In the First Place...
Part of the DANCE MOViES Commission, this installation officially premieres on April 6, and will be followed by an open reception and panel discussion with all commissioned artists.
Lecoq trained actor, principal clown for Cirque du Soleil, and contemporary artist Colin Gee presents In the First Place…, a multi-layered dance film installation.
The project, filmed in Rome, reframes Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (The Strife of Love in a Dream), an Italian pastoral romance published in 1499. In the First Place… applies a relationship between memory and location by referencing a mnemonic technique called “Memory Palace” that uses architectural spaces to organize and remember information.
Trained as an actor at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris, Colin Gee was a principal clown for Cirque du Soleil, and the founding Whitney Live artist-in-residence at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Recent commissions have included works for SFMOMA and the Whitney Museum. Recipient of the 2012 Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize and a 2011 EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission, he has frequently collaborated with sibling/composer Erin Gee, providing the libretto for her opera, SLEEP (2009), which premiered at the Zürich Opera House, and Mouthpiece XIII, Mathilde of Loci, Part I (2009) presented with the American Composer's Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, in which he also performed.
Erin Gee received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano and composition, respectively, from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in music theory from the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz. Recipient of a 2010 Guggenheim fellowship, a selection of Gee’s awards for composition include the Teatro Minimo first round prize from the Zürich Opera House, the Samuel Barber Rome Prize, and the 2008 Composition Prize for the city of Graz. She has worked with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Latvian Radio Chamber Choir, Klangforum Wien, and Ensemble Recherche, among others. Gee was also the recipient of a 2009 Radcliffe Fellowship, a 2010 Montalvo Arts Center residency, and 2010/11 residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.