On View: November 1
Between Performance and Document presents video documentation of recent Kitchen programs to explore the afterlives of performance. This series contemplates an expanded relationship between performance documentation and the ephemerality of live work.
The first installment of the series Between Performance and Document features a full cut of video documentation from three dance performances as part of Matthew Lutz-Kinoy’s Filling Station across two partner locations—Horatio Street Gas Station (September 14 and 15, 2023) and Dia Beacon (September 23, 2023) co-presented with Dia Art Foundation.
A newly commissioned project by Paris, France-based American multidisciplinary artist Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Filling Station comprises three dance performances sited across two partner locations, and an exhibition of a new series of paintings, archival materials, audiovisual elements and ephemera by the artist at The Kitchen’s satellite loft space at Westbeth in the West Village.
For this project, Lutz-Kinoy reinterprets the one-act ballet Filling Station originally staged by the short-lived troupe Ballet Caravan (1936-1940)—which grew out of American Ballet, co-founded by Lincoln Kirstein, George Balanchine and Edward Warburg—as part of a presentation titled A Sunday in Town, which debuted in Hartford, Connecticut, on January 6, 1938. This ballet is credited as the first ballet directed by an American choreographer, danced by an American company, and based on an American theme, with music and designs by American artists. Lutz-Kinoy’s restaging considers this 1938 work of American dance through a contemporary lens, creating a dynamic, queered space for reflection on race, class, and gender.
Lutz-Kinoy’s Filling Station features new choreography by Niall Jones (lead choreographer) with Raymond Pinto (consulting choreographer); a new music score made by James Ferraro; a set design by Lutz-Kinoy; and costumes by Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta of fashion label Eckhaus Latta. The ensemble of dancers includes Bria Bacon, Ayano Elson, Maxfield Haynes, Niall Jones, Kris Lee, Niala, and Mina Nishimura.
The recording, produced and edited by Al Foote III, combines video footage from each performance date.
Video: Bria Bacon, Ayano Elson, Maxfield Haynes, Niall Jones, Kris Lee, Niala, and Mina Nishimura in Matthew Lutz-Kinoy: Filling Station at Horatio Street Gas Station (September 14 and 15, 2023) and Dia Beacon (September 23, 2023) co-presented by The Kitchen and Dia Art Foundation as part of The Kitchen’s Fall 2023 Season. Videography by Al Foote III, Howard Silver, and Dan Wolfe. Editing and production by Al Foote III.
The Kitchen’s programs are made possible in part with support from The Kitchen’s Board of Directors, The Kitchen Leadership Fund, and the Director’s Council, as well as through generous support from The Amphion Foundation, Inc., Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, Inc., Ford Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Marta Heflin Foundation, Lambent Foundation Fund, a fund of Tides Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Open Society Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, Ruth Foundation For The Arts, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Simons Foundation, and Teiger Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.