New Work by Michael DiPietro and Lena Hawkins
part of chashama's Summer Performance Series

August 28-30, 2014 (Thu-Sat)
7-9 pm

September 2 (Tues)
8-10 pm

September 4-6 (Thu-Sat)
8 pm

chashama 1351
1351 Amsterdam Avenue (bet. West 125th & West 126th Streets)
New York, NY 10027
(Subways: 1, A, B, C, D trains to 125th Street)

FALLEN PEARLS (V.S.O.P.) is a new performance installation work by artists Michael DiPietro and Lena Hawkins. Drawing on psychological case studies and daytime dramas, Fallen Pearls (V.S.O.P.) unfolds a narrative of unrequited lovers, stifled by the oppressive demands of high society and the family name.  Perhaps promised to others, or perhaps brother and sister, there is an insidious force that conspires Maryanne and Daniel F. from fulfilling their desires; given one last night together, they are drawn into a dark, consummating ritual that can only end in a cliffhanger.

Hawkins and DiPietro’s work is a hybrid genre of dance-theater, performance art, and environmental installation. In their studio practice, Hawkins and DiPietro build material from dance and physical theater exercises, extrapolating movement phrases from soap opera plot lines, character “wearing” and re-enacting imagery and texts ranging from pulp fiction to psychological case studies. As part of their two-week chashama residency at 1351 Amsterdam over August 26-September 8th, the artists will hold open studio hours over August 28-30th, with an opening reception on Tuesday, September 2nd.  The work will culminate in three performances over September 4-6th.

Artist Biography:

Michael DiPietro and Lena Hawkins have collaborated extensively on performance, video, and fashion projects since 2009. They have shown work in a variety of DIY art spaces across New York City in recent years including AUNTS at Arts@Renaissance, Flux Factory, and Silent Barn (as well as now-defunct spaces Bushwick Project for the Arts, Market Hotel, and Party City). Hawkins and DiPietro’s aesthetic sits somewhere between high production entertainment and low-budget camp, and aims to bring audiences on strange and evocative journeys. 

www.michael-dipietro.com / www.lenahawkins.com

Tags: performance, Summer Performance Series, Harlem
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