WEXLER/HEINEMANN: ATLANTIC VIRTUES

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A dance duet, “Atlantic City”, performed by Emily Wexler and Zhenesse Heinemann, a solo by Wexler, entitled “For the Love of Dave Dick”, and “Blande, Dances in Social Contract”, a solo by Heinemann. Sun Sept 15 at 7pm and 8pm, Wed Sept 18 at 7pm and 8pm, Sat Sept 21 at 9pm with closing reception.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soapbox Gallery is proud to present three dance pieces by Emily Wexler and Zhenesse Heinemann. Each evening will showcase a duet of gambled feminine virtue entitled  Atlantic City, as well as two solos, Blande, Dances in Social Contract, and For The Love of Dave Dick.

In Blande, Dances in Social Contract, Zhenesse Heinemann meditates on the gestures of class, the heightened body under a gaze and the costuming choices that forge an identity.  Blande models a Fall fashion that is offered for sale, available for pick up at the closing night event, and allows the audience to read themselves into living in the garments world.

For The Love of Dave Dick considers Wexler’s nine-year real life true-love obsession with a boy named Dave Dick. The work questions the inescapable authoritative codes determining how love and intimacies are shaped. Through devotion’s patriarchal design, the solo repeats harmful patterns through fantasy and desperation, inevitably seeking the approval of another as the validation of one’s own self-worth.

 

Zhenesse Staniec Heinemann holds a MFA in Playwriting from the University of Southern California and a MA in Performance Studies from New York University and has been the recipient of a Puffin Grant in 2007 and 2009, a Scope Grant, and multiple chashama space grants. She has shown at Grace Exhibition Space, John Connelly Presents (as part of AVAF show), The Red Room, Scope Art Fair (New York), and English Kills Gallery.  Heinemann is also working on an immersive theatrical experience for April 2014 at Abrons Arts Center (New York City).

Heinemann questions how images and objects convey meaning and the fissures between assumption and knowing.  She creates gestural fragments assigned to characters that create series of actions that may tell a story or create an affect of place.  She is deeply interested in the ability of habitat to comfort or cause disease and in the way that living things read spaces for danger and safety.  She enjoys working with the live body as well as that static and moving image.

Emily Wexler has worked as an artist based in Brooklyn since 2004. She has performed alongside many incredible artists including Rebecca Brooks, Kim Brandt, Karinne Keithley Syers, Yvonne Meier, and Ishmael Houston-Jones. Her work has been seen in venues and settings throughout the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, she was honored with a Bessie nomination for her performance in Yvonne Meier’s “Mad Heidi “. Currently, she is teaching Dance History/Theory/Criticism at The University of the Arts.
Wexler challenges herself to work with people in a highly physical, poetic, and responsible capacity in order to discover the possibilities of deconstructing our known realities to find what and how we are. She intentionally does not organize her work/process through a company model, but chooses to work collectively and independently with those that lend themselves to her ideas. By honoring the collaborative relationships with the artists involved, significance can be revealed through a continual and ever-shifting investigation of space, time, and imagination.She is committed to dance as an art form working towards social justice.

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