Verónica Peña & Hector Canonge at Triskelion Arts, New York City

Stony Brook Studio Art MFA Alumni Verónica Peña is opening a collaborative performance art work titled DE LO POSIBLE (Of Possibilities), which explores human (dis)connections, language barriers, non-verbal communication, and intercultural exchange between subjects of different cultures. The performance will take place on Thursday, March 16th, and Sunday, March 19th, 7:30 PM at TRISKELION ARTS: Split Bill Program in New York City. For information and tickets visit: triskelionarts.org/split-bill-mar-2017

DE LO POSIBLE (Of Possibilities) is a movement-based performance art work informed by Butoh practice and traditional dances from Spain and South America. The performance explores human (dis)connections, language barriers, non-verbal communication, and intercultural exchange between two subjects (a male and a female performer) belonging to different yet interconnected cultures. The above notions are explored through a performance that combines choreographed corporeal movement, dance theater, and multimedia elements such as dynamic projected text, electronic sounds, lighting design, and the use of visual objects. The performance consists of three interrelated parts: Encounter, Rupture, and Harmony.

Hector Canonge is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and cultural entrepreneur based in New York City. His work incorporates the use of new media technologies, cinematic narratives, performance, and socially engaged art to explore and treat issues related to constructions of identity, gender roles, and the politics of migration. Challenging the white box settings of a gallery or a museum, or intervening directly in public spaces, his performances mediate movement, endurance, and ritualistic processes. Some of his actions and carefully choreographed performances involve collaborating with other artists and interacting with audiences. His installations, interactive platforms, and performance art work have been exhibited and presented in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. As cultural entrepreneur, Canonge created, and organizes independently the annual Contemporary Performance Art Festival NYC, ITINERANT. He started projects such as ARTerial ​PERFORMANCE LAB (APLAB), a transcontinental initiative to foster collaboration among performance artists from the Americas, PERFORMEANDO, a program that focuses on featuring Hispanic performance artists living in the USA and Europe, NEXUSURNEXUS a platform for Live Action Art, and PERFORMAXIS, an international residency program in in Latin America. Canonge teaches Media Arts and Technology at City University of New York, and directs projects, programs and initiatives from MODULO 715 his new studio in Jackson Heights, Queens. After living abroad for almost 3 years, the artist came back to NYC in 2015, launched TALKaCTIVE: Performance Art Conversation Series, and the new Performance Art initiative LiVEART.US hosted at the Queens Museum and other public institutions.

Verónica Peña is an interdisciplinary artist from Spain based in the United States. Her work explores the themes of absence, separation, and the search for harmony through performance art. Peña is interested in migration policies, cross-cultural dialogue, and women’s empowerment. Recent works include experimental participatory performances that create shared moments amongst strangers. Peña has performed in various countries around Europe, Asia, and America. Her work has been featured at NYU’s Hemispheric Institute, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Queens Museum, Grace Exhibition Space, Times Square, Armory Show, and DUMBO Arts Festival, amongst others. In Spain, her work has been exhibited at Casa de America (Madrid), Fundacion Antonio Saura (Cuenca), Museo Orus (Zaragoza), and Fundacion Caja Rioja (La Rioja), amongst others. She was a recipient of the Socrates and Erasmus Grants, a Universidad Complutense de Madrid Fellowship, and a candidate for the Dedalus Foundation Grant. She was an Artist-in-Residence at Vermont Studio Center, United States. She has published “The Presence Of The Absent”, a thesis about her body of work. She was a visiting artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She curates “Collective Becoming”, an initiative to make our cities a place less hostile. She is currently at work on her new project about freedom, fear, and resistance, “The Substance of Unity”.

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