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In Performance: Dean Moss – Nameless Forest (NYC)

Nameless Forest
Dean Moss In collaboration with sculptor Sungmyung Chun
The Kitchen (NYC)
May 19—21, 26—28
8:00 P.M.
Tickets are $15

Nameless Forest

photo credit: Tim Trumble

The Kitchen presents the premiere of Dean Moss’ latest work, Nameless forest, which he developed in collaboration with Korean sculptor and poet Sungmyung Chun. Inspired by Chun’s emotionally fragile figurative installations, the multidisciplinary three-part performance work features dancers Kacie Chang, Eric Conroe, Aaron Hodges, Pedro Jiménez, DJ McDonald and Sari Nordman.

Exploring the evolving processes of contemporary performance, Nameless forest continues Moss’ formal investigation of both the dialogue between self and other, and the role of the audience in the performance experience. Moss examines the impact of shared rituals on the formation of community, and translates Chun’s installations into live action while questioning the act of translation itself. Nameless forest presents a unique combination of the dancers’ respective cultural traditions and contemporary dance, music and theater practices. Up to 12 audience members will be asked to join the cast onstage for each performance, reflecting through their undirected response, the community’s role (and risk) in the individual and often transgressive nature of art making.

Nameless forest also features diary fragments and imagery by photojournalist Mike Kamber, neon effects from visual artist Gandalf Gavan, an original score by environmental and found sound composer Stephen Vitiello, Costumes are by Roxana Ramseur with lighting and technical design by Vincent Vigilante.

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About the Artists:
Sungmyung Chun received his B.F.A and M.F.A from Suwon University in South Korea. Chun’s seventh solo exhibition Swallowing the Shadow was recently held at TouchART Gallery in Heyri Art Valley, Paju, Korea. Chun participated in ARCO 2007, Art Rotterdam 2007, Busan Biennale 2006 and Gwangju Biennale 2000 as well as various group exhibitions internationally including Italy, France, Israel, Spain and China. He is the recipient of the grand prize at the Kim Sejoonj Young Sculptor Awards and the third prize at the 2007 Micro-Narratives, October Salon, in Belgrade, Serbia. Chun’s works can be found in the collections of Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada, and Gyeonggido Museum of Art, Ansan, South Korea.

Chun lectures in Kyunghee University’s College of Fine Arts and Chugye University for the Arts. TouchArt published his book, Swallowing the Shadow, in 2008. Dean Moss is a director, choreographer and media artist. Through his company Gametophyte Inc. he creates video works and multidisciplinary collaborations that have been exhibited and performed internationally. These works have received various grants, fellowships, and awards, including: The New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts Artist Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowships in both Choreography and Multidisciplinary Works, and residencies at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography.

Moss was the Curator of Dance and Performance at The Kitchen from 1999-2004 and served as a Curatorial Advisor until 2009. He taught for a year as a Guest Professor at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (2003-04) and two years (2007-09) as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. He is currently teaching a course in Transcultural Performance Collaboration in the department of Theater Studies at Yale. For more information and images, go to

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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