Inspired by conceptual artist Dan Graham's 1984 film Rock My Religion, which connects the ecstatic dances of groups like the Shakers with rock and roll, X channels raw attitude and rapturous energy. Its dancers boldly generate a dynamic physical force field, merging form and frenzy into communal catharsis. With sound effects designed by Martin Kersels.
Melinda Ring explores a very liberal definition of choreography, creating dances, performance pieces, videos, and installation. Her work has been supported by several residencies and grants; most recently, her company, Special Projects, was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Build Stability grant (2010). She is the curator for Danspace Project’s Spring 2011 Platform, Susan Rethorst: Retro(intro)spective. special-projects.us
Dan Graham’s Rock My Religion will screen at 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 12 as part of the Food for the Arts series.
photo by Paula Court