[Michelle Ellsworth The Rehearsal Artist] Courtesy of the artist
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Live Arts Bard Presents

Michelle Ellsworth 
The Rehearsal Artist

LAB Commission/World Premiere

In a rehearsal studio-turned-laboratory, a small group of audience members peep through a one-way mirror at a performer responding to choreographic instructions, derived from the canon of social science experiments. As the audience’s perception shifts and extends, this iterative and playful performance amplifies and destabilizes the act of watching.

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The Rehearsal Artist is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund/Forth Fund Project co-commissioned by Performance Space 122 in partnership with The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, On The Boards, Women and Their Work, The Center for Humanities and the Arts at University of Colorado Boulder and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). The Forth Fund is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information: www.npnweb.org.

The Rehearsal Artist is also supported in part by The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Rehearsal Artist was commissioned and developed in part by Live Arts Bard at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College.

The development of The Rehearsal Artist was made possible, in part, by the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University as well as the Center for Humanities in the Arts at the University of Colorado Boulder.

WE’RE WATCHING is developed in collaboration with and is made possible in part by the generous support of the Goethe-Institut.  

To find out about other artists in this series go to the We're Watching overview page.