Ivy Baldwin: Keen [No. 2] (World Premiere)

90 minutes

Choreographer Ivy Baldwin’s latest work, Keen [No. 2], is commissioned by the Abrons Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory Theater and The Joyce Theater, as a part of Joyce Unleashed, The Joyce Theater’s off-site series of experimental dance. This new dance for the Abrons Playhouse builds upon Baldwin’s recent Keen (Part 1) for the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, CT.  Keen [No. 2] grows out of an open-eyed exploration of that which we uncomfortably avoid: the contours of grief — the rites and rituals, spoken and unspoken, public and hidden, age-old and brand-new.

Presented as part of Joyce Unleashed, The Joyce’s off-site series of experimental dance, choreographer Ivy Baldwin’s latest work, Keen [No. 2], is co-commissioned by Abrons Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory and The Joyce.

Keen [No. 2]
Choreographed by Ivy Baldwin
Performed by Eleanor SmithKatie WorkumIvy Baldwin, with Anna Adams Stark, Katie Dean, Marya Wethers, Dia Dearstyne, Heather Olson, Kay Ottinger, Tara Sheena, and Tara Willis.
Set Design by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen
Sound Design by Justin Jones
Lighting Design by Chloe Z. Brown
Costume Design by Mindy Nelson
Creative producer Meredith Boggia

Ivy Baldwin Dance, formed in 1999 by NYC-based choreographer, performer, and teacher Ivy Baldwin, is a company dedicated to the creation and performance of new contemporary dance. Baldwin works collaboratively with the dancers and designers of IBD to give form to the quirks of the human experience—the tragedies and trials; the constancy of loss and love; our often comic vulnerability as we walk around in delicate skin-shells, a tender package of failings and fears and fragile organs. Seeking to understand these common and visceral human experiences through abstraction is a theme in Baldwin’s work. Described by critics as a “hunter-gatherer sort of choreographer”, Baldwin deconstructs and compresses the disparate elements of place, personhood, and the emotional extremes that bind them together—life’s underbelly of uncertainty.

Since its inception, Ivy Baldwin Dance has been presented by New York Live Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Chocolate Factory, Dixon Place, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Symphony Space, CATCH in P.S. 122’s COIL Festival, and La MaMa E.T.C, among others. The Company has toured nationally and internationally including: Tanz im August in Berlin, Germany, Dans Contemporan International Dance Festival in Bacau, Romania, REDCAT, Irvine Barclay Theater, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and Appel Farm Arts and Music Center in NJ.

Keen (Part 1) excerpt – solo performed by Ivy Baldwin from Ivy Baldwin on Vimeo.

Major support for The Joyce’s presentation of emerging and experimental artists through Joyce Unleashed provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance.