Maria Hassabi has honed a distinct practice involving the relation of the body to the still image and the sculptural object. Her mesmerizing work takes its time and asks its viewers to do the same, as it interrogates the separation between the spectacular and the mundane, between subject and object, between performer and audience. Produced for museums, galleries, theaters, and public spaces, her work has been seen worldwide, including recent lauded presentations at Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and Hammer Museum (Los Angeles).

In Hassabi’s new theater work, STAGED, four captivating dancers—including Simon Courchel, Hristoula Harakas, and Oisín Monaghan—perform individual solos, collectively forming an intricate live sculpture that is constantly shape-shifting, abstracting the human form and its capacities. STAGED was developed over a two-week Summer Stages Dance @ ICA residency this past summer.

This performance is supported, in part, by the David Henry Fund for Performance.

First Republic Bank is proud to sponsor the ICA’s 2016–17 Performance Season.


Access for Boston’s dance community is supported in part by the Pratt-Hall Fund.

Summer Stages Dance @ the ICA/Boston is made possible, in part, with the support of Jane Karol and Howard Cooper, David Parker, George and Ann Colony, The Aliad Fund, and Stephanie McCormick-Goodhart.