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 Jessie Gold, Hristoula Harakas, Hassabi, 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 will run for 75 minutes.

NOTE: There will be no late seating for this performance.


CREDITS:

Performed by: Jessie Gold, Hristoula Harakas, Maria Hassabi, and Oisín Monaghan
Composer: Marina Rosenfeld
Outfits: Victoria Bartlett
Lighting Design: Zack Tinkelman and Maria Hassabi
Dramaturgy: Scott Lyall
Management: Alexandra Rosenberg

STAGED (2016) is a co-production of Dance4 (Nottingham, UK); FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival (New York, NY); High Line Art (New York, NY); The Keir Foundation with support from Dancehouse, Melbourne (Melbourne, AUS); The Kitchen (New York, NY); Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, BE); Onassis Cultural Center – Athens (Athens, GR); and Summer Stages Dance @ ICA/Boston (MA); developed through residencies at Live Arts Bard at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College (Annandale on Hudson, NY); Camargo Foundation with funding from the Jerome Foundation (Cassis, FR); and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (Captiva Island, FL); and supported, in part, by contributions from Randi & Jeff Levine and Leo Koenig & Maggie Clinton.

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.

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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.