As long as he can remember, Sidney Pink has been deeply interested in drawing and dance. It all began during his childhood when he took art and dance classes at local studios. He then went on to study visual arts at the Maryland Institute’s College of Art. Today, he is getting ready to premiere his largest performance to date, Flatlands.
Flatlands is an art-installation performance piece combining dance and live drawing. Pink explains that this unique idea stems from his background: “As a practicing artist I have always been in both the drawing world and the dance world. There came this moment when I thought it would be interesting to work with moving people, instead of photos or models. I got dancers that I knew together and we began exploring. Over the past year, those explorations started to formulate and come together to create this piece.”
In addition to experimenting and trying new ideas with dancers, Pink was also influenced by other artists and their work. In particular, he was inspired by Trisha Brown. Brown is known for her work that involves putting charcoal on her hands and feet and then moving on a canvas. Pink says that “one of the things I love about her drawings is how you can’t help but see her body and imagine how it might have moved to create each line. You can tell that a hand came over here, and then perhaps moved and stopped over there. Drawing by its very nature is embedded with time and space. For me, that’s why I believe there’s a natural link between drawing and movement.”
This work promises to be exciting because of its unique format. Unlike a traditional performance where the audience and performers remain in their own spaces for the duration of the work, Flatlands travels throughout the building. In Flatlands, the audience will move with the performers through a dreamlike environment of light, sound, drawing, and movement. In addition, the performance involves a lot of improvisation. Pink describes that Flatlands is “at its best when it’s using the energy of the performers and the audience that is in that particular space, on that specific day, and during that exact time. There’s some risk in improvisation, but there’s also great opportunity that something special and unexpected could happen for all involved.”
Pink is confident that “Flatlands is really going to feel like a journey for the audience. They are going to feel different leaving the space then how they felt when they came in. Come with an adventurous spirit and be ready to jump in.”
Flatlands will be performed at the E.M.P Space on March 16th at 8pm, March 17th at 8pm, and March 18th at 3pm and 8pm. Tickets are a suggested $10 donation.
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Preview written by Madeline Maxine Gorman