Inventories of Animated Bodies
Dancers to stage performances throughout museum
Friday, Feb. 17, 6:30-8:30 at ICA/Boston
(BOSTON – Jan. 23, 2012) The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) and Prometheus Dance present Inventories of Animated Bodies, a series of dance installations created by French choreographer Christine Fricker that will take place throughout the museum on Friday, Feb. 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. As they wander through the ICA’s galleries and other public spaces, visitors will chance upon installations of bodies in movement and can observe the performances in close proximity as if viewing an art object. All performances are free with museum admission.
Performed by dancers from Prometheus Dance and The Elders Ensemble, Inventories of Animated Bodies reveals and celebrates personalities by exposing the bodies of professional artists from various backgrounds as well as the bodies of amateur dancers of various ages and body types. This interactive project exposes the singularity and diversity of the imaginary worlds, body constructions, postures, limits, and weaknesses that define each one of us.
About Christine Fricker
Christine Fricker is a choreographer and teacher, and the founder of Compagnie Itinerrances in Marseille, France. Trained at the Marseille Opera, she continued her scholarship at the Alvin Ailey Center in New York. Upon returning to Marseille, France, in 1991, she founded Compagnie Itinerrances, wishing to "demystify contemporary dance by making it directly accessible to the public." Her company regularly tours in France, Finland, Germany, Canada, Greece, Spain, USA, & Poland. Christine has received commissions from: University of Calgary, Maison de la Danse, Polish Dance Theatre, The Slender Festival, and ADIAM 83.
About Prometheus Dance
Prometheus Dance is an ensemble of nine dancers performing contemporary dance/theatre created by co-Artistic Directors Diane Arvanites & Tommy Neblett. The company creates art that engages the audience on multiple levels often with a platform of social and psychological statement. Prometheus Dance has been produced in New York City by the Joyce SoHo Theatre, New York University, Downtown Baca, La Mama, at Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors Festival, Spoke of the Hub, and in Avery Fisher Hall with the Brooklyn Philharmonic; in Boston by the Celebrity Series, Opera Boston, Dance Umbrella, World Music/Crash Arts, First Night, the Boston Center for the Arts, Emerson Stage, The Boston Conservatory, and The Yard; and in Connecticut by the New England Artists’ Trust Congress and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. The company regularly performs internationally, including Marseille, France; Santiago, Spain; Valencia, Venezuela; and Quito, Ecuador. The Elders Ensemble is a performing group made up of post-professional dancers ages 60-89. The Elders perform annual repertory, at senior centers, healthcare facilities and community events, as well as with the main company in special choreographic projects. In 2006, The Elders Ensemble received a Gold Star Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for outstanding and inventive arts programming.
About the ICA
An influential forum for multi-disciplinary arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art has been at the leading edge of art in Boston for 75 years. Like its iconic building on Boston's waterfront, the ICA offers new ways of engaging with the world around us. Its exhibitions and programs provide access to contemporary art, artists, and the creative process, inviting audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the excitement of new art and ideas. The ICA, located at 100 Northern Avenue, is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 am - 5 pm; Thursday and Friday, 10 am - 9 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm. Admission is $15 adults, $10 seniors and students, and free for members and children 17 and under. ICA Free Admission for Youth is sponsored by State Street Foundation. Free admission on ICA Free Thursday Nights, 5 - 9 pm. Free admission for families (2 adults + children 12 and under) on last Saturday of the month. For more information, call 617-478-3100 or visit our Web site at www.icaboston.org.