Press release

CONTACT: Joyce Linehan (617) 282-2510,


(BOSTON—April 26, 2011) The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) presents performing arts programming at its spectacular Boston Harbor location for Summer 2011. Programming includes perennial favorites “Talking Taste” and “Harborwalk Sounds,” groundbreaking and historic dance performances, talks, as well as vinyl events and DJ nights in celebration of the exhibition “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl.” All events take place at the ICA, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston. Ticketed programs go on sale April 26, and can be purchased at or by calling (617) 478-3103.

Return the Burn
Saturday, June 25, 6–10 p.m.
Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater
Since their first performances on the streets of Boston in 1981, the Floorlords have become one of the most established b-boy crews in the country. This professional company tours the world and has shared the stage with such artists as the Beastie Boys, Madonna, Run DMC, P. Diddy, Missy Elliot, and more. The Floorlords return to their hometown for a special 20th anniversary performance at the ICA featuring current and former company members as well as performances by guests Dynasty Rockers from France and Fresh Format from Canada. You’ll also
witness a classic “battle” between hip-hop and b-boy dancers, and a hip-hop DJ demonstration. Co-presented with ALLIGER ARTS.

Tickets: general admission $18, $15 members, seniors and students; reserved seating: $25,
$22 members, seniors and students.

Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, 7:30 p.m.
Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater
The ICA and Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy host Summer Reunion, a once-in-a-lifetime event reuniting six alumni of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Now successful choreographers themselves, these artists look back at Jones’s influence on a new generation of dance. The program presents short works by each of the alumni and a postperformance conversation about Jones’s legacy. Co-presented with Summer Stages Dance at
Concord Academy.

Performances include:
Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre: Elysian Fields and This Pleasant and Grateful Asylum
"Aviles is one of the great modern dancers.”—The New York Times

Alexandra Beller/Dances: egg
"[Beller’s dancers] slide with aplomb between comic–pathetic exchanges and Beller's full-bodied, voluptuous choreography." —The New York Times

Seán Curran Company: Aria/Apology (duet excerpts)
“There is no fresher, more invigorating new American dance now than the choreography of Seán Curran.”—Los Angeles Times
“[Aria/Apology] evokes thoughts of love, loss, regret and searing personal pain with great subtlety and discretion; it should be seen again soon.”—The New York Times

Lawrence Goldhuber/BigManArts: Trellis (Excerpt)
“Goldhuber is an artist of considerable depth and refinement…first-rate theater with a surprising edge of poignancy."—The New York Times

Heidi Latsky Dance: GIMP (Excerpt) 2010 and Grace (1989)
“Heidi Latsky…a choreographer and dancer of uncommon intelligence and fluidity.”—The New York Times

Andrea E. Woods/Souloworks: Kujichagulia (Self Determination) to the Max
“Woods is a marvelous mover. Dancing for Bill T. Jones may have helped mold her beautiful slippery style…but everything she does looks original.” —The Village Voice

Tickets: $25, $22 members and students.


other stories (World Premiere)
Saturday, July 23, 7:30 p.m.
Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater
In Alexandra Beller’s evocative and moving work other stories, dancers combine word and movement to portray themes of love, betrayal, and other intimate experiences. In this Boston premiere performance, Beller looks at the impact of personal and cultural narratives on movement, engaging audiences in an exploration of how we live within our stories, and experience those around us. The work is accompanied by interactive sound design by composer Robert Poss, including live sampling through microphones placed on the bodies of the dancers.

Co Lab: Process + Performance is a series presented by the ICA and Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy. Now in its second year, Co Lab brings together some of the country’s finest artists in dynamic collaborations between visual arts, music, poetry and dance. Following each performance, the artists share comments about the work and the collaboration, offering a unique look at the elements and practices that go into their creative process.

other stories is a Co Lab: Process + Performance commission: a partnership between the ICA/Boston and Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy.

Co Lab and Summer Reunion are part of MAKE DANCE SEE (MDS)—a groundbreaking project exploring dance education for choreographers, dancers, and audience members. MDS began with the world premiere of Bill T. Jones’s Body Against Body in February 2011 and concludes with these two performances exploring the legacy of this influential dancer and choreographer. This project has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets: $25, $22 members and students.

Thursday, June 9, 8:00 p.m.
Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater
Israeli-born, French-reared singer-songwriter Keren Ann has a gift for channeling mood into song. With a predilection for romantic tragedy, her intimate melodies overflow with a slowburning melancholy and wistful heartache. She is touring in support of her sixth solo album, 101, released this spring on EMI’s Blue Note Records. Co-presented with World Music/CRASHarts

Tickets: $22 general admission
ICA Free Thursday Nights
July 7–September 9, 6–8:30 p.m.
Berklee College of Music boasts some of the most talented students, alumni, and faculty at work in music today and there’s no better place to hear them than a summer evening at the ICA. Enjoy the best of both institutions with HarborWalk Sounds, a free series of concerts featuring rising stars in jazz, world, Latin, and more. Relax on the harbor with a refreshing drink from the Water Café and hot sounds from the coolest music school around. Admission to the ICA is always free on ICA Free Thursday Nights.

July 7: Tubby Love & Eric Robertson (reggae/soul)
July 14: il abanico (indie pop)
July 21: Sons of Daughters (improvisational jazz)
July 28 Emily Elbert (folk/pop)
August 4: Will Wells and Dynamic Sound
August 11: Kiesza (pop/electro)
August 18: Julia Easterlin (alternative/electro)
August 25: Grace Kelly (jazz)
September 1: Sierra Hull & Highway 111 (bluegrass)
September 8: Mark Whitfield Jr. Quartet (jazz)
Free admission

Fridays, 6–9 p.m.
To celebrate the The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, Chris and Jennifer Daltry of What Cheer Antiques in Providence present two special events.

The ICA Rock and Roll Yard Sale
June 3 and 23
This all-vinyl marketplace features rare and unusual records, and inexpensive high-quality
offerings by the area’s best sellers.
Collectors’ Showcase
June 10 and 17
Stroll through The Record then stay for DJ's spinning vinyl, and a showcase of prized albums by
local collectors in the Water Café.
Free with ICA admission

Fridays, July 8–29, 6:30 p.m.
Talking Taste returns with yet another stellar lineup of local chefs. Sample the food that made them buzzworthy, while enjoying breathtaking views of Boston Harbor from the ICA’s Vivienne and Alan Hassenfeld Harborway. (Program moves inside in case of rain.)

Joanne Chang: Flour Bakery + Cafe and Myers + Chang
July 8
Joanne Chang left the world of management consulting to pursue her passion for cooking. Plying her trade at such renowned restaurants as Biba and Rialto, Chang opened her bakery and café, Flour, in the South End in 2000. She has since opened two more locations in Fort Point and Central Square, as well as the popular Myers + Chang in the South End. Her first cookbook Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe, was published in 2010.

Tim Wiechman: T.W. Foods
July 15
Although Tim Wiechmann was raised in Massachusetts, many of his formative years were spent in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and France. By age 20 he attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and worked a summer at La Truffe Noire, a One-Star Michelin restaurant. He worked in the kitchen of Aujourd'hui at the Four Seasons Boston and was later Head Chef at Ten Tables in Jamaica Plain. After moving to Paris, he worked under Alain Passard of Arpège, Alain Soliveres at Taillevent, and Joël Robuchon at his Atelier. After moving back to Boston, he opened T. W. Food
with his wife in 2007.

Tim Cushman, o ya
July 22
Chef Owner of Boston’s o ya, a contemporary Japanese restaurant, Tim Cushman has spent nearly 30 years cooking around the world in Japan, France, Thailand, Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, London, Mexico, and Taiwan. Chosen by The New York Times as the number one new restaurant in the US in 2008, Cushman was named one of the Best New Chefs in 2008 by Food & Wine magazine.

Jeremy Sewall: Lineage, Eastern Standard, and Island Creek Oyster Bar
July 29
Jeremy Sewall has enjoyed a long and noteworthy career in restaurants around the world, but returned to New England to reconnect with his roots and family. Sewall oversees the kitchens at both Lineage Restaurant in Brookline and Eastern Standard in Boston’s Kenmore Square, as well as serving as co-owner and Executive Chef at Island Creek Oyster Bar, located next to Eastern Standard in the Hotel Commonwealth.

Tickets: All four talks (not available online): $40 general admission $32 students; $20 members
Single sessions: $15 general admission; $10 members.

Fridays August 5, 12 & 26, 7:30–11 p.m.
In conjunction with The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, the ICA brings some of the best DJs around to the ICA’s Putnam Investments Plaza on Boston Harbor for a night of art, music and dancing. (Program moves inside in case of rain.)

WIN WIN - XXXchange, Chris Devlin and Ghostdad
August 5
Brooklyn-based DJ collective WIN WIN describes their work as “an elastic demonstration of hyperactive yet tactful electro.”

August 12
DJ to be announced shortly

JD Samson (Men, Le Tigre)
August 26
A member of the feminist punk band Le Tigre, JD Samson also performs with MEN, a
band that focuses on the radical potential of dance music. As a DJ, JD Samson would like
to create “space for rad people to dance and smile and hold each other.”
Tickets include ICA admission: $15; $10 for members

Engage in conversation with today’s leading artists, writers, educators, and curators as they share perspectives on the art on view. We recommend viewing each exhibition prior to the presentations. Gallery talks are free with ICA admission.

Catherine Opie: Empty and Full
Sunday, June 19, 2 p.m.
Learn more about America's constitutional right to assemble—as seen in Catherine Opie's work—in this provocative discussion with historian Timothy McCarthy, Director of the Human Rights and Social Movements Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. McCarthy is an historian of social movements and was educated at Harvard and Columbia universities, where he received his PhD in history. He has published four books, including The Radical Reader and Protest Nation.

Catherine Opie: Empty and Full
Sunday, June 26, 2 p.m.
Like Catherine Opie, artists Stephen and Amber Davis Tourlentes explore the ever-changing identity of America through photography. Stephen’s haunting images of maximum-security prisons provide a paradoxical view of our relationship to these institutions and their physical and social impact on the landscape. Amber’s photographs investigate the contemporary family, going beyond idealized constructions of gender, sexuality, and class. Join these two local photographers as they relate their work to Opie’s most recent series.

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 a.m. —5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. —9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. —5 p.m. Admission is $15 adults, $13 seniors and $10 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 p.m. Free admission for families at ICA Play Dates (2 adults + children 12 and under) on the last Saturday of the month. For more information, call 617-478-3100 or visit
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