The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to invite the public to Dialogues in Space, a series of performances as part of its open house to be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday June 25, 2011. Admission is free for the day and tours are complimentary (although donations are welcome!)
For this event the National Gallery of Jamaica has invited multi-disciplinary artists Safi Harriott, Zita Nyarady, Peter Chin and Jehan Jackson to present various performance pieces in dialogue with the artwork on display within our gallery spaces. There will also be free tours offered of our current exhibitions, The Guy McIntosh Collection and our children’s art exhibition Art’iT which is on display at the Information Centre of the Urban Development Corporation building adjacent to the National Gallery.
The programme will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a half an hour tour of one of our more recent donations: The Guy McIntosh exhibition. And a second tour will be offered at 1:30 p.m.
The performances will start at 11:00 a.m. with an improvised collaborative piece between Jamaican dance artist Safi Harriott and Canadian dance artist Zita Nyarady, both bring forth their love of dance improvisation as they instantaneously create a movement dialogue midst the works at the National Gallery. They are both part of an informal dance collective with members as far flung as San Francisco and Beijing and the audience is invited to witness the duos continued practice of improvisation and movement research.
The second performance will be by multi-disciplinary artist Peter Chin. Chin is a Jamaican performance artist based in Canada and has performed extensively in that country, South East Asia and elsewhere in Asia. He will be performing a work about embarrassment, fluency and transcendence; mixing genre of stand up comedy, performance art, sound poetry recitation and dance accompanied by his own music. More information on his work can be found at http://www.tribalcracklingwind.ca.
The third offering in the early afternoon will be a performance choreographed by Fibre artist Jehan Jackson. Jackson’s contemporary fashions – which are based on the ostentatious Elizabethan style – will be presented in a dramatic Shakespearean atmosphere where live puppets take to the stage of the universal theatre.
Art’iT an exhibition of children’s art from the National Gallery of Jamaica’s Saturday Art Time programme will also be open for viewing in the adjoining UDC building, also from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.