OCTOBER 27 & 28, 2016
+ a short-form performance OCTOBER 22, 2016
“Karol occupies a powerful place that encourages women to be artistic explorers. Through her, we see, feel, and experience how the female voice becomes manifest within artistic mediums. This evolving voice may speak to many or only a few. It is generous, considerate, challenging, provocative, delicate, aggressive, and all that flows in-between.” - Melanie Greene, Dancer’s Turn
OCTOBER 27 & 28 PERFORMANCES
beheld is a new work by Coco Karol in collaboration with visual artist, Lena Takamori. It is performed by dancers, Coco Karol and Rakiya Orange, vocalist Lacey Rose, composer-collaborator, Sxip Shirey, and participants of a two day workshop at Triskelion Arts. The performance takes place within a kinetic environment where sand, paper, and sound move in relation to the bodies on stage as a way to sensitize perception and excite new possibilities of transformation.
A compelling study into end of life care shows a majority of individuals on their death beds request a desire for one thing: that their hand be held. In her experience as a hospice volunteer, and in research leading up the workshop-to-performance creation Gestures of Care/ Overtaklessness, 2016, Coco also learned that it doesn't matter who the hand-holder is. The request is for a feeling. The feeling of being held, and the perceptual dance of beholding another’s experience led Coco to create the performance, beheld, which explores seen vs. felt realities, the power of proximity, and the implications for human connectivity across social boundaries in the "it doesn't matter who" of felt states.
WORKSHOP | move self, change world
In conjunction with the DAMN GOOD at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, this a 2 day workshop for participants interested in being a part of a new performance by Coco Karol. Open to all ages and levels of mobility and ability, we will play and move within different sensory environments, exploring how we (as a group and individually) can creatively effect change through embodied awareness and reflective response. Participation in the performance is optional.
Led by Coco Karol, Lena Takamori, & Sxip Shirey
Sunday, October 16th 3-6pm, 2016 & Sunday, Oct 23rd 3-6pm, 2016
To participate in the workshop: firstname.lastname@example.org
OCTOBER 22 PERFORMANCE
b-side, a collaboration with composer/ vocalist Lacey Rose that features a light sculpture by Lena Takamori and costumes by Claire Fleury. It is the imagined alternate universe of new work, beheld. As a flip side to a place where identity comes second to phenomenology, b-side is a drowning disco where refracted light, song, and costume crack open static mythologies of personhood to envision the “beholding” of our seeing the world as an opportunity to celebrate the fluidity of self and to adorn the beholden with beauty and nonsense.