Thu 07 December 2023 (19:30-20:30)

[Performance] An (In)Complete History of the World

Join us for an in-process reading of An (In)Complete History of the World. As part of their residency at La Bellone, Jen Rosenblit shares part of their current performance research collaboration with Li Tavor and Gærald Kurdian via a public table reading of the performance text, musical landscapes made of ambient composition as well as found sounds and polyphonic vocal arrangements.

You are invited to this listening and speculative gathering where questions of repetition, desire, removal, decay and transition are at stake. Chapters include On Boundaries, Women or The Last Time, Quitting or the Pain Chapter, and A Forgetful Choreography with songs titled, I’m working on it, Quitting Season, and The Last Time. 

Considering desire as a cluster of promises, the work focuses on antiquity and value, ruins and resurrection as a prosperous site to negotiate futurity as well as the contradictory possibility for simply calling quits! To remember or to forget, that is actually the question. Shall we continue or rather end it here with hopes to begin again? 

Reservations are required as the capacity is limited. Reservations are free and can be made here.

This event is co-produced with La Bellone. 

About the project
ElseWhere Rhapsody is an archeological dig excavating the erotic as an unlikely public conversation among many. Referencing the event of an auction for an audience ready with paddles, the pending notion of the bid or sale unearths the phenomenon of forgetfulness as a device for the pleasure of a contradictory clearing, allowing for the (im)possibility to continue despite desire's decline. ElseWhere Rhapsody offers distraction as a guide to speak toward the illegibility of desire’s origins and forgetfulness as a way to shift toward something else, away from the accumulation and damaging repetition. Considering antiquity and the contemporary, ownership and value, this long march treads the spaces that we are not valuing as we might when we celebrate things which land in front of us, recognizable and at our center. 

About Jen Rosenblit
Jen Rosenblit holds space in New York City and Berlin in hopes of a more expansive sense of home and place. Making performances surrounding architectures, bodies and ideas concerned with problems that arise inside of agendas for togetherness, Rosenblit’s works lean toward the uncanny and maintenance of care, locating ways of being together amidst impossible spaces. The research process tracks the tangential rather than the linear, looking for meaning as it emerges between things.

Rosenblit has collaborated with artists including Simone Aughterlony, Miguel Gutierrez, A.K. Burns and Philipp Gehmacher.Recent works include I’m Gonna Need Another One (2018-2019 co-production between Sophiensaele (DE) and The Chocolate Factory Theater (NYC)), Everything Fits In The Room (a 2017 collaboration with Simone Aughterlony, HAU Hebbel am Ufer), Swivel Spot (2017, The Kitchen), Clap Hands (2016, The Invisible Dog/New York Live Arts), a Natural dance (2014, The Kitchen).

Rosenblit is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2018 Atelier Mondial Artist-in-Residence in Basel, Switzerland, a 2015-16 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, a 2016 recipient of the MAP Fund, a 2014-2015 Workspace Artist through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a recipient of a 2014 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award, a 2013 Fellow at Insel Hombroich (Nuese, Germany) and a recipient of the 2012 Grant to Artists from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

About La Bellone
La Bellone is a place for research and reflection, dedicated to the creative process, a tool for performing artists and anyone interested in the making of scenic writing.

[image credits: Simon Courchel]

[Performance] An (In)Complete History of the World
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