Isolation. Transmission. Feedback. The World in a Mirror – Chirality.

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Contact: Jacquelyne Boe – jacquelynejayboe@gmail.com

Photo By Jacquelyne Boe

Isolation. Transmission. Feedback. The World in a Mirror – Chirality.

Join us, December 18th and 19th, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. at the Lawndale Art Center for the drive-in premier of Chirality II, new dance film by Jacquelyne Boe and David Janesko. From the safe isolation of your car, watch the film and a live video installation while tuning in to the original score on your car radio.  

One of the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the drastic reduction in the ability of artists to share their work. This has been especially true for live performances such as dance, there is just no way to continue the present dance as it has been and to keep the dancers and audience safe.  At the start of the pandemic Jacquelyne Boe and David Janesko decided that rather than being limited by these restrictions they would work to build something new out of them. The result is a three part multimedia work titled Chirality.

The new work began with a series of video calls in which Janesko would give Boe and a group of dancers a movement-prompt highlighting the spatial dichotomies unique to the bedrooms, backyards and living rooms that had become each person’s lockdown-studio. Imbalance, symmetry and grid geometry began emerging as unifying themes and became the guiding concepts of the work going forward. Boe took recordings of these sessions and identified patterns and gestures unique to each dancer. She used these as building blocks to choreograph a two-part mirrored phrase for each dancer. In response to these pieces Janesko created a series of video feedback loops using a webcam and a streaming video application. These elements were edited and layered to create the final film.  

Chirality is a term used to describe an object and its mirrored pair, such as the right and left hands. It’s used here in reference to asymmetries within individuals and screen mediated communication.  

Jacquelyne Boe and David Janesko are a collaborative team and current residents in the Artist Studio Program at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas. Boe is Houston based choreographer, dancer, and educator interested in collaboration and experimentation. Janesko is an artist exploring the emergence of complexity using an experimental approach that encompasses a wide array of mediums, technology and subject matter. Together they are exploring movement and drawing through sets of rule based actions in multiple media types.

Chirality II is performed by Jacquelyne Boe, Siri Cyan, Sinclair Davis, Rachael Hutto, and Lindsey McGill, with live video projections by David Janesko and original music by Jeremy Nuncio.  
This project is sponsored and funded in part by Lawndale Art Center, the City of Houston, City Initiative Grant through the Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Houston Arts Alliance. 
Performance & Ticket Details:
Chirality II
Location: Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main Street Houston, Texas 77002
Date:  December 18th and  19th , 2020
Time: 6:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: FREE athttp://jjboe.com/chirality
Each showing of Chirality II runs for 30 minutes in length and the parking lot will open 30 minutes prior to each showing. There are limited spots available for each viewing, reservation is highly recommended.

Drive-ins require that you tune into a latent FM station in order to hear the audio. Make sure your car has FM radio, or bring a portable one, radio apps will not work.
About Jacquelyne Boe & David Janesko

An ongoing collaboration between Jacquelyne Boe and David Janesko as part of their 2019 to 2021 residency at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas. Boe is Houston based professional choreographer, dancer, and educator interested in collaboration and experimentation. Janesko is an artist exploring the emergence of complexity using an experimental approach that encompasses a wide array of mediums, technology and subject matter. Together they are exploring movement and drawing through sets of rule based actions in multiple media types.

Boe has been creating original works since 2014 and is a founding member of Perspective Exchange, an annual cross country dance festival by choreographers from Austin, New York, San Francisco, Denver and Houston. With a BFA in Modern Dance Performance, she is currently a company member of Erick Hawkins Dance, Frame Dance, and Hopestone Dance. Boe has also worked with organizations and individual artists such as Houston Grand Opera, Sean Curran, and Rob Ashford. Learn more at jjboe.com.

Janesko grew up in Western Pennsylvania and worked for a number of years as a geologist before attending the San Francisco Art Institute (MFA, 2013). From 2013 to 2015 David was a Graduate Fellow then Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Artist in Sausalito California, and the curator for Flatland Gallery in Houston from 2017 to 2019. Janesko has presented his work in numerous exhibitions around the US in a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor spaces. Learn more at janeskodavid.com.

Together Boe and Janesko are creating a body of work and an evening length dance piece that will premiere February 2021. janeskodavid.com/lawndale to learn more about their collaboration.

About Lawndale Art Center

Lawndale is a multidisciplinary contemporary art center that engages Houston communities with exhibitions and programs that explore the aesthetic, critical, and social issues of our time.

Lawndale believes in the role of art and artists to inspire and inform the world around us. By serving as an intimate gathering place to experience art and ideas, Lawndale seeks to foster connections between communities in Houston and beyond. Lawndale presents a diverse range of artistic practices and perspectives through exhibitions and programs, including lectures, symposia, film screenings, readings, and musical performances.

Through exhibition opportunities, the Artist Studio Program, institutional collaborations, and the engagement of an advisory board comprised of artists, curators, and scholars, Lawndale seeks within its mission to support all artistic and cultural communities of Houston. More Information.

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