Center For Performance Research
World Premiere Expanded Cinema Performance by Lucy Kerr
Co-presented by Dance Films Association, CPR and MONO NO AWARE
Produced by MONO NO AWARE with the help of ColorLab, MD
LOOK FOR ME (2016) is a multimedia project intersecting a two channel film and performance. The film component of this work was shot on 16mm using an Arri S camera. Portions of the film were hand processed by the director and the footage was edited digitally. The music accompanying this piece is an original score composed on both analog synthesizers and digital software and recorded on a reel to reel tape machine.
LOOK FOR ME is a visual portrait of a female figure in conversation with her memory. The performer on stage is multiplied through the projected images of herself in distant landscapes. This work is inspired by Simone de Beauvoir’s notion of ambiguity, in which a person is painted as being both subject and object. In LOOK FOR ME, the figure is extracted from herself as other than herself. The audience is invited to witness the performer as if she is looking at herself through the lens of her imagination.
Directed, created, choreographed, and produced by Lucy Kerr
Performed by Elyse Desmond
Edited by David Bartner
Music produced by Clay Wilson
Music composed by Clay Wilson and Jack Leahy
Cinematography by Carmen Hilbert
Lighting design by Mike Faba
Production intern and assistant director: Lauren Bumgarner
Production assistant and assistant director: Blanche Jamail
Fiscal Sponsor: Dance Films Association
David and Becky Crow
Mimi and Rob Kerr
Laurie and Blake Liedtke
Mary and Bill Winters
The 2014 George H. Mitchell Award for Academic Excellence
Lucy Kerr is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, filmmaker, performance and installation artist, and writer. Kerr was born in Houston, TX in 1990. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. in Theater and Dance from The University of Texas at Austin, where she was the grand-prize winner of the 2014 Co-op/George H. Mitchell Awards for Academic Excellence for her undergraduate thesis. Kerr was selected as a 2014-2016 Fellow at LEIMAY in Brooklyn, NY. She creates films and performances inspired by tension between reality, memory, and imagination. She often combines film and performance mediums in the same moment as a way to embody the simultaneous and contrasting dynamics of personal experience. Kerr has created immersive installations for The Chimney NYC and Co-Lab Projects (Austin, TX). Her performances have been presented at The Brooklyn Museum, Triskelion Arts, IDIO Gallery, and LEIMAY. Kerr’s film, Burning As It Runs, will make its world premiere at the 2016 San Francisco Dance Film Festival. Kerr was the writer of LEIMAY’s theoretical and archival publication accompanying the production of ‘borders’ at BAM. Her own writing involves research in existentialism, performance and film theory, social theory, and Eastern thought, and serves as an undercurrent for her film and performance projects.
"I first encountered Mono No Aware just a couple days after I moved to New York City (a little more than two years ago) through a flyer. I was then a dance maker who had a secret and intense love for cinema. Seeing the flyer made me excited about alternative educational possibilities for filmmaking in Brooklyn. It was around then that I decided to make my first movie (and since then I have made five others). I attended several MNA events and took a few workshops. I directed a piece shot by MNA instructor Amanda Katz on both 16mm and digital. Steve Cossman saw the project (Burning As It Runs) as a video projection and live performance in June 2015. Though I am new filmmaker with no formal training in film, Steve saw something in me from my past works. Mono No Aware has been a significant mentor and educator of mine, and I am grateful to MNA for giving me the resources that have made it possible for me to create this production. LOOK FOR ME is a piece that has lived in my imagination for years, and it feels surreal to now be able to share these moments dreams, realized through merging multiple mediums of moving image." - Lucy Kerr
CPR is an artist-driven initiative, co-founded by Jonah Bokaer | Chez Bushwick and John Jasperse | Thin Man Dance, Inc. CPR’s mission is to support the development of new works in contemporary dance, performance and related forms, and to promote awareness of and appreciation for contemporary performing arts. CPR is particularly interested in supporting artistic processes that integrate visual design, installation, and technology. More info at http://www.cprnyc.org/events/mono-x-look-for-me/.
"CPR has been host to MONO NO AWARE’s classes and screening events since 2011. Each year MONO provides over 200 hours of instruction from CPR’s studios, in many cases utilizing both CPR and its diverse neighborhood as the backdrop for its students’ films. MONO is a valuable part of the CPR network, providing a unique opportunity for collaboration between the film and dance communities." - Sydney Gilbert