SOLD OUT A Day with Jonah Bokaer Choreography

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

Odalisques
Solo by Jonah Bokaer, 4 p.m.

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

The 4:00 pm solo is sold out. Please email acklandrsvp@unc.edu to be placed on a wait list.

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.

RSVP Below!


ABOUT THE ARTIST

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


MEDIUM Workshop with Jonah Bokaer

Carolina Performing Arts Mellon DisTIL (Discovery Through Iterative Learning) Fellow, Tunisian-American dancer and choreographer Jonah Bokaer will be on campus next week and is hosting a free workshop for the UNC community. This is a movement-based workshops broadly focused on identity exploration and introducing mind+body awareness into academic spaces.

Date and Time: Friday, November 15th from 3-5 PM
Location: Ackland Art Museum, ART& Space (101 S Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC 27599)

You are welcome to join for as little or long as you’d like! This workshop is intended to bring each of us an increased awareness of our own mind+body as we progress through academia and continue developing our sense of self.

RSVP: If you are interested in joining, please fill out this RSVP form to confirm your attendance.


More details on the workshop:

Jonah Bokaer and collaborators designed a free series of Workshops for UNC Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community Members who wish to improve “everyday performance” skills, including physical awareness, public speaking, performance lectures, and “whole self awareness” for Academics, Artists, and Administrators alike. The workshops are free, accessible, and with no prior performance history required.

Built from a project uplifting Middle Eastern and North African identity in the world of the performing arts, M.E.D.I.U.M. will take place over a series of five weeks in the 2019-2020 Academic year, will be hosted by Jonah Bokaer and his collaborator, dancer Hala Shah, at various locations across UNC’s campus. 

To learn more about Bokaer’s DisTIL Fellowship: https://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/the-overture/jonah-bokaer-announced-as-mellon-foundation-distil-fellow-for-2018-20/

A secondary component of the free workshops is to enhance diversity in performance and identity exploration at UNC Chapel Hill, within a safe space, open to all racial, ethnic, gender, intellectual, and sexual identities. The workshops were developed over 1 year of dialogue on campus, including several community gatherings at the Center for Middle East Studies, and with experts in Sociology.

The event is designed to be easily accessible, positive — and transformational. Street clothing as-is, and footwear as-is, shall be fine.

Music in the Galleries: Vintage Country Music

Music in the Galleries
18 Aug 2019 | 2 PM

Vintage Country Music by Brian and Mary Lewis, with Nancy Bierman (bass).

Brian & Mary Lewis have performed together for more than 35 years, and have performed with Nancy Bierman for about the last ten.  While singly they are veterans of multiple groups in genres of music including rock, folk, pop, bluegrass, samba reggae, and rhythm & blues, together they are adept at breathing life into classic country music from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s.  Their specialty is “brother duets” done in close harmony, representing some of the best of our collective American musical heritage.

Presented in connection with Way Out West.

Final Performance: Stacey L. Kirby’s “Department of Reflection”

Sunday, 4 August 2019 | 2-4 PM
Final Performance:
Civil Presence Assessments in Stacey L. Kirby’s Department of Reflection

In this site-specific commission in the Ackland’s ART& spaceStacey L. Kirby presents The Department of Reflection, a multimedia installation that reflects on the ways in which government, citizenry, and labor issues intersect in contemporary society.

On the final day of the installation, Kirby and community members will conduct Civil Presence assessments. The assessments are free and open to the public, and they will be conducted on a rolling basis. No advance registration is required.

2nd Friday ArtWalk – 2019 MFA Exhibition

Sarah Elizabeth Cornejo, American, born 1993: Halfies, Pt. 1: Úrsula, 2019 (detail). Earth, sawdust, steel, wood glue, coral, alligator garfish scales, oyster shells, rocks, volcanic rock, sharks’ teeth, pig intestines, epoxy, lichen, barnacles, acrylic paint, and windshield glass. Courtesy of the artist.

Explore Sacred Wasteland: Selected Works by the MFA Class of 2019 during the Ackland’s extended 2nd Friday ArtWalk hours (10 AM – 9 PM).

6:30 PM | Performance: when they become us.
when they become us. is a collaborative, socially-engaged performance event co-organized by Jonh Blanco, ShaLeigh Dance Works, and the Ackland Art Museum as part of Sacred Wasteland: Selected Works by the MFA Class of 2019. Held outdoors adjacent to the Ackland Art Museum’s entrance, it is a performance that invites audience, community, and dancers to become participants in creating authentic group movement that examines the concepts of undocumented, transitional, irregular, displaced, migrating, refugee, illegal, and unlawful vessels and bodies.

Immediately Following | Artist Q&A
Following when they become us., stay for a Q&A with participating artists led by guest curator William Paul Thomas.

Free admission.

 

2nd Friday ArtWalk at the Ackland
Every second Friday of the month, the Ackland participates as a venue in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro 2nd Friday ArtWalk, staying open until 9:00 PM and offering a variety of interactive, all-ages activities in addition to all exhibitions being open to visitors. Admission is free.

Music in the Galleries X Family and Friends Sunday: Brain-Inspired Dance

Music in the Galleries X Family and Friends Sunday
24 March| 2-4 PM
Brain-Inspired Dance, choreographed by Killian Manning

Inspired by the contemporary images of the brain featured in The Beautiful Brain, SITES Choreographer Killian Manning has planned an interactive afternoon of site-specific, art-inspired dance in the galleries. Visitors of all ages will be invited to join five dancers in movement and dance in response to the art on view. This family-friendly event is a cross-over between our popular Music in the Galleries series and Family and Friends Sunday.

Manning’s dance is set to music by Spanish composers contemporaneous with Cajal, as well as contemporary Spanish works. She also incorporates texts from Cajal’s dream journals.

2PM: Dance performance
2:30 PM: Family and Friends participatory dance
3:30 PM: Dance Performance

This is the second of two performances choreographed by Manning in connection with The Beautiful Brain. Join us on 17 February for the first performance, this time inspired by the drawings of Santiago Ramon y Cajal featured in the exhibition.

Part of the SITES 2018-2019 series of experimental art and performances.

Printmaking Demonstration with SuperGraphic Print Lab

Watch the dynamic printmakers of SuperGraphic Print Lab in action as they create screen prints inspired by the drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Join the fun in the Ackland’s outdoor courtyard from 2 – 5 PM. Once the prints are dry, SuperGraphic will offer them to visitors to take home.

Music in the Galleries: Cajal-Inspired Dance

Music in the Galleries
17 February | 2-4 PM
Cajal-Inspired Dance, choreographed by
Killian Manning

Inspired by the drawings of Santiago Ramon y Cajal featured in The Beautiful Brain, SITES Choreographer Killian Manning has planned an afternoon performance of site-specific, art-inspired dance in the galleries with five dancers. Manning has set her dance to music by composers working in Spain at the same time as Cajal (Falla, Turina, and Albeniz), as well as contemporary Spanish composers Jose Maria Sanchez Verdu and Ramon Lazkano. The piece also incorporates texts from Cajal’s dream journals.

Performances at 2:00, 2:45, and 3:30 PM

This is the first of two performances choreographed by Manning in connection with The Beautiful Brain. Join us on 24 March for second performance, this time inspired by the contemporary images featured in the exhibition.

Part of the SITES 2018-2019 series of experimental art and performances.

2nd Friday ArtWalk: New Year, New Look, New Dance

New Year, New Look, New Dance
Friday, 11 January 20196-8 PM
Join us for an evening of art-inspired, site-specific dance performances choreographed by Heather Tatreau as part of the SITES 2018-2019 Experimental Art + Performance Series.

Drop in during the ArtWalk to wander through the contemporary and African galleries and discover how dance performance can enliven your experience of the Ackland Art Museum’s new installation, A New Look: The Permanent Collection Galleries Re-energized.

The Museum will remain open until 9 PM for its 2nd Friday evening hours.


 

2nd Friday ArtWalk at the Ackland
Every second Friday of the month, the Ackland participates as a venue in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro 2nd Friday ArtWalk, staying open until 9:00 PM and offering a variety of interactive, all-ages activities in addition to all exhibitions being open to visitors. Admission is free.