by Sarah Nagle

“Devotion” is a durational visual performance in three movements. Designed for ChaShaMa’s Space to Present storefront gallery at 266 West 37th Street, “Devotion” is a public art project made possible by ChaShaMa’s Enlivening NYC Grant, the National Endowment for the Arts and The New York State Council on the Arts.

Movement I

Over 180 hours in 20 days, the dancer creates a room-size geometric grid covering the walls and floor with a pencil and 60° triangle stencil. Once complete, they paint the room following the lines of the grid revealing a color-saturated kaleidoscopic world.

The performance may be viewed on the sidewalk at 266 West 37th Street, New York City every day from 10:00am – 7:00pm beginning 06-01-2020 – 06-20-2020.

Movement II

Each week, the dancer makes a movement phrase following the grid of the painting and performs it in repetition for 2 hours every Saturday from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. The phrase is carried over into the next week, building a longer and longer phrase.

The dancer continues to paint the grid, fragmenting and deconstructing the painting beginning 07-14-20 every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 2:00pm – 6:00pm. The evolving painting shapes the dance, and the dance remembers the evolving painting.

The performance may be viewed from the sidewalk at 266 West 37th Street, New York City or virtually via Zoom and will be held on:

Saturday, 07-25-20 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, 08-01-20 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, 08-08-20 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, 08-15-20 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, 08-22-20 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, 08-29-20 6:00pm – 8:00pm

The audience may view the performance as they choose; attending any day(s) at any time(s).

Movement III

The dancer paints the room back to white, and it culminates in a final performance of the movement phrase built in Movement II on Saturday, 09-05-2020 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

About the Artist

Sarah Nagle is a New York-based multi-disciplinary artist working with dance performance and visual art. Their writing on gender and dance has been published by Dance Magazine Online and Cultured Magazine, and their durational performance installations have been shown in Times Square and One World Trade through Chashama and during Art Basel Miami with RAW POP UP.

Nagle studied ballet under Deborah Boughton at the Center for Ballet in Syracuse, NY. They received Honors in Dance Composition and Dance Movement Therapy from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD and continued to train as a scholarship student with Jennifer Muller/The Works in New York, NY. They have collaborated with Justin Ross (STREB), and they danced for Salvatore LaRussa, Mario Bermudez-Gil (Batsheva), and Jessica Taylor/DAMAGEDANCE. Sarah is currently studying Zero Balancing with Michael Oruch and continues to study ballet with Sharon Milanese and Caitlin Scranton (Lucinda Childs).

Currently, Nagle is evolving a visual art performance project that uses meditative practices to create infinite structural realities that begin with the same geometric grid. Their newest work shows a continued interest in time-space as a canvas, color/light as a building block, and the practice of expanding presence in performance.

To learn more about Sarah Nagle and her work, visit her website and her Instagram.

About Enliven NYC

Four New York City Avante-Garde performance artists will each receive a stipend to present daily live interactive performances at four locations throughout Manhattan that will spark your imagination. “Chashama is returning to its roots. Live window installations like we had in the good old days,” says Anita Durst, founder of Chashama.

This grant was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts and The New York State Council on the Arts.

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