Inventive - Bold - Smart - Vibrant
We are honored to introduce our Spring / Early Summer 2018 Artists at THE CHURCH - Residency and Performance Space
Friday, June 1, 2018: 8PM - Music
"A mix of bluegrass and a twinge of political/punk attitude and lyrics..." - The Corner
Daisycutter is a simmering culmination of New York's musical melting pot in action. Based in Beacon, NY, this "downton/upstate" band combines a wide-screen city view with a bracing dose of rural realism, creating a searing mix of indie roots-rock with an alt-country barbed wire edge. Fronted by singer/fiddler Sara Milonovich, and featuring inventive multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling (of Railroad Earth) on mandolin, banjo, and dobro, Greg Anderson on guitar, Daria Grace on bass, and Steve Holloway on drums.
Frontwoman/singer/songwriter/fiddler Sara Milonovich cut her teeth as a highly sought-after side person in the bluegrass, folk, rock, americana, and celtic music worlds, and has performed and recorded throughout North and South America, Europe and beyond. She was among the last generations to learn traditional music as it was passed down firsthand, from the grange halls and lumber camps of the North Country to the pubs of NYC. Growing up on a working farm in rural upstate New York, she began playing when she was four, and by nine was leading her own band (around the same time she learned to drive a tractor). After a collection of awards for fiddling, singing, and composing, she left school at sixteen to hit the road with bluegrass band The McKrells. A diverse trajectory led her from there through a busy career as an accompanist and collaborator with such artists as Richard Shindell, Pete Seeger (including on his Grammy winning At 89 album), Eliza Gilkyson, Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, and NY stringband Mountain Quickstep, among others. In 2011, Sara toured Kosovo, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Turkey as part of the Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad, a cultural diplomatic program administered by Jazz At Lincoln Center and the US State Department. In 2016 she founded Rootstock (www.rootstockfest.org), a nonprofit music festival dedicated to supporting the next generation of farmers in the Northeast.
Saturday, June 23, 2018: 8pm - Dance / Choreography
American/Swedish choreographer Janessa Clark and collaborators Courtney Drasner and Stevie Oakes will take up residency at THE CHURCH in early June for new work creation as well as a continuation of Clark’s own long-term project: Tiny Dances a performance / installation utilizing anonymous letters in the creation of video dances. Janessa’s choreography has been presented throughout the US and Europe, she was also the choreographer and a performer for the prize-winning short film Squeeze Play (2004 d. Chiedu Egbuniwe), and has had her own film presented in the Stockholm Dansfilm Festival. She has worked as a performer with renowned artists such as Gibney Dance, Tino Sehgal and Noemie Lafrance among others.
Her work is grounded in dance improvisation Techniques, expanded choreographic practices, sounding bodies, and co-authorship while also centering around different interfaces and thresholds between performers and the public. Her main areas of inquiry are privacy, anonymity, feminism, the politics of the body, and spectatorship, working across the mediums of dance, performance art, video, installation, and antiquated technologies such as letter-writing. Believing that the role of the artist is to reflect society back to itself, she translates contemporary thought into movement-based art that seeks to destabilize, to challenge, to agitate and to educate.
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Friday, July 6, 2018: 8pm - Puppetry / Animation
What would the town or city for the future look like?
Can these communities have a unique identity without their originating industry? How can we embrace change? How do we want to live?
Provoked by these questions, Jeanette Yew will develop a new puppet theater work featuring shadow puppetry, animation, and found objects with music, soundscape, interviews and found text. “Way of Life” investigates what a harmonized life and society would look like in America, given our current political climate, asking if our imagination can reach beyond our current knowledge and understanding.
The performance will be followed by a panel discussion with the artist, community activists, and local community representatives about the future of small communities at the end of industrialization.