The Blue Studies: chashama

Detail of photo by Kirsten Schnittker

The Blue Studies: chashama  |  Diana Crum

August 30 - September 8, 2016

Anita's Way
137 West 42nd Street
(the through-block connecting 42nd and 43rd streets,
between Broadway and 6th Ave)
New York, NY

Nearest Trains: 1, 2, 3, S, 7, B, D, F, M, N, Q, R

Rehearsals: Sneak a peek of the rehearsal process.
Tuesday, August 30, 12-2pm

Wednesday, August 31, 12-2pm
Thursday, September 1, 12-2pm

Performances: "The Blue Studies: chashama" is a loop of material performed multiple times each evening.The space remains open to the public between 4 - 7pm and visitors are welcome to join the audience at any point.

Tuesday, September 6, 4:30-6:30pm
Wednesday, September 7, 4:30-6:30pm
Thursday, September 8, 4:30-6:30pm

The Blue Studies: chashama is the culmination of The Blue Project, a year-long research project conducted by Diana Crum in collaboration with Samuel Hanson and Kirsten Schnittker.

A poetic investigation of the color blue--its history, science, and cultural associations--The Blue Project is a multi-faceted project that operates within and reaches out to different communities through various platforms: private rehearsals, public workshops, verbal discourse, and performances. Audiences and participants alike become fellow researchers, as they engage with the project as they choose.

In its installment at Anita's Way, audiences can come and go during the two hours of looping performance.

Audiences are invited to have an intimate listening experience by streaming a specially-designed sound score using their headphones and personal devices. A link to the score will be posted by September 5th and available throughout the performance week at For audiences who do not have headphones, the sound score will also be played through speakers on-site.

About the Choreographer
Diana Crum is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, dancer, teacher, administrator, and advocate. Recent performances include Spring Movement at CPR (Center for Performance Research), Movement Research at the Judson Church, and site-specific work at the former Brooklyn space Brazil. As Crum strives to account for the context and community within which she works, she has developed a body of site-specific work as well as a strong teaching practice. She has taught as Adjunct Faculty/Visiting Artist at Washington & Lee University (Lexington, VA), University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA), and Hollins University (Roanoke, VA). She received her MFA from Hollins University and BA from Columbia University. For more information, visit her site:

About the Dancer/Collaborators
Samuel Hanson was born in Salt Lake City in 1988. His formative dance training was with Hilary Carrier. His choreography has been seen in New York, Miami, Montana and Los Angeles. He has performed for Ashley Anderson, Eryn Rosenthal, Todd Allen, Diana Crum, Yve Laris Cohen, Juan Aldape, Michael Watkiss, Lindsey Drury, and eunkyungkim. Last fall, he danced in the work of Yvonne Meier and Gabriel Forestieri with the Utah-based improvisation company Movement Forum.  He serves as the journal editor and new media curator for "learning to loveDANCEmore", a journal of dance and performance in the western US.

Kirsten Schnittker is a dance-maker, performer, and arts administrator living in Brooklyn. She dances with Yanira Castro/a canary torsi, Ilona Bito, Diana Crum, and Amity Jones. She makes dances that question the interconnectivity of form and personhood in performance. Her work has been presented in New York City by AUNTS, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Center for Performance Research, ROVE/Rooftop Dance, and Triskelion Arts, among others. She is a graduate of Barnard College where she studied History and Dance.

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