Press release




(Boston and Concord, Mass.—Oct. 20, 2011) – Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy (SSD) and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) present the world premiere of Trajal Harrell and Sarah Sze’s The Untitled Still Life Collection, a dynamic exchange between visual art and dance, Nov. 17-20 at the ICA/Boston, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston. Performance times: Thursday, Nov. 17, 5:30 pm;  Friday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 and 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19 and 20, 1 and 3 pm. Tickets are free with museum admission. Please note: As the performance takes place within the ICA galleries, capacity is extremely limited. To reserve tickets and for more information, click here.

First conceived during a residency at the ICA last year, the performance features two long-time friends and first-time collaborators: the choreographer/performer Trajal Harrell and sculptor Sarah Sze. The Untitled Still Life Collection is presented in the ICA’s galleries as part of Dance/Draw, an ambitious thematic exhibition exploring the connections between visual art and dance over the past 50 years. (Dance/Draw is on view at the ICA through Jan. 16, 2012. More information about the exhibition here.) The performance promises to be a one-of-a-kind integration between object and body, space and movement, time and timelessness.

The Untitled Still Life Collection is commissioned and presented as part of Co Lab: Process + Performance, an ongoing joint project between SSD and the ICA featuring some of America’s best artists coming together in dynamic collaborations between the visual arts, music, poetry and dance. Previous collaborators have included poet Anne Carson and choreographer Rashaun Mitchell, visual artist Jenny Holzer and choreographer Miguel Gutierrez, and musician Robert Poss and choreographer Alexandra Beller.

"I’m thrilled at the thought of Trajal and Sarah working together and presenting this new work as part of the ICA’s landmark Dance/Draw exhibition,” said Summer Stages co-director and Co Lab curator Richard Colton. “Even if our audiences already know their individual work, I'm expecting they will experience something excitingly new with this collaboration."

“Trajal and Sarah’s performance takes place in an intimate gallery setting surrounded by the sculptures of Cornelia Parker, Fred Sandback, Louise Fishman, Faith Wilding and Gego,” says David Henry, ICA Director of Public Programs. ”These hanging sculptures of delicate line provide an excellent foil for Sze and Harrell, whose performance integrates the movement of bodies and objects through space.”


TRAJAL HARRELL is one of the dance world’s most versatile and committed workers. He has learned to balance various roles including performer, choreographer, curator, journal editor and instructor. His innovative art, in concept and execution, investigates the links between postmodern and popular aesthetics. Based in New York, his work has been presented at many U.S. venues including The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, P.S. 122, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston, Margulies Art Warehouse (Miami), Art Basel Miami Beach, and Dance Mission (San Francisco, CA) among others. Internationally, his work has toured festivals in France, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Croatia, and Mexico. A graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in American Studies with a concentration in Creative Processes, Harrell has been an artist-in-residence at The White Oak Residency and Dance Center, Movement Research, Bennington College, CDC Toulouse, ICA Boston, PACT Zollverein (Essen, Germany), Workspace Brussels, Wp Zimmer (Antwerp, Belgium), Impulstanz Vienna International Dance Festival, Tanzhaus Düsseldorf, Skite 2010 (Caen, France), CCN de Montpellier Languedoc-Rousillon and CNDC Angers.

He has created the following works: Showpony; Quartet for the End of Time; Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (S); Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (XS); and co-authored with Cecilia Bengolea, Francois Chaignaud, and Marlene Monteiro Frietas, (M)imosa/Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (M).

A graduate of The School of Visual Arts (1997) and Yale University (1991), Boston-born artist and sculptor SARAH SZE began showing her work in 1996 in New York at the SoHo Annual and at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New yOrk. Since then her solo shows include national and international exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London; and The Foundation Cartier in Paris. She has work in such collections as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; and the Walker Art Center, MN, among others. In 2003, she received a MacArthur Genius Grant Fellowship. Sze’s signature sculptural aesthetic is the presentation of ephemeral installations that penetrate walls, suspend from ceilings and burrow into the ground. The artist creates intricate site-specific works that manipulate every space - be that a gallery, domestic interior or street corner - and profoundly affects the way it is viewed.

The collaboration between Sarah Sze and Trajal Harrell is made possible by the Contemporary Art Centers (CAC) network administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), with major support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. CAC is comprised of leading art centers and brings together performing arts curators to support the collaboration and work across disciplines, and is an initiative of NEFA’s National Dance Project.


Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, Summer Stages Dance is a rigorous training program for students of contemporary dance and a laboratory for choreographers to develop new work. The SSD intensive workshop and Meet the Artist Performance Series have earned a distinctive reputation for the emphasis on mentorship and on the creation of new work, and for presenting leading contemporary dance artists in an acclaimed series of public events. The Workshop, July 10-30, takes place in a 2,500 square foot state-of-the-art dance studio space designed by award-wining architect Graham Gund on the campus of Concord Academy, an independent secondary school where the performing and visual arts are a central part of the curriculum. Public performances take place at Concord Academy’s 400-seat Performing Arts Center (PAC), and at the stunning harbor front Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theatre at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston.For information, visit or call 978-402-2339.


This fall, the Institute of Contemporary Art celebrates its 75th anniversary with an exciting season of exhibitions, performance and festivities. 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 I $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



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