2014-2017 Collaborative Project with Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison
Performances October 19-21, 2017
Choreography: Diane Arvanites and Tommy Neblett
Visuals, Video, and Props: Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison
Artistic Collaborators/Dancers: Callie Chapman Korn, Naoko Brown, Danielle Davidson, Lonnie Stanton, Flora Kim, Shoshana Moyer, Jacob Reagan
October 19 – 21, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Delbridge Family Center for the Arts, Natick MA
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Influence– the effect on something, the power to sway or affect
Impact – the force of collision, having strong influence/effect on something or someone
Imprint – having a lasting impact/effect, mark something, make an idea or image permanent
For this collaboration, Prometheus Dance and the ParkHarrisons merge ideas and efforts through residencies over a period of time to complete an evening length piece. We have arrived at the final result. Project I.I.I. (But For Clouds) presents ideas from vaudeville vignettes which segue into relating dance sections (Influence). The work combines dance, steam punk visuals and video projection. The company are the protagonists as well as movement collaborators and the directors create movement sequences within the constructed fantasy of each ParkeHarrison concept or vignette. (Impact) Project I.I.I. combines the absurd and obvious into an evening mining and merging memory with new experience. (Imprint)
Prometheus Dance and the ParkeHarrisons examine behavioral, cultural and historical influences in an evening length piece. Project I.I.I. contains the essence of crowd psychology, attachment, the exchange of power, fear, curiosity, bravery, and addiction. Like a Beckett play, Project I.I.I. is a combination of macabre, minimalist, absurd and existential events that form a social commentary.
Arvanites and Neblett create work that reaches through concrete experience into the labyrinth of the collective conscience mind through movement. The ParkeHarrisons combine elaborate sets within landscapes to address issues surrounding man’s relationship to the earth and technology while additionally delving into the human condition. Their individual and combined work taps into the collective conscious mind through visceral visual image.
As Artists we feel that we generate work from a similar platform of concerns and that our work is compatible. Our ultimate goal is to create a piece founded in depth and beauty, and by beauty we do not wish to convey what is accepted as conventional beauty. It is our belief that beauty is a relative factor in life and in art and that by asking questions aimed at uncovering the depth of the human spirit and condition we might reveal some kind of truth about who we are which can then lead to eventual understanding.
Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison construct fantasies in the guise of environmental performances for the protagonists of their images. Robert ParkeHarrison studied photography at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of New Mexico. In 1999 he was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Shana ParkeHarrison received a degree in painting from William Woods College. She went on to study Dance history and metalsmithing at University of New Mexico. The ParkeHarrisons’ collaboration has developed organically over the past eighteen years. In 2000 they began to publicly claim co-authorship of their images. In 2007 The ParkeHarrisons were awarded the Nancy Graves Foundation Fellowship. “The Architect’s Brother,” a museum exhibition of 45 of their images traveled throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Currently their images are included in various group exhibitions including, “ The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama,” “Imaging a Shattered Earth: Contemporary Photography and the Environmental Debate” and “Envisioning Change,” an exhibition in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme’s, World Environment Day.
Their works are included in numerous collections including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago and the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House. Currently they have a large mural on view at the Worcester Art Museum, entitled, These Days of Maiuma.They have two monographs published by Twin Palms Publishers, The Architect’s Brother and Counterpoint. They are represented by Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago and Slete Gallery in Los Angeles.
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