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A Day with Jonah Bokaer Choreography

16 November | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

16 Nov 2019 |10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A Day with Jonah Bokaer Choreography
Free, RSVP requested for performance of Odalisques.

Experience the Ackland Art Museum’s current exhibition She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World through the lens of world-renowned choreographer, dancer, and Carolina Performing Arts/Mellon Foundation Discovery through Iterative Learning (DisTIL) fellow Jonah Bokaer. The day will feature both a durational work in the galleries choreographed by Bokaer and a performance choreographed and danced by the artist. These events are hosted in partnership with Carolina Performing Arts as part of Bokaer’s DisTIL residency:

Jehan Sadat in Three Dimensions
*New Commission*
Durational Performance (Trio), 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dancers of Jonah Bokaer Choreography perform a new trio inside the exhibition She Who Tells a Story

        Costume Design | Special Collaboration: Austin Scarlett

Solo by Jonah Bokaer, 4 p.m.

Choreographed and performed by Jonah Bokaer in the Ackland’s ART& space. Seating is limited; RSVP below.

Bokaer’s choreographic work — often performed in museums and/or in response to visual art — frequently draws on his Middle Eastern and American heritage to explore ideas of orientalism in the art world. Inspired by the photography of She Who Tells a Story, Bokaer has organized a day of live choreography in the galleries that allows visitors to examine similar themes in the Ackland’s exhibition, offering an immersive art-viewing and performance experience.

This program has been made possible by the generous support of Austin Scarlett and Smith Freeman. It has also been funded in part by a grant from Arts Everywhere.

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Jonah Bokaer has cultivated a new form of Choreography merged with Visual Art & Design. American and Middle Eastern, he is among the most widely distributed artists to have emerged since the post-modern era. Jonah Bokaer Choreography has authored 63 original works, produced in 34 nations, 27 of the United States, and 292 cities – including 41 Museum Exhibitions worldwide. Bokaer is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation DisTIL Fellow at Carolina Performing Arts (2018-2020). More info at https://jonahbokaer.net/.

IMAGE: Arabesque (2019), Photography, Digital Software, Graphite, Ink, and Acrylic © Jonah Bokaer

A Day of Dance with Jonah Bokaer Choreography

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16 November
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Ackland Art Museum
101 S. Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States