Yvonne Rainer in Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done at MoMA
PERFORMER in Trio A with Flags, Talking Solo, We Shall Run, and Chair/Pillow
Through live performance, film, photography, sculptural objects, musical scores, poetry, and archival materials, Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done traces the history of Judson Dance Theater both in and outside the church, from the workshops that took place there to other spaces around downtown New York. Artists in the exhibition include George Brecht, Trisha Brown, John Cage, Al Carmines, Lucinda Childs, Philip Corner, Merce Cunningham, Diane Di Prima, Bill Dixon, Rosalyn Drexler, Judith Dunn, Simone Forti, Gene Friedman, David Gordon, Anna Halprin, Lawrence Halprin, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Fred Herko, Storm De Hirsch, Jill Johnston, LeRoi Jones, Allan Kaprow, Fred McDarrah, Robert Morris, Claes Oldenburg, Aileen Passloff, Steve Paxton, Rudy Perez, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Carolee Schneemann, Elaine Summers, Cecil Taylor, Stan VanDerBeek, James Waring, Robert Whitman, Phyllis Yampolsky, and La Monte Young.
Photo by Paula Court, Museum of Modern Art
HOW TO SEE | Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done
Photo from Andrea Mohin of The New York Times
Yvonne Rainer at Dublin Dance Festival 2018
PERFORMER in Trio A, Trio A Facing, Talking Solo, and Chair/Pillow
Yvonne Rainer, Early Work, 1963–1969, performed live at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art), Dublin, 2018. Featuring early works by Yvonne Rainer, reconstructed choreography by Pat Catterson, and dancers Stav Bar-Nahum Frank, Ty Boomershine, Dimitrios Mytilinaios and Mary Kate Sheehan. Images courtesy IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art). Photography Luca Truffarelli.
IMMA Yvonne Rainer & Andrea Geyer
DANCER & CO-CHOREOGRAPHER
ekleipsis is a solo performance created by Tyler Gilstrap and Mary Kate Sheehan. The Ancient Greek word ékleipsis means “an abandonment,” “a downfall,” or “the darkening of a heavenly body.” Our modern day English eclipse refers to the astronomical event of a celestial body being temporarily obscured either by passing into the shadow of another body or by having another body pass between it and the viewer. This solo is one woman's journey of personal eclipse, delving into a past of fragmented memories and experiencing how these fragments inform, direct, and shadow her present. How does the past obscure the present? How can the present ignite the past while still moving us forward?
All photographs by Justin Chao Photography. Video courtesy of Meg Buzza.
KEIGWIN + COMPANY
Performer with KEIGWIN + COMPANY (Larry Keigwin, Artistic Director) in Canvas at New York City Center for Vail Dance Festival: ReMix NYC (directed by Damian Woetzel), Episodes at Greenbox Arts Festival (Colorado) for the K+C Celebrates Bernstein Tour, and Dance at the Gym community project in NYC hosted by Hunter College.
With fellow KEIGWIN + COMPANY dancer, Brandon Coleman, in Dance at the Gym NYC rehearsal (Photo by @mallorypettee of @maljpetphoto)
Dance at the Gym NYC rehearsal (Photo by @mallorypettee of @maljpetphoto)
Julia Ehrstrand/Ehrstrand Dance Collective
Dancer and Collaborator with Julia Ehrstrand and Ehrstrand Dance Collective since 2015. Performances include FIDCDMX Festival (Mexico City, Mexico), Seed Dance Company Workshop & Collaboration (Pingtung, Taiwan), Dansforum Festival (Sweden), Bryant Park (NYC), Peridance Capezio Center Gala at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (NYC), and more. Mary Kate is also a collaborating teacher and choreographer within Ehrstrand Dance Collective and has lead workshops in Sweden, Taiwan, and Mexico in professional, pre-professional, and community outreach settings.
Ehrstrand Dance Collective in Bryant Park, NYC
Ehrstrand Dance Collective at FIDCDMX in Mexico City, Mexico.
Ehrstrand Dance Collective with workshop participants at Black Studio (Mexico City, Mexico).
Seán Curran Company
Credits include: Dancer and Female Swing for Dream’d in a Dream at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival 2015 and Dancer in Opera Lafayette’s Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour, ou Les Dieux d'Égypte at Lincoln Center New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Dream'd in a Dream: Behind The Scenes at BAM 2015 Next Wave Festival
Excerpt from Aruéris, Act 3 of Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour, ou Les Dieux d'Égypte
Seán Curran Company dancers featured in blue unitards. Mary Kate featured in the Irish dance duet with fellow SCCo member Aaron R. White.
Black Velvet Band
DANCER & CHOREOGRAPHER
Black Velvet Band is a solo choreographed and performed by Mary Kate Sheehan in collaboration with Darrah Carr Dance and the singer Tara O’Grady. The solo is conceived as a fusion of traditional Irish step dancing with contemporary dance. All photographs by Whitney Browne.
Black Velvet Band
Black Velvet Band performed live at Symphony Space, New York City
DANCER & CHOREOGRAPHER
Apo Mesa is a solo performance created and performed by Mary Kate Sheehan.
A woman. Gives. The ocean. A storyteller. A love. The ifs the ands. Work. The rest. Down. Up. And without end. The end.
Music: Apo Mesa Pethamenos by Danae (The Lobster Soundtrack)
Created during Styggbo Residens Residency 2017 and performed at Dansforum Festival (Sweden).
Apo Mesa Excerpt
Irish Dance Treble Reel
DANCER & CHOREOGRAPHER
Mary Kate is a highly-acclaimed champion Irish step dancer, trained by Liam Harney and Michelle Malone-Chiles. She has trained in and performed Irish dancing for over 20 years. Mary Kate was awarded many championship titles in competition, appeared as a semi-finalist on Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance as an Irish dancer, and has performed in Irish dance shows at theaters including Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the New Victory Theater on 42nd Street, and Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out.
This clip shows a Treble Reel choreographed and performed by Mary Kate at Symphony Space in New York City with Liz Hanley on the fiddle.
Right Passage//an Interactive Performance Installation designed by The Windmill Factory
“interactive theatre meeting modern dance in a futuristic art museum” Engadget.com
Right Passagebegins a new series of interactive performance installations for TWF — rites of passage.
In this work we invite the public to choose their own adventure through a magico-religious dynamistic rite of passage. We begin in a hazed void, seven hooded liminal guides shift black monolithic walls creating reflective labyrinths/corridors/chaos which lead your journey from darkness to light. A sensory disorientation escalates to an assault of cold beams, strobes, and intimidating moving walls — a haunting chaos. This builds to a breaking point, leads to a re-orientation of the senses.
We gather collectively at the end of the disorienting journey, united underneath the warmth of a sun.
Did we make the “right passage?” What IS “right?” What IS wrong? What fun is life in black and white? The strong human need to be “right” is questioned. Listen. Breathe. Perhaps an alternate passage awaits.
Panorama Music Festival, NYC within The Lab Powered by HP
All photos, video, and text courtesy of The Windmill Factory and Will O’Hare Photography. Scenic Choreography by Tyler Gilstrap.
Right Passage Trailer
2.0 Tour--Big Data
ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER to Tyler Gilstrap
A computer simulated rock show. Big Data commissioned us to create a more theatrical rock-n-roll experience, much like Talking Head’s infamous Stop Making Sense. We pulled inspiration from Big Data’s previous performances as well as Fassbinder’s film, Welt am Draht, and Jay Scheib’s, World of Wires, a 2012 performance piece at the Kitchen and created a high energy theatrical dance/rock show hybrid with choreography by Tyler Gilstrap with Mary Kate Sheenan, direction by Will O’Hare, and lighting by Jason Carrol.