ROVE (formerly RoofTop Dance) is thrilled to partner with the Roger Smith Hotel’s Window at 125 for a second year through The Introducing Series, Season 5 to present Close Encounters.
A two-week series featuring 5 artists working in the field of performance, Close Encounters offers meetings of art, artists, and audiences that are unexpected and intimate at the same time.
Using the frame of the Window at 125 (both figuratively and literally), Close Encounters wonders how chance encounters can engender deeper connections and sustained interest. Featuring artists Tony Carlson, Walter Dundervill, Lonely Goat, Molly Poerstel, and The Space We Make, this two-week installation gives audiences the opportunity to get intimate with each artist’s work.
When we view dance or performance, our watching is often short and singular. Whether we’re sitting in the audience at the ballet or hurrying by a street performer, we look and then we look away. Close Encounters offers viewers a chance look, and then look again--each artist will spend a full 11-hour day in the Window at 125, and then return for a second 11-hour installation in the series’ second week. This “looking again”---re-specting, if we trace the word back to the Latin root--- offers not only the chance to see more from each artist, but to see closer, to get to know their work in a fuller and more intimate way.
The idea of re-specting is exciting to us, because it’s inclusive, democratic, open for all--there is no wrong way to watch these installations, and no singular meaning or reaction to take away from them.