Elizabeth Alexander Performance: The Aftermath
Experience a moving piece of art as dancers call upon themes reflected in Elizabeth Alexander’s newly installed work and you did not even know enough to be sorry. Referencing our fleeting sense of safety and loss within these “unprecedented times,” this scene of comfort and order becomes a beautiful disaster of paper storm debris mixed with deliberate deconstruction. Blakeney Bullock and Miles Yeung-Tieu move within Alexander’s site-specific installation to an original soundtrack by Todd Bowser.
The performers embody the great oscillation between immobility and mania that happens inside catastrophic weather events—tightness-holding despair on one side; beauty, relief, release, and mutual aid on the other. The body, like the storm, holds unknowable multitudes and can become a comfortable order or a tragic spectacle. What do these extremes do as characters in a duet? What relationships are created, projected, and witnessed? Drop in for a glimpse or stay for the full 90 minutes as this corner of West Building fills with ambient sound and movement.
About the performers
Blakeney Bullock is from North Carolina and currently residing in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts contemporary dance program, 2013 graduate of UNC Charlotte, and most recently a 2021 MFA graduate from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She has had the pleasure to dance throughout the US and Europe. Bullock is currently focused on making her own sound collage, choreographic work, and teaching kindergarten and first grade dance at the International School of Louisiana.
Miles Yeung-Tieu, originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is a dance artist currently based in Philadelphia. His performance credits include Brian Sander’s JUNK, Stacey Tookey’s Still Motion, Helen Simoneau Danse, La Biennale di Venezia’s Arsenale della Danza, and the New York City production of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Yeung-Tieu has worked with international dance artists including Ismael Ivo (Brazil, Italy), Isabel Lewis (Germany), and Douglas Becker (Belgium) while studying and performing across Europe. He received his training at the University of the Arts, completing both his BFA in modern performance (2014) and MFA in dance (2019). He currently dances with Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, BigKid Dance, and is a visiting lecturer at Cornell University.
Todd Bowser is a multi-instrumentalist, sound artist, librarian, and spouse to the artist. He has at least a dozen bands across five states in his past, not counting one-off collaborations and chameleonic solo works. He finds stability in the ongoing singular and spontaneous, building meditative collage-like sounds through a variety of recording methods, using instruments either inexpensive or homemade as well as field recordings and found audio from the web and other sources. The degradation of tape, wind noise on a track, an unintelligible vocal strain, and the atonal intonation of neglected strings mirror a degraded world while gently urging its renewal and redemption.