The Delaware Art Museum presents Jonah Bokaer Choreography’s REPLICA
September 8, 2018 – Copeland Sculpture Garden
Wilmington, DE (August 16, 2018) – On September 8, 2018 the Delaware Art Museum welcomes Jonah Bokaer Choreography’s renowned production REPLICA, staged specifically for an exclusive, one-time-only performance in the Museum’s Copeland Sculpture Garden. REPLICA, originally commissioned by the New Museum (2009) and having now toured to over 8 nations, is a dance composition exploring space, time, and visual perception.
“Jonah Bokaer Choreography is just the sort of bold, adventurous performance the Museum is excited to present to our community through our new performance series,” says Sam Sweet, Delaware Art Museum Executive Director and CEO. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance from a variety of art forms, the Delaware Art Museum presents artists who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways.
REPLICA was created by Bokaer in collaboration with visual artist Daniel Arsham, composer ARP, and fellow dancer Judith Sánchez Ruíz. Recent growth in the last decade has now allowed Jonah Bokaer Choreography to employ 8 internationally dancers, whose senior talents Laura Gutierrez, Szabi Pataki, and Sara Procopio will reinterpret the work in a new reconstruction of this iconic work, in which Daniel Arsham, directed by Jonah Bokaer, performed live for the first time in his career. The performance role of Daniel Arsham – whose exciting new exhibition the Galerie Perrotin New York coincides with this performance – will be restaged for the star female performer and longtime collaborator Sara Procopio, offering an iconoclastic new look at this landmark production.
REPLICA was originally commissioned by Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. in 2009, and designed to exist equally for gallery, museums or site-specific locations. The development of the work explored movement, memory and amnesia through the use of E.M.D.R. (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) testing technologies. Each performance of the hour-long dance utilizes Arsham’s customized scenery involving wall erosions and sculpted cavities, and a morphing, temporal set design, strongly symbolizing memory loss. Often, the audience experiences a conflation of real and fictional time in this sculptural staging.
Choreography: Jonah Bokaer
Set Design: Daniel Arsham
Composer: Alexis Georgopoulos – ARP
Dancers: Laura Gutierrez, Szabi Pataki, Sara Procopio
Saturday, September 8th, 2018
Copeland Sculpture Garden – Delaware Art Museum
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This program is generously supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts: NEFA.
About Jonah Bokaer
Born to Tunisian & American parents, Jonah Bokaer has been active as choreographer & exhibiting artist since 2002. The author of 61 works in a wide variety of media including dances, videos, motion capture works, three interactive installations, four mobile applications, and one film, shown in 31 nations, 24 of the United States, and 292 cities, Bokaer is the often considered most widely acclaimed choreographer to have emerged since the post-modern era – and the first to pioneer Dance Apps.
His work has been produced regularly throughout venues in Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cuba, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. With the support of the Ford Foundation’s Freedom of Expression Unit, he has also partnered to bring choreography to areas of the developing world, which traditionally have not enjoyed dance-touring opportunities, enlarging the reach and access of contemporary dance internationally.
Recent engagements include two seasons at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Festival d’Avignon in France, Théâtre de la Cité Internationale in Paris with the Hermès Foundation, the Festival di Spoleto, Italy, and the BAM Next Wave Festival, for which he was commissioned for the inauguration of BAM Fisher. Cross-over engagements include the inauguration of Toyo Ito’s architecture in the Western Hemisphere (Puebla, Mexico), the Brisbane Festival (Australia), La Biennale de Lyon (France), Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris, France), and an independent production along the sinai Red Sea, exploring the meeting point of African, Arabian, and Mesopotamian cultures. He also appears annually in NYC and Brooklyn.
About the Delaware Art Museum
For over 100 years, the Museum has served as a primary arts and cultural institution in Delaware. It is alive with experiences, discoveries, and activities to connect people with art and with each other. Originally created in 1912 to honor the renowned illustrator and Wilmington-native, Howard Pyle, the Museum’s collection has grown to over 12,000 works of art in our building and sculpture garden. Also recognized for British Pre-Raphaelite art, the Museum is home to the largest and most significant Pre-Raphaelite collection outside of the United Kingdom.
Under the leadership of our Board of Trustees, the Delaware Art Museum is implementing a comprehensive approach to community and civic engagement. This exciting new strategic direction requires that we increase our value and relevance to all audiences. It is bearing fruit. In 2017, attendance exceeded 80,000 (the most in a decade!) and we served 29,267 youth and adults through a wide range of programs and events. Visit delart.org to for the latest exhibitions, programs, and performances or connect with us via social media.