On a normal day, Gibney’s 23 studios are a bustling artistic nexus. We love walking down the hallway and seeing different artists, different projects, and different communities making each space their own. We are missing that feeling, and want to find a way to share it with you.
We’ve asked a group of renters whose rehearsals, showings, workshops, and events have been postponed or suspended to give us a glimpse of what they’re working on, share the ways we can support them right now, and tell us what the first thing they’ll do is once they’re back in the studio.
The first thing we’ll do? Close our eyes, feel the floor supporting us, and take a deep breath of gratitude.
RENTER SPOTLIGHT: looseKANONdance
“I have a new appreciation of the symbiotic relationship between choreographer and dancer.”
Who are you?
looseKANONdance, created by Kanon Sapp, is a fiscally sponsored boutique contemporary dance company based in New York City. The company’s mission is to investigate the enigmatic, malleability of movement invention while honoring artistic expression, by pioneering unique performance art intricately assembled with gestural, dynamic, vulnerable, and technical elements. The work indulges in creating alternate performance realities, which are jarring yet remarkably human; intimately personal yet wildly interpretive, scoped through the female perspective.
P L A S T I C invites audience members into a chilling, inoperative doll factory. The dolls are intricately manufactured to depict a cliche, wholesome family in the 1950s. The family is perceived to exist in perfection. However, hidden is a volatile environment saturated in control, stereotypical gender and family roles, unachievable standards of physical beauty, and punishment.
How can we support you right now?
Please check out www.loosekanondance.com and @loosekanondance on all social media handles. Stay tuned… We have a big announcement coming VERY soon!
What is your favorite memory of working in Gibney’s studios?
My favorite memory is getting to create our work V E I L. We created the entire piece inside Studio Z. It will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you for giving artists such a gorgeous and welcoming space to work!
What are you most looking forward to about being back in the studio?
I am most looking forward to putting movement back on bodies. I have a new appreciation of the symbiotic relationship between choreographer and dancer.
What is the first thing you will do when you are back in the studio?
I can’t wait to hug my dancers!
Top photo of Kanon Sapp courtesy of the artist.