Nov 7, 2019
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Dec 1, 2019

La Galleria: CROWDS

An Art Factory International Production
Presented as part of the Performa 19 Biennial

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Directed and Choreographed by Sarah Friedland
Produced by Brighid Greene and Sarah Friedland

Cinematography by Luca Nervegna
Sound Design by Denera James and Assaf Gidron


A 3-channel video installation of a durational dance, CROWDS investigates the choreography of crowd typologies and the slippages between them. It articulates the choreographic register embedded in our political discourses and polemics, reflecting what is amassed and what is lost as we gather and disperse.

This project is made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, Electronic Media and Film Program, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

ABOUT PERFORMA BIENNIAL

The eighth edition of the Performa Biennial once again celebrates the extraordinary vitality, inventiveness and significance of New York as a leading global performance capital of the world in three weeks of exciting programming, from November 1–24, 2019, at locations throughout New York City. Founded by art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg, Performa is the leading organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.

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Sarah Friedland is a filmmaker and choreographer working at the intersection of moving images and moving bodies. Her work has screened and been presented in numerous festivals and film spaces including New Directors/New Films, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and BAMcinématek, in art spaces such as MoMA, Sharjah Art Foundation, MAM Rio, and the Wassaic Project, and in dance spaces including the American Dance Festival and Dixon Place. Her work has been supported by Film at Lincoln Center, Berlinale Talents, Dance Films Association, and the New York State Council of the Arts, among others. www.motionandpictures.com

The show is produced under the following program(s):

La MaMa Galleria

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Founded in 1984, La Galleria is a nonprofit gallery committed to nurturing experimentation in the visual arts. La Galleria encourages an active dialogue between new media, performance, the plastic and visual arts, curatorial projects, and educational initiatives. It serves the East Village community by offering diverse programming to an inter-generational audience, and expanding the parameters of a traditional gallery space. As a non-profit, La Galleria is able to provide artists and curators with unique exhibition opportunities that are largely out of reach in a commercial gallery setting.

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