BUFFALO, N.Y -- New York-based artist Saya Woolfalk will be in
residence at the University at Buffalo through April 15 developing
another chapter of "No Place," her ongoing "deceptively cute,
motley investigation of otherness."
Woolfalk's phantasmagorical and gloriously colorful work
references Sir Thomas More's "Utopia" (a pun meaning both "good
place" and "no place"), one of the first books to invoke the
analogy a voyage of discovery and discoveries of the mind.
Her residency will involve a series of public workshops and open
rehearsals culminating in a free public performance of the
resulting dance work, "No Place: A Ritual of the Empathetics," on
April 15 at 4 p.m. in the UB Art Gallery, Center for the Arts, on
UB's North (Amherst) Campus.
The April 15 performance will be choreographed in a 13-session
course with five student dancers from the UB Department of Theatre
and Dance: Hilary Freeland, Lauren Palmieri, Krista Scimeca, Sara
Senecal and Brittany Sprung. It will be performed to an original
score by Kevin S. McFaddin, an accompanist for the department.
Through May 9, the gallery is sponsoring "No Place," an
exhibition of Woolfalk's art that curator Sandra Firmin says
articulates "a Technicolor society of lush abundance composed of
the detritus of our market economy."
Firmin says, "Woolfalk's alchemical process transforms the
wasteful leavings of our consumer civilization into polychromatic
totems and bodysuits sprouting bulbous forms that blend with the
vibrant landscape of her invention.
"She invites us to make a journey to 'No Place,'" Firmin says,
"and to witness its androgynous inhabitants enact empathetic
explorations of self and other as a form of creative
During her residence Woolfalk will transform the UB Art Gallery
into a stage and studio. The public can attend dress rehearsals and
participate in artist-led workshops, during which participant will
make unique "Empathetics" t-shirts that will be worn by audience
members during the performance.
The workshops will be held on Saturdays (March 21, April 11)
from 2-4 p.m. and the rehearsals will be held on Thursdays (March
26, April 2 and April 9) from 5-7 p.m.
The UB Art Gallery is funded by the UB College of Arts Sciences,
the Visual Arts Building Fund, the Seymour H. Knox Foundation Fine
Arts Fund, and the Fine Arts Center Endowment.