h y m n + t h e m
BODYART makes its New Orleans debut with hymn + them, a contemporary dance work that explores a woman’s belonging and identity in American society. Herself born and raised in Kansas, choreographer Leslie Scott uses Dorothy’s famous journey to Oz as a lens to investigate the identity of today’s American woman.
Part autobiography, part fantasy, Scott’s movement collages both rearrange reality and deconstruct nostalgia, to not only reflect Dorothy’s identity as a Midwestern woman, but also find contrast and similarities to identities elsewhere.
hymn + them is about the joys of going away, of leaving the grayness and entering the color: “a celebration of escape, a grand paean to the uprooted self, a hymn—the hymn—to Elsewhere (Rushdie).”
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Founded in 2006, BODYART is a NYC based dance theatre company whose artistic work creates a content based, emotionally charged and strongly visual dialogue with the audience through performances, research, and teaching. The company regularly collaborates with composers, video artists, set/fashion/lighting designers, poets, and theater artists. This “creative community” approach to creation is at the core of our mission. To date, BODYART has created 4 evening-length works and over 10 shorter festival works across the country and at some of NYC’s leading theater spaces. In 2006, the company won acclaim with The Scotsman for their work An Hour About An Hour at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Both Limbo and Loft featured collaborations from the NYC composer collective W4, and showcased live music from the PUBLIQuartet. In 2010, BODYART was invited to perform at the 2,000-seat Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth TX in conjunction with a 2-week teaching & choreography residency. In 2011, BODYART’s most challenging work, Anatomy of Lost, was performed at the Brooklyn Lyceum, and later the Theater for the New City, in a 60ft x50ft pool of water. This sold-out performance also featured video and fashion design collaborations.
In the company’s 9 year history, performances and festivals have included: the Joyce Soho, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center, The Dixon Place, The Cunningham Studios, City Center, 3 Legged Dog, Denton PAC, Downtown Dance, Wave Rising, International Dance Festival, Elan Dance Festival, Queens Dance Festival and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. BODYART has had the pleasure of teaching across the country at several leading institutions as: Booker T Washington HSPVA, TCU, UT, Northwestern University, Sam Houston State, San Jose University, Elon University, Brookhaven College, Connecticut College and the Branden Ballet. In 2012, BODYART initiated their first annual teaching intensive in NYC. In the past 5 years the company has been commissioned to set over 15 works on Universities and repertory dance companies. Visual art is equally important to BODYART’s creation. BODYART recently completed their 5th collaboration with underwater photographer Chris Crumley. The created work is featured in both the stage performances as well as printed publications. The images from the company’s shoot in Turks & Caicos were featured in the photographer’s coffee table book Femme de la Mer. The company has also begun work in the medium of Dance films. The Decay Project is a series of 5 movement-based short films born out of broken down and/or decayed spaces in our everyday landscape. From natural disasters to spaces left in ruin by years of neglect, TDP finds beauty in unexpected places through collaborations with local artists. For more information visit our Film Works page.