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Downstreet Art Presents Site Specific Performance

08/26/2013

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - On Aug. 29, DownStreet Art's newest pop up gallery, "CARAVAN PLUS," at 69 Union St. will present "inhabit (artifact)," a site-specific performance in conjunction with the current exhibition, "CARAVAN PLUS; The Collective Work of Eiko and Koma,"  6-8:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

"Inhabit (artifact)" is an examination of corporeality, practice and place making by choreographer/performer Kerri Countryman. Countryman investigates performance as a medium to examine ideas of intimacy, body, and environment. Additionally, she explores movement through African, Latin American, social and street dance.

"Inhabit (artifact)" will take place in and around the "CARAVAN PLUS" exhibition. The piece draws from elements found in Eiko and Koma's work, juxtaposing movement with environment to provoke the audience to question and ponder their own relationship with everyday notions of time, space, and their surroundings.

Viewers will have the opportunity to witness Countryman at various stages of inhabiting the space, which includes the gallery and its surroundings. The audience is free to come and go as they please for the duration of the performance, while also viewing the exhibition.

Following the performance, there will be an informal artist reception from 8:15 to 9 p.m.

The current exhibition, "CARAVAN PLUS," features the visual documentation of Japanese-born choreographer/dancers, Eiko and Koma. Their performance art is created out of movement that emphasizes stillness and incorporates shape, light and sound to expose the audience to the vulnerability of their bodies.

"CARAVAN PLUS" includes a breadth of Eiko and Koma's visual work, including videos, photography, hand-made sets and costumes, as well as the caravan, a large trailer transformed into an art object/performance platform from their performance piece "The Caravan Project," which recently was on view at MoMA this past January.

There will be a trolley service providing transportation from the DownStreet Art events on Main Street to CARAVAN PLUS at 69 Union St. continuously from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday night, Aug. 29.

 "CARAVAN PLUS" is open from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sundays. The exhibit will be open through Sept. 2, and then be available for viewing by appointment only through October.

For more information about "CARAVAN PLUS", please visit DownStreetArt.org, http://caravan69union.wordpress.com/, or call Berkshire Cultural Resource Center at (413) 664 8718.

For images, go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcrc/sets/72157634661585731/