STAGING : Solo #2

8 juin 2018
   Yesterday was premiering STAGING : Solo #2, the dance work of NYC based choreographer and artist Maria Hassabi at the fame Centre Pompidou in Paris. 
Until June 24th, every day ( except Tuesdays ), Maria, along side with Oisin Monaghan and Mickey Mahar, will perform her live installation “en continu » in the Forum -1 of the museum. 
Maria Hassabi’s work has long been evolving around the deconstruction and precision of in situ movements, creating a dual conversation between the spacial appropriation of the artist as a performative body and the classic conception as dance being a forever staged medium, to be seen from afar. Hassabi’s detailed choreographic script captivates the audience, whether it is set as a 2-hour piece or an on-going day long work, with its almost imperceptible velocity, questioning the relationship between stage setting, dancers and viewers. She has created with her talented dancers a new language where their bodies are being put to the test of time and endurance, pushing through the limits that could cause restrictions and stillness. Their movements are endless, the choreographic patterns are never stopped… 
Throughout the years, she has bridged towards the audience, breaking down the walls and rules of contemporary dance through out the world in various (and sometimes less conventional) venues such as The Kitchen and the Guggenheim Museum in NYC, Documenta 14 in Germany, the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels and most recently London’s Frieze Art Fair.
And this time again, for the next 20 days, Maria Hassabi and her performing artists invite the visitors at the Centre Pompidou to negotiate with their expectations. The dancers, brightly dressed, will perform solos through out the museum’s opening hours, stopping the time within its walls. 
Photo credit : © Thomas Poravas
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