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Dancing is Talking, Talking is Dancing, Conversations on Contemporary Choreography, 2014, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2014 MoMA PS1, New York. Photo: Charles Roussel

In anticipation of Xavier Le Roy’s exhibition, Retrospective, on view this fall at MoMA PS1, the artist will present a lecture UNTITLED (2005).

The presentation is followed by two panel discussions around the recent cross-pollination between the fields of visual arts and dance.

In the first panel, choreographers Ryan Kelly, Jennifer Lacey, and Douglas Dunn as well as art historian Claire Bishop will discuss how experimental dance has unworked the choreographic discipline, tracing some of the relations between American postmodern dance and contemporary conceptual practices in France and Europe, as well as across critical and creative scenes. Dance scholar Noémie Solomon will moderate the discussion.

For the second panel, choreographer Xavier Le Roy will share his thoughts and experiences of presenting choreographic work in an art institutional context. He is joined by the acclaimed sculptor Janine Antoni who, in return, has recently created work with choreographers for dance venues. André Lepecki, performance and dance theorist, will engage in conversation with the two artists. The panel is moderated by MoMA PS1 Associate Curator, Jenny Schlenzka.

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions performance series welcomes visitors to experience and participate in live art. Since its founding in 1976, MoMA PS1 has offered audiences one of the most extensive programs of live performance in the world. VW Sunday Sessions highlights artists responding to contemporary social and political issues through a wide variety of creative and critical lenses. Encompassing performance, music, dance, conversation, and film, the series develops and presents projects by established and emerging artists, scholars, activists, and other cultural instigators. With a focus on artists that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, VW Sunday Sessions embraces the communities in New York City that create and sustain artistic practice.

Since 2012, VW Sunday Sessions has presented a commissioning program resulting in new work by Trajal Harrell, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Tobias Madison and Matthew Lutz Kinoy, Hannah Black, and Colin Self. Additionally, the VW Dome Artist Residency offers a platform for creative development and experimentation for artists at all stages of the creative process.

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Dancing is Talking, Talking is Dancing, Conversations on Contemporary Choreography is organized by Noémie Solomon in collaboration with Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, MoMA PS1.

Dancing is Talking, Talking is Dancing, Conversations on Contemporary Choreography is part of DANSE: A French-American Festival of Performance and Ideas, New York City, May 1-18, organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, with the additional support from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Institut français, and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange).

This event is a continuation of the publication DANSE: an anthology (January 2014) and will inform the upcoming DANSE: a catalogue (fall 2014) by les presses du réel—New York Series.

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Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator with Mike Skinner, Producer, Alex Sloane, Live Programming Coordinator and Rosey Selig-Addiss, Production Assistant.

This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.