Shared Authorship and Collaborative Practices

Public Program
Nov 10, 2012

Shared Authorship and Collaborative Practices
Art in General, 79 Walker Street, New York, NY 10013
Saturday, November 10, 2012
4pm to 6pm

Art in General is pleased to present an afternoon of discussion featuring three long time collaborative duos in the fields of performance, video, theater and dance. As part of their current exhibition I came here on my own., robbinschilds is joined by Annie-B Parson of Big Dance Theater and Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner of chameckilerner in a dialogue around the unique practice of collaboration in art making. The discussion, moderated by Craig Peterson of Philly Arts Lab, will focus on how partnership has driven the assembled artists’ working practices, the deconstruction of single author/voice as well as the larger institutional response to collaborative art making entities.

robbinschilds was formed by choreographers, Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs in 2003. In 2010 robbinschilds received an Art Matters travel grant to visit and work in Iceland, and in 2011 they were awarded a MAP Fund production grant for their current performance project I came here on my own. robbinschilds has staged several exhibitions/interventions, including Constructions I-IV, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts (2011); and Instruction Construction, Salina Arts Center, Salina, Kansas
 (2011), among others. robbinschilds’ performances and video art screenings include Instruction Construction, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY (2010); SalzburggrubzlaS, Catch, Brooklyn Starr, New York, NY (2010); Layla and Sonya Go Camping, Images Festival, Toronto, Canada; Mount Temper Arts Summer Festival, Mount Temper, NY; The Kitchen, New York, NY (2009-2010); and C.L.U.E., BAM, New York, NY; PS122, New York, NY; The New Museum, New York, NY; Donau Festival, Austria; and the TBA Festival, Portland, Oregon (2007-2009). robbinschilds has been the subject of reviews and articles in such publications as frieze, Artforum, and The New York Times.

Annie B-Parson is co-artistic director, with Paul Lazar, of the OBIE and Bessie award-winning company Big Dance Theater. Big Dance has appeared in venues including: Brooklyn Academy of Music, City Center, DTW, NYLA, Spoleto Festival, The Kitchen, Classic Stage Co., and internationally in Brazil, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. Big Dance’s most recent piece, commissioned by The Anticodes Festival in France and The Walker Art Center, premiered at the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris. Parson created dance for David Byrne’s 2008 world tour. Other recent work: Futurity (ART); Orlando (CSC-Lortel Nomination 2011), Broken Heart (TFNA, Lortel Nomination 2012) and David Bryne and St. Vincent’s recent tour. Parson is currently working on “Man in A Case” for Hartford Stage, and “Ich, KurbisGeist” for Chocolate Factory. Parson received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 and the first Creativity Award from Jacobs Pillow.


Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner, chameckilerner, are choreographers and filmmakers. During their 15 year collaboration between 1992 and 2007, Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner created more than 10 evening length dances that toured internationally to much critical acclaim. They have been presented by Dance Theater Workshop, The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, and Performance Space 122 (NYC) and by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (Portland, OR); Mass MoCA (MA); Diverseworks (Houston, TX), and the Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series (Becket, MA), among others. They have toured extensively throughout Brazil and have been presented at international dance festivals in Canada, Venezuela, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Portugal, The Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Denmark and Finland. They have been commissioned to create new works by the American Dance Festival (Durham, NC) and Central Park SummerStage (New York City) as well as by such dance companies as Espacio Alterno (Venezuela), Guaira Theater Ballet (Brazil), the M.A.D. Co. (Finland), and the Woo Co. (Denmark), as well and the Dance Department of TWU (Texas Woman’s University), TX and University of Illinois, IL.

Craig T. Peterson is the current Director of the Philly Fringe Festival and Live Arts Brewery (LAB) program. Initiated in 2009, the LAB program seeks to support artists in the creative process through integrated, long-term residencies, elective programming and the facilitation of collaborative artistic exchange between audiences and artists of all disciplines. He is also Director the annual Philly Fringe Festival, a three week city-wide festival featuring the work of more than 200 performing artists and companies. For ten years he served in numerous positions at Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), one of America’s preeminent performing arts institutions based in NYC including that of Artistic Director and Producer for four years. In 2004 Peterson co-founded U-Phonic Records, an independent record label based in New York City.

Photo credit: Peggy Jarrell Kaplan