Rush to Rest at JMKAC

Leave it to our friends at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center to program its galleries with art that is a natural companion to our performance of How to Lose A Mountain. All the work on display relates to the intersections of the natural and the mechanical worlds.

When I entered the first of two rooms inhabited by “Rush To Rest” by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen (pictured above, photo courtesy of JMKAC website), I literally stopped breathing for a moment. Paper– blue, black, brown and white– yards and yards of it, floor to ceiling, extending through two rooms, expressing the physical character of the dunes and waves in Lake Michigan’s frozen winter landscape.

No, my words cannot describe it. My reflection of its power needs to be danced in and among the art itself. I find myself seeing into the future of Cassie’s next artistic project and I can almost see Rachel Carson’s desk there in the corner among the dunes Cassie hard at work writing, dancing, responding.

The artists call the way they work “site responsive” which is also a direction that Dance Exchange is taking. We make work that responds to, reflects on, and re-imagines the space in which the dance happens.

Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen, I hope we will be working together some time soon.

About Shula Strassfeld

Shula Strassfeld began dancing “too late” and has been dancing ever since. She joined Dance Exchange in 2007.