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Breaking and Entering

Debut evening-length collaboration between disabled artists Jerron Herman and Molly Joyce, exploring the potential of physical immobility.

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NY Times Mention

Posted on September 14, 2019 by Molly Joyce

New York Times mention!

Nov. 12, 15-16 at Danspace Project: danspaceproject.org/calendar/herman-joyce

“And the choreographer Jerron Herman teams up with the composer Molly Joyce to explore congenital and acquired physical immobility in ‘Breaking and Entering’ (Nov. 12 and 15-16)”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/12/arts/dance/fall-dance-calendar.html

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Kennedy Center Preview

Posted on August 8, 2019 by Molly Joyce

Our collaborative work Breaking and Entering will be previewed on Saturday, Sept. 21 as part of the Kennedy Center’s National Dance Day! Featuring a solo danced by Jerron and new music by Molly — more info.

Premiere in November

Posted on August 8, 2019 by Molly Joyce

Our collaborative work Breaking and Entering will premiere at Danspace Project in New York, NY this Nov. 12, 15, and 16!

The work will explore congenital and acquired physical immobility through our parallel weak left sides. Cracking a constrained narrative of disability, our diametric experiences will clash, cohere, and eventually congeal to reveal a dynamic picture of intersection. Featuring sound design by Michael Hammond and video design by Daniel Kim.

Overview

Breaking and Entering is a collaborative work between interdisciplinary artist Jerron Herman and composer/performer Molly Joyce, both celebrated artists known for their unique artistry which incorporates their physical disabilities. The work will be an evening-length exploration of immobility through dance and music, challenging traditional notions regarding impairment in the human body and seeking to uncover the creative potential of such. It will be produced with support from The Canales Project, workshopped at venues including The Watermill Center and Performance Space New York, and premiered at Danspace Project in spring 2020.

The work builds upon Herman and Joyce’s initial collaborations, including video Body and Being and live performance Phys. Ed. / aREST / Phys. Ed. BALANCE. Body and Being is a music video produced by The Roof Films, featuring original movement and music by Herman and Joyce which premiered in June 2018. The video features lyrics and music written/performed by Joyce with her voice, vintage toy organ, and electronics, which explores the artistic question of physical loss within the human body, set to original movement by Herman in film shot at The Bronx’s Seton Falls park. The collaboration was an opportune platform for Herman and Joyce to familiarize themselves with each other’s work and process, and continued in November/December 2018 with Herman’s Phys. Ed. / aREST / Phys. Ed. BALANCE at New York’s Gibney Dance Center, utilizing multiple samples from Joyce’s musical work. Both works generated the desire to work further on a more in-depth, longer collaboration.

Furthermore, both artists have unique engagement with physicality in their output. Joyce’s Left and Right video seeks to emulate physical immobility through the combination of text, music, and visual image, while Herman’s Phys. Ed is a meditation and reconstruction of the experience of physical education experience for the disabled body..

Therefore with Breaking and Entering, Herman and Joyce seek to cooperate in a closer way than ever before, specifically in regards to their parallel disabilities. Both artists have weaker left sides — Herman with cerebral palsy and Joyce an impaired hand from a previous car accident. Thus the artistic process and output seeks physical, personal and visceral parallels and departures, in regards to each’s discipline and how their individual disability formed. Herman’s disability is congenital as he was born with cerebral palsy, and Joyce’s acquired from a previous car accident. The work will investigate the potential of a physically silent left side through the complementary yet divergent artistic forms of dance and music, and pursue the common ground between congenital and gained disability. This commonality is sought to find the unique and creative potential, and to shine a light on the vast diversity of disability as a political minority and identity — one that can be born and gained, lost and acquired, and is statistically the largest minority in the US (19% according to the Institute on Disability), yet perhaps the most publicly unacknowledged.

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Body and Being – Jerron Herman & Molly Joyce
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Music video for “Body and Being,” with choreography and dance by Jerron Herman, music composed and performed by Molly Joyce, and produced by Jack Frerer and Liana Kleinman of The Roof Films.

Left and Right
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Features: Molly Joyce

Created in collaboration with Olga Stucker, as part of Zürich Academy of the Arts’s 2018 Research Academy. Aimed to explore intersection of lyrical language, physical performance and video documentation for embodying physical immovability, specifically of that pertaining to an impaired left hand.

Phys. Ed
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Features: Jerron Herman

Choreographed by Jerron Herman, Music by Randall Woolf. Premiered at Danspace Project, March 2017. A meditation and reconstruction of the experience of P.E for the disabled body.

Start and End Dates

02/01/201905/31/2020

Location

New York, New York

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Last update on September 14, 2019

Associated Events

November 16, 2019 | New York, NY
November 15, 2019 | New York, NY
November 12, 2019 | New York, NY
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Composer and performer Molly Joyce’s music has been described as one of “serene power” (New York Times), written to “superb effect” (The Wire), and “impassioned” (The Washington Post). Her works have been commissioned and performed by ensembles including the New World, New York Youth, Pittsburgh, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, and the New Juilliard, Decoda, and…

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choreographer, dancer
New York, New York

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