between Carreras, moderator, and audience link process to upbringings on Friday, April 14; on Saturday, April 15 a Wrap Party will follow. Prior to event, Carreras will lead LAB // SESSIONS, a creative lab and movement workshop series open to movement practitioners and the public, in partnership with Arts on Site and co-hosted by The Playground.
The Big Balloon is part of the CURRENT SESSIONS’ 2017 curatorial focus “Resistance,” which looks to further classify movement into a broader spectrum by challenging systems of making and observing dance, and is first of a TCS-presented, solo-artist performance series.
Concept, Direction, Choreography: Roya Carreras; Event Concept, Curation: Alexis Convento; Additional Programming: Paulette Lewis; Venue: Wild Project; Technical Direction: Scott Fetterman; Lighting Design: Mike Inwood; Sound Composition: Travone Hill; Film: Derek Anthony Welte; Film + Photography: Jason Knade; Styling: Ross Erin Martineau; Rehearsal Direction: Elise Ritzel; Performance: Caitlin Taylor, Elise Ritzel, Eloise DeLuca, Gregory Dolbashian, Maleek Washington.