A ‘living stage’, on which a new ballet will be performed each day
Within the fair, Nick Mauss has constructed a ‘living stage’, on which a new ballet is performed each day. These durational performances take place in a space that has both a visible stage and backstage, responding to the fair environment as a place of constant movement and social dance. The ballet is accompanied and interrupted by newly commissioned texts and music, performed live by Kim Gordon and Juliana Huxtable. Mauss has worked closely with choreographer and Northern Ballet premier dancer Kenneth Tindall and five dancers from the company to develop this piece, with acclaimed choreographer Lorena Randi acting as mentor and dramaturge. Dancers from the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain are also featured. This is the first major performance work by Nick Mauss, who is known mainly for his paintings and sculptures.
Nick Mauss (b.1980, USA) lives in New York and works at the interstices of different media. He is a graduate of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and teaches in the MFA program at Bard College, New York. Mauss has had recent solo exhibitions at Independenza Studio, Rome; Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis; 303 Gallery, New York; and MD72, Berlin. His work has been exhibited at institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Artists Space, New York. He was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial and his writing has been published in Artforum, MAY, Peep Hole, and MAP.