Students and professors at Hope have joined collaborative forces in one of three works by members of the faculty featured in this year’s Art Prize.
A total of 20 student dancers and poets will be participating in “When the Days Become a Moment, When the Body Becomes a Drift,” a time-based weaving of dance, poetry and live music directed by Angie Yetzke, choreographer and assistant professor of dance; Rob Kenagy, poet and visiting professor of English; Nate Roberts, musician and adjunct professor of music; and Jamie Kreindler, choreographer and 2014 Hope dance graduate. The work will be performed on Saturday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., in the Piazza Secchia of Cathedral Square, in front of the Cathedral of Saint Andrew.
“Those of us directing this project share a passion for collaboration and the intertwining of art forms,” Yetzke said. “It has been an exciting process with our students who have been integral to the development of the work.”
Billy Mayer, professor of art, is presenting “As Is,” a mixed media installation that combines photo, foam carvings, anthracite, leather, plastic, and strobe and electric lights. The installation will be featured at Cathedral Square.
Steve Talaga, adjunct assistant professor of music, is presenting “First Taste,” a musical work he describes as “a song of joy… an expression of the pure delight that comes with experiencing some wonderful thing for the first time.” The piece is accessible electronically through the Art Prize website and via listening stations at St. Cecilia Music Center. Talaga will perform “First Taste” and other original works at the center on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 28, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
The Art Prize website is located at artprize.org. The site includes images from “As Is” and “When the Days Become a Moment, When the Body Becomes a Drift” in addition to the audio file of “First Taste,” as well as additional information about the works and artists, maps showing the site locations, and Vote Codes for the pieces.
In addition to being featured during ArtPrize, “When the Days Become a Moment, When the Body Becomes a Drift” will be previewed with a performance at Hope on Friday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. at the west entrance of Graves Hall. Beginning at 5:40 p.m., viewers are encouraged to travel via a “Creative Process Corridor” in the college’s Pine Grove behind Graves Hall to witness collaborative movement studies created by Yetzke’s First-Year Seminar course. The performance at Graves will conclude with an audience “talkback” discussing collaboration, creative process and interdisciplinary arts.