Rules Of The Game
Jonah Bokaer is one of the leading innovators of American contemporary dance, and Rules Of The Game is his groundbreaking partnership with visual artist Daniel Arsham and multi-GRAMMY® Award-winner Pharrell Williams.
This Australian exclusive is fresh from its premiere in Dallas in May and ahead of its New York premiere in November.
Rules Of The Game, based loosely on Pirandello, is a multidisciplinary work for eight dancers – some of the most gifted of their generation – featuring dance, video and sculpture.
This is dance as visual art.
Bokaer is the youngest dancer to ever join Merce Cunningham’s company and is Robert Wilson’s regular choreographic collaborator. His crisp, elegant aesthetic is a sculptural accompaniment to Arsham’s offbeat, architectural environments and Williams’ first-ever orchestral score for theatre or dance.
Rules Of The Game is performed with two earlier works: RECESS (2010), Bokaer’s signature solo, and Why Patterns (2011), a series of choreographed games featuring 5,000 ping pong balls.
Read The Australian's review here
Choreographer/Director: Jonah Bokaer
Jonah Bokaer has been active as a choreographer and exhibiting artist since 2002. The creator of 55 works in a wide variety of media (dances, videos, drawings, motion capture works, interactive installations, mobile applications, and film), Bokaer’s work has been produced in venues around the world, including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Festival d’Avignon, Spoleto Festival, La Triennale di Milano, and SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival. Bokaer has performed at the Guggenheim Museum, P.S.1 MoMA, and The New Museum in New York City. He founded Chez Bushwick in 2002, and co-founded CPR - Center for Performance Research with John Jasperse in 2008. Bokaer has collaborated with artists including Anne Carson, Merce Cunningham, Robert Gober, Anthony McCall, Tino Sehgal, Lee Ufan (Guggenheim Retrospective 2011), and Robert Wilson. As choreographer for Robert Wilson, he has completed six operas including Faust (Polish National Opera), Aïda (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma), and On The Beach (Baryshnikov Arts Center). Bokaer has collaborated with Daniel Arsham on nine full-length works since 2007. In 2015 he received the United States Artists Fellowship in Choreography, was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow in Choreography, and in 2016 won Italy's Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, in the Visual Arts category. During Next Wave Festival 2016, he is confirmed as one of the Resident Fellows at Jennifer Homan's NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts.
Scenographer: Daniel Arsham
New York based artist Daniel Arsham’s multidisciplinary practice challenges the line between art, architecture and performance. Arsham attended the Cooper Union in New York, where he received the Gelman Trust Fellowship Award in 2003. He created stage design and toured with Merce Cunningham’s Dance Company, leading to ongoing stage design practice and a sustained collaboration with choreographer Jonah Bokaer. Arsham founded Snarkitecture with partner Alex Mustonen in 2007. This architecture collaboration has included work with fashion brands, interior and architectural design, and a complete line of functional design objects. In 2014, Arsham founded the production company Film The Future. His work has been shown at MoMA PS1 in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, Athens Biennial in Greece, The New Museum in New York, Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, CA, and Carré d’Art de Nîmes in France, among others.
Composer: Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams is a GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, songwriter, and artist behind a staggering number of R&B, hip-hop, and pop music hits. His songwriting/production work with the Neptunes (with Chad Hugo) included dance-pop for Britney Spears, hardcore rap for Clipse, and R&B for Babyface. Williams’ first solo album In My Mind(2006) debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart. He has collaborated with Jay-Z, Solange, Madonna, Gloria Estefan, Frank Ocean, and Kendrick Lamar. Williams was co-producer/co-songwriter on 2013’s worldwide hit Blurred Lines from Robin Thicke. The soundtrack for Despicable Me 2 featured songs by Williams, including the smash Happy, which received an Academy Award / Oscar nomination for the Best Original Song of 2014. Williams joined TV’s The Voice as a coach in 2014. Rules Of The Game marks Mr. Williams' first original score for dance or theatre.
Charles Fabius / Producer
Kirstin Kapustik / General Manager,
Natasha Katerinopoulos, Program Manager / Company Manager
Monica Soderman / Stage Manager and Technical Supervisor
Aaron Copp, Lighting Director
Thu 15 Sep 7pm
Fri 16 Sep 7pm
Sat 17 Sep 2pm
Sat 17 Sep 7pm
RECESS 20 minutes
Why Patterns 30 minutes
Rules Of The Game 30 minutes