Photo: David Morrison.

Past Event

Jmy James Kidd and the Sunland Dancers present Body Bags

  • July 28, 2018 | 11am – 4pm
  • July 29, 2018 | 11am – 4pm

On the occasion of Olafur Eliasson’s Reality projector, Jmy James Kidd and the Sunland Dancers present Body Bags, a performative intervention in Eliasson’s site specific light and sound installation. Curated by Brian Getnick, the performances will take place over two days, July 28-29.

Sliding and slithering on the floor, rising to move as five-limbed creatures and wildly bounding and twirling up through the air, the dancers’ performances will unfold over five hours within the expansive Theater Gallery in response to the shapes and audio of Reality projector. Dance and mechanized installation will co-create a third work exploring the cinematic fantasy of light, sound, and bodies emerging out of the darkened interior.

This event marks the second iteration of Body Bags, which premiered as a duet between Kidd and Perin Hailey McNelis, with a sound score by Tara Jane O’Neil, at PAM residencies in April 2018.

This event does not require a separate ticket. Any visitor with a General Admission ticket is welcome to experience all or part of the performance.

Jmy James Kidd

Jmy James Kidd is a dancer, choreographer, costume designer and founder of the Lincoln Heights dance space Pieter; a nurturing platform for the LA dance community. In her solo work and within the direction of her company the Sunland Dancers, Kidd merges many years of formal dance training with a subjective and female-expressive vocabulary. Incorporating sound, costumes and handmade sets into her ideas for movement, Kidd’s performances are meant to connect people to the transformative process of dance’s making.

“I believe that function is beautiful. For something to be functional it must be alive, to be alive is to be able to be playful, feel the room and the pathway, and to twist, turn and move around.”  -JJK


Brian Getnick

Brian Getnick is an artist, curator and writer who explores contemporary performance in Los Angeles. He is the director of PAM Residencies, a showcase and residency program for performers making long form work (30+ minutes). He is the founder and co-director with Tanya Rubbak of Native Strategies, a journal documenting performance art in LA since 2011.

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