The Moving Archive | What is Remembered

The Moving Archive – What is Remembered

A performance installation in collaboration with Lois Bielefeld and Nirmal Raja’s exhibition, On Belonging.

Saturday, March 9, 2019 – 7pm

 Choreography/Direction: Maria Gillespie

Performers & Co-Collaborators: Chanteé Kelly, Joelle Worm, Maria Gillespie

Music Composition and Performance: Janet Schiff

The Moving Archive– What is Remembered is a kinetic, sonic, and tactile response to the concepts embedded in and communicated by the works of Bielefeld and Raja in their shared exhibition, On Belonging. This work explores how the body is both an auto-ethnographic archive and a repertoire of memory, migration, and culture. The slippage of time carries bodies through different stages of connectedness and isolation. The mapping of movement and sound on the dancers reflects and refracts how bodies are not only archives, but evidence of histories inscribed on the flesh. This collaboration hopes to show in movement, texture, and sound, how memory activates a sense of place as constituted by our bodies.

Gillespie|The Collaboratory, dancers Joelle Worm and Chanteé Kelly, and cellist Janet Schiff will explore how the body is an archive, a witness, and an embodied source of evidence (bios below).

On Belonging, by Lois Bielefeld and Nirmal Raja runs March 8- May 31

The Warehouse MKE


Collaborating artist bios from On Belonging

EL3A2097 Joelle Worm is a Milwaukee based dancer/dance-educator. She holds a BFA in dance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College-City University of New York. Her professional affiliations include Danceworks/The Danceworks Performance Company (Milwaukee), Your Mother Dances (Milwaukee), De Facto Dance (New York), The Field (Milwaukee & New York), The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and University School of Milwaukee. Her philosophy on dance/the arts is that they provide a lens for a deepened understanding of the human condition/experience.
tangible-space-mgoutside_photobyjakeneuman.jpgMaria Gillespie is a choreographer, performer, dance educator, and the artistic director of The Collaboratory . She received an MFA in choreography from UCLA and a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase. Gillespie founded Oni Dance in 2005 and was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”. Residing in Los Angeles from 1996-2012, Gillespie’s choreography was been presented by numerous institutions including The Ford Amphitheatre, The Getty Museum, the Roy and Edna Disney/Cal Arts Theater (REDCAT), The A.W.A.R.D Show!, UCLA, CalArts, The Fowler Museum, Highways Performance Space, The Electric Lodge, as well as at Joyce SoHo and CounterPULSE. She has performed with Victoria Marks, Helios Dance Theater, Simone Forti, David Rousseve, and Joe Goode. Her choreographic commissions include The Getty Center, Scripps College, Pomona College, Cal State Long Beach, and Santa Monica College. Gillespie is a four time Lester Horton Award winner (2002-2005) and the honored recipient of grants from The Durfee Foundation, The Irvine Foundation, and UWM Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, 2014/15 Global Studies Fellow/Center for International Education. She has taught at numerous universities and internationally in Mexico City, Beijing, and Guangdong. Gillespie moved to Milwaukee in 2012 and is Associate Professor at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts.

Janet Schiff  Janet Schiff  is a cellist, composer and educator from Milwaukee, WI.  Schiff is the founding member of musical duo NINETEEN THIRTEEN.  Through the application of live electronic processes, Schiff connects her 1913 Romanian cello to today’s technology.  Schiff explores new musical textures while creating a virtual orchestral cello experience.  Schiff is classically trained on the cello since grade school and is a Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award winner with extensive collaborative experience in dance, film, theatre and various music

 Chanteé Kelly