The Prelude Projects Fund Presents "From the Temple"

The Prelude Projects Fund
112 Waterbury Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA

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The Prelude Projects Fund presents "From the Temple," featuring all female contributors: Dutch duo Pinar Demirdag and Viola Renate in collaboration with choreographers Thea Bautista and Dorothea Garland. "From the Temple" is a presentation that seeks to accentuate the female artist’s distinct voice whilst combining visual arts with dance. Performances will be held June 1st—3rd and June 8th—10th.


Curator: Jennifer Carvalho-Bindi

Artists: Pinar Demirdag and Viola Renate (Pinar&Viola)

Choreographers: Thea Bautista and Dorothea Garland

Dancers: Thea Bautista, Sarah LeGuenno, Dorothea Garland, Isabelle Seiler, Tanya Trombly and Marissa Frey

Costume designer: Gabby Grywalski

Producer: The Prelude Projects Fund


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"From the Temple"

In a Neo-Surrealist pattern that absorbs the vertical and the horizontal, the dynamic and the static, Demirdag and Renate invite entry to an all-consuming space of aesthetic inquiry and play, with walls of glazed eyes, knowing grins and columns of pearls, set against a backdrop of oscillating palms. The installation is an enclosed space that the viewer must make the decision to enter, thus leaving the rational everyday for the transformative unconscious of the artists. Brought to life in a way suited to the spirit of our age, the pattern speaks to the idea of the ancient Roman sacred spring that promised to revitalize the arts and societies. It is about rebirth and renewal. It confronts the senses while signifying something high. It is wild and yet subject to eternal ways.

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"From the Temple" suggests the transcendence of something high and making it visible, and here, the role of the dancer is center in these pursuits. In the limbs of the dancer, in a field of visual extravagance, instinctual life is laid bare. Historically in the visual arts, the dancer has been a metaphor for the rupture from a stifling old order, or a climate of alienation. The female dancer speaks to something pure and intuitive – a figure that represents nature and feeling merging, a fusing of the physical and the spiritual. The new choreographic works complete the total. With no set orientation, like the pattern that encircles and takes in both viewer and dancer, the stage can be viewed from any angle. Each piece demonstrates its choreographer’s singular movement vocabulary. Bautista’s work will open, imparting a sense of immediacy; Garland’s will close the evening in a stylistic language more removed, more of another realm.

Installation Hours


Friday, June 1st and 8th, 7 pm

Saturday, June 2nd and 9th, 6 pm

Sunday, June 3rd and 10th, 5 pm

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