Jessica Gaynor | Quentin Tolimieri |  Naïma Ferré

Saturday August 12th @19:30


Created and performed by: Jessica Gaynor & Quentin Tolimieri

New York Based, dancer/choreographer Jessica Gaynor and musician/composer Quentin Tolimieri present a work of freely improvised music and dance. This piece will explore the new kinds of formal structures and developments that become accessible when engaging in an improvised practice, when the various metaphors (of architecture, of storytelling, of countless others) that are inescapably linked to composed forms are dispensed with, in favor of something more unconceptualizable, subconscious and elemental.


Created and performed by: Naïma Ferré
Coached by: Robert Jan Liethoff

The roots of this solo lies on the entanglement of my experiences both as a contemporary dancer and as a life model. For more than 15 years, both of these activities have collaborated within me like a two-voiced song, supporting and ceaselessly completing each other.
In both practices, my focus lies on a constant search for honesty. I approach honesty as a place where physicality and emotions are aligned, working together, serving and enhancing one another. 
"There is a human-being on stage, a woman, dealing with being exposed: how "being seen" affects her, what happens to the posing or the moving body if we can't hide ourselves? What kind of movement is hidden behind the posing form? What forms come out of the movement? 
Which one from the movement or the pose serves more the process of "being transparent"?
Working within this context of posing, the performer's intent is to explore beyond this frame, seeking for the inner physical and emotional life and spirits of the poses in order to make it visible, looking for transparency of showing herself on stage on "all levels of her being": physical, emotional, mental...
From humanities to animalistic figures through living sculptures, this piece is an invitation to share her inner world."


Jessica Gaynor

Jessica Gaynor is a choreographer, performer and teacher based in Brooklyn, NY. Gaynor's repertory has been set on students at Brown University, Grand Canyon University, the Fieldston School, the Brearley School and Young Dancemakers Company. She has taught workshops at Peridance Capezio Center and Gibney Dance Center, and was a guest choreographer for Amalgamate Dance Companies Artist Showcase. She earned a BA from Brown University, and an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from California Institute of the Arts. Over the last decade, Gaynor has created sixteen works for her company, Jessica Gaynor Dance, including seven evening length pieces, and has performed at venues such as The Skirball Center/NYU, Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out, Danspace Project, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, The 92nd Street Y, The Kitchen, Peridance, Gowanus Art + Production, BAX, Dixon Place, Brown University, among others, and has been presented by Triskelion Arts for eight sold-out seasons, including an encore performance in 2011. Recent grants include a New Music/USA Commission, a Mertz Gilmore Late Stage Production Stipend and an Andrew W. Mellon Space Subsidy. Gaynor proudly serves as Secretary on Triskelion Arts' Board of Directors. 

Quentin Tolimieri

Quentin Tolimieri is a composer, pianist and improvisor. His work has been presented throughout Europe and North America at a variety of venues, including, most recently, Roulette and The Stone (NYC), Instants Chavires and La Chapelle (France) and The SPOR Festival for New Music and Sound Art (Denmark), which presented his long form (three hours in total) multi-channel electronic work Three Comedies in its entirety. His music is included on the album West Coast Soundings (Wandelweiser Records) which has been listed as one of the top ten modern classical albums of 2014 by the Wire Magazine.. As an improvisor he has recorded on the labels pfMENTUM and Creative Sources. A section of eldritch Priest's Boring Formless Nonsense, Experimental Music and the Aesthetics of Failure (Bloomsbury Academic) is devoted to a lengthy discussion of his work Josef, Lieber Josef Mein. He holds an MA in composition from The University of Southampton (UK) and a BFA in composition and piano from California Institute of the Arts. He lives in New York City, and works as a freelance pianist.

Naïma Ferré

As a contemporary dancer and performer based in Berlin, Naïma Ferré focuses on exploring the relationship between body and mind. Mostly through solo dance improvisation – largely influenced by the work of Rosalind Crisp, Naïma also pushes the limits of this exploration through her life model activity – particularly in her organisation of the « Carte blanche für das Modell » evenings – and looks for new spaces within this relationship through whirling – dervish dance.

She works in several performance-installation like Akt by Judith Hummel (Munich, 2013-15), Fluids by Alexandra Pirici (Berlin, 2015) and re-perfomed Luminosity by Marina Abramovic and Mirrorcheck by Joan Jonas in the frame of 12 Rooms (Festival Ruhr Triennale, Essen, 2012) and 14 Rooms (Art Basel, 2014).

As a dancer she works with Isabelle Schad for the projects Volkstanzen Heute, Collective Jumps and Pieces and elements (Berlin, Poznan,… 2014-2017) and Turning Solo (Berlin, 2017), and develops her own solo Peau’rosität (2015).