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Dean Moss/Gametophyte Inc.
"a tour de
force... Moss involves the audience in a kind of ritual process of becoming that wavers between comfort and
discomfort, intimacy and distance, stability and uncertainty. 'Be with me,' the
performers whisper to the audience participants, and no matter our level of
spectatorship, we have no desire to do anything but-- Moss' work draws us in,
invites us not just to be, but to become." - Studio magazine, Studio
Museum in Harlem
Nameless forest is a multidisciplinary performance work conceived by Dean Moss and developed in collaboration with contemporary Korean sculptor and poet, Sungmyung Chun. The project explores subjectivity and the nature of perception by both transforming Chun's figurative installations into live performance.
Nameless forest continues Moss' formal investigations of both the dialogue between self and other, and the role of the audience in the performance experience. Up to 12 audience members join the cast onstage for each performance, reflecting, through their undirected response, the community's role (and risk) in the perceptually individual and existential nature of art making.
Structured in three parts, Nameless forest features diary fragments and war zone imagery by photojournalist Mike Kamber, neon sculpture from abstract artist Gandalf Gavan, an original score by experimental musician and sound composer Stephen Vitiello, lighting and technical design by Vincent Vigilante, and costumes by Roxana Ramseur. The work is embodied by a deeply committed cast of six individual performers - Aaron Hodges, Kacie Chang, Eric Conroe, Pedro Jimenez, DJ McDonald and Sari Nordman -- each representing a unique combination of cultural traditions and contemporary, dance, music, and theater practices.
Nameless forest premiered at The Kitchen in May 2011 and was subsequently performed at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA) and Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (College Park, MD) in 2012.
Nameless forest was produced by MAPP International Productions in partnership with Gametophyte, Inc. Lead Commissioning support for Nameless Forest was provided by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at University of Maryland, and The Kitchen. Developmental residencies were generously provided by The Kitchen; Arizona State University Public Events in partnership with the Herberger College of the Arts Department of Dance; the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at The Florida State University; and World Performance Project at Yale University.
Nameless forest received generous support from The New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust; The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; The Asian Art Theater's Project Development Initiative funded by The Office for Hub City of Asian Culture in the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The participation of Sungmyung Chun was made possible in part with support from Korea Foundation.