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  • MARIA%HASSABI%%%%%%%Selected'works''

    THE BREEEDER

    www.thebreedersystem.com

  • _%%%Ar+st%Statement%%%p.%3%

    _%%%Press%Quotes%%%p.%4%

    _%%%Biography%%%p.%5%

    _%%%Text%on%Maria%Hassabis%work%by%Aram%Moshayedi%%%p.%6G7%

    _%%%PLASTIC((2015)%%%p.%9G14%

    _%%%PREMIERE((2013)%%%p.%15G19%

    _%%%Text%on%PREMIERE%by%Kelly%Kivland%%%p.%17%

    _%%%INTERMISSION((2013)%%%p.%20G22%

    _%%%COUNTER/RELIEF((2011G13)%%%p.%23G25%

    _%%%CHANDELIERS((2012)%%%p.%26G27%

    _%%%THE(LADIES((2012)%%%p.%28G32%

    _%%%Text%on%The%Ladies%by%Biba%Bell%%%p.%30%

    _%%%SHOW((2011)%%%p.%33G36%

    _%%%Text%on%SHOW%by%Jenn%Joy%%%p.%35%

    _%%%ROBERT(&(MARIA%%%p.%37G40%

    _%%%Text%on%Robert%and%Maria%by%Jenn%Joy%%%p.%39%

    _%%%SOLOSHOW%%%p.%41G44%

    _%%%Text%on%SoloShow%by%ScoY%Lyall%%%p.%43%

    _%%%SOLO%%%p.%45G47%

    _%%%Resume%%%p.%48G50%

    _%%%Selected%Bibliography%%%p.%51%

    _%%%Photo%Credits%%%p.%52

    CONTENTS(

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  • Preoccupied% with% velocity% of% decelera+on,% and% the% radical% corporeality% of% the%

    body%and%its%elements,%my%works%reveal%the%body%at%its%most%vulnerable,%perhaps%

    even% in% its%most%unnatural%state.%This%foregrounds%both%the%enormous%demands%

    made% on% the% performers,% and% every% last% detail% of% the% performing% body.% O]en%

    working% close% to% the% ground,% the% performers% assume% an% uncanny% sculptural%

    quality% as% they%nego+ate% the% twists% and% turns%of% a%plas+c% choreography.%Rarely%

    the% human% gure% seems% so% palpable,% so% material,% and% under% pressure% from%

    gravity.%%

    Maria%Hassabi,%2015%%

    Over%the%years,%I%have%developed%a%dis+nct%choreographic%prac+ce%centered%

    on%the%rela+on%of%the%body%to%the%image%%dened%by%sculptural%physicality,%

    extended%dura+on,%and%aesthe+c%precision.%My%work%is%a%prac+ce%in%abstrac+on%

    drawing% its% strength% from% the% tension% between% the% human% subject% and% the%

    ar+s+c% object,% the% dancer% as% a% performer% and% as% a% physical% en+ty.% Exercised%

    through%the%reduc+on%of%movement%in%rela+on%to%+me,%my%use%of%abstrac+on%

    develops%a%percep+on%of%the%body%as%a%fragmented%form,%and%ul+mately,%as%an%

    aec+ng% force.% With% its% dis+nct% slowness% and% gradual% progression,% my%

    choreography% enables% a% wai+ng,% where% form% is% captured% and% can% be%

    contemplated.% As% images% shi],% the% rela+on% between% space,% dura+on% and%

    movement%is% intensely%magnied,%and%the%viewer%is%given%the%chance%to%enter%

    another%realm%of%consciousness%and%awareness.%%

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  • ' Hassabi'is'a'master'of'slowness'and's5llness'6'her'pieces'are'like'art'installa5ons'brought'to'life'by'dancers.''

    Deborah%JowiY,%Dance%Cri+c,%Arts%Journal,%November%2013%

    You'watch'for'something66anything66to'break'loose.'You'feel'relief'and'triumph'to'no5ce'even'just'the'ow'of'breath'ruing'through'a'dancer's'back,'and'you'search'for'more'of'the'

    same.'Your'outer'and'inner'senses'reach'out.'Despite'yourself,'you'have'already'begun'to'live'in'this'dance.'The'work66an'endurance'trial'for'performers'and'audience'alike66is'a'knockout.%

    Eva%Yaa%Asantewaa,%Innite%Body,%November%2013'

    ' Hassabi'6'best'known'for'her'glacially'slow'choreography'6'was'moving'diagonally'down'the'bleachers'with'two'other'dancers,'their'movements'barely'percep5ble.'Hardly'

    anyone'was'watching,'but'this'made'the'performers''slow6mo5on'intensity'all'the'more'striking'and'otherworldly;'they'moved'at'a'pace'completely'remote'from'the'Biennale's'frene5c'

    norm.'This'was'easily'the'most'striking'and'beau5ful'new'work'I'saw'in'Venice.'

    Claire%Bishop,%ARTFORUM,%September%2013%

    % % I'have'watched'Hassabi'make'performances'for'years'and'I'am'always'enthralled.'As'the'viewer,'I'wonder,'I'ques5on,'I'resist'and'ul5mately,'I'succumb.'She'exerts'control'over'the'

    total'experiencethe'performance'space'is'oOen'very'asce5c'and'5ghtly'focusedand'yet'I'nd'numerous'ways'to'sit'with'the'work,'to'enter'its'nuanced'and'deep'world,'and'to'make'it'

    truly'my'own.'She'is'resolute'in'her'inten5on,'virtuosic'in'her'physical'control,'but'not'afraid'to'slow'down,'to'restrict'her'paleQe'of'movement,'and'to'leave'aside'easy'choices.'Hers'is'a'

    dance'that'lives'between'object'and'movement,'a'dance'that'conjures'a'frame'and'dares'you'to'resist.%

    Cathy%Edwards,%NEFA%Execu+ve%Director,%August%2010'

    ''''''''''''''Hassabis'choreography'is'extreme.'It'makes'the'viewer'look'at'those'inters5ces'that'would'not'be'perceived'otherwise.'By'asking'to'be'looked'at'pa5ently'and'persistently,'her'

    work'claims'to'the'viewer'to'immerse'oneself'in'the'act'of'seeing.'

    Cris+ane%Bouger,%Performa%Magazine,%November%2013

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  • Maria%Hassabi%(b.%Cyprus)%is%a%New%YorkGbased%ar+st%and%choreographer.%%

    Over%the%years%she%has%developed%a%dis+nct%choreographic%prac+ce%involved%with%the%rela+on%

    of%the%body%to%the%image,%dened%by%sculptural%physicality%and%extended%dura+on.%

    Her%works%draw%their%strength%from%the%tension%between%the%human%subject%and%the%ar+s+c%

    object,%the%dancer%as%a%performer%and%as%a%physical%en+ty.%%

    Her%works%include%PLASTIC%(2015);%PREMIERE%(2013);%INTERMISSION%(2013);%

    CounterGRelief%(2013);%SHOW%(2011);%Robert%and%Maria%(2019);%SoloShow%(2009);%%

    Solo%(2009);%GLORIA%(2007);%S+ll%Smoking%(2006);%Dead%is%Dead%(2004);%LIGHTS%(2001).%

    She%has%also%has%also%created%several%shortGform%pieces,%art%installa+ons%including%PLASTIC%

    (2015)%and%CHANDELIERS%(2012),%and%a%short%lm,%The%Ladies%(2012).%

    Hassabis%works%are%presented%in%theaters,%fes+vals,%museums,%galleries%and%publicGspaces%

    worldwide.%In%the%US%in%venues%such%as%Hammer%Museum%(Los%Angeles);%%

    The%Kitchen%(New%York);%Museum%of%Contemporary%Art%Chicago%(Chicago);%

    CCS%Bard%Galleries%at%Bard%College%(Hudson,%NY);%Danspace%Project%(NY);%PS122%(NY);%

    Portland%Ins+tute%for%Contemporary%Art%TBA%Fes+val%(Oregon);%

    Ballroom%Marfa%(Texas);%Dance%Theater%Workshop%(NY);%PS1%MoMA%(NY);%

    and%have%been%included%in%fes+vals%such%as%Performa%09%and%Performa%13;%

    Fi:afs%Crossing%the%Line%Fes+val%in%2009%and%2011,%and%LMCCs%River%to%River%Fes+val%in%2012%

    and%2014.%

    Interna+onally%at%venues%such%as%Stedelijk%Museum%(Amsterdam,%Netherlands);%%

    Het%Veem%Theater%(Amsterdam,%Netherlands);%Australian%Center%for%Contemporary%Art%

    (Melbourne,%Australia);%CentrePasaquArt%(Biel,%Switzerland);%Vienna%Art%Fair%(Austria);%%

    Centre%dArt%Contemporain%Geneva%(Switzerland);%Middleheim%Museum%(Antwerp,%

    Belgium),%Beit%Hair%Center%for%Urban%Culture%(Tel%Aviv,%Israel);%Museo%Soumaya%%

    (Mexico%City);%Frasca+%Theater%(Amsterdam,%Netherlands);%deSingel%(Antwerp,%Belgium);%

    Kaaitheater%(Brussels,%Belgium).%

    Hassabis%work%has%also%been%featured%in%interna+onal%fes+vals%such%as%BONE%17%%

    (Bern,%Switzerland);%So]%City%at%Kunsthall%Oslo%(Oslo,%Norway);%Le%Mouvement:%%

    The%City%Performed%(Biel,%Switzerland);%Kunstenfes+valdesarts%(Brussels,%Belgium),%

    %XING%(Bologna,%Italy),%%NEAT%Fes+val%(Nopngham,%UK);%Gteborgs%Dans%&%Teater%Fes+val%

    (Gteborg,%Sweden);%Volcano%Extravaganza%2013%(Stromboli,%Italy);%Dance4%(Nopngham,%

    UK);%Performa+k%Fes+val%(Brussels,%Belgium);%Panorama%Fes+val%(Rio%de%Janeiro,%Brazil);%

    Fes+val%Contemporneo%de%Danca%(So%Paulo,%Brazil);%City%of%Women%Fes+val%(Ljublana,%

    Slovenia);%Springdance%Fes+val%(Utrecht,%Netherlands);%ImPulsTanz%(Vienna,%Austria),%%

    Tanz%im%August%(Berlin,%Germany);%InGPresentable%Fes+val%(Madrid,%Spain),%

    %TSEHG%Springdance/Dialogue%(Moscow,%Russia),%and%fes+vals%in%BosniaGHerzegovina,%

    Cyprus,%Greece%and%Portugal.%

    Maria%Hassabi%is%a%recipient%of%the%2015%Herb%Alpert%Award,%a%2012%recipient%

    of%The%Presidents%Award%for%Performing%Arts%from%the%LMCC,%

    a%2011%Guggenheim%Fellow,%and%a%2009%Grants%to%Ar+sts%Award%from%the%Founda+on%

    for%Contemporary%Arts.%In%2013%she%represented%Cyprus%as%part%of%The%Cyprus%

    and%Lithuanian%Pavilion%at%the%55th%Venice%Biennale.%%

    Maria%Hassabi%holds%a%BFA%from%the%California%Ins+tute%of%the%Arts.%

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  • Text(on(Maria(Hassabi's(work(by'Aram'Moshayedi

    at%+mes%seeming%to%be%a%part%of,%and%in%dialogue%with,%the%Cypriot%ar+st%Phanos%Kyriacous%

    installa+on%Eleven%hosts,%twentyGone%guests,%nine%ghosts%(2013).%The%performers%

    presence%receded,%however,%almost%like%discrete%objects%or%passive%observers%sharing%

    in%the%aliena+ng%experience%that%I%o]en%have%when%visi+ng%an%exhibi+on.%

    As%part%of%the%tableau,%an%ominous%sound%track%rang%throughout,%a%composi+on%

    by%Morten%Norbye%Halvorsen%that%evoked%the%bodys%innermost%groaning.%

    The%performance%seemed%to%move%in%unison%with%the%slow%pace%of%this%resonant%droning%

    sound.%

    But%when%I%entered%the%exhibi+on%through%one%of%two%possible%means%of%ingress%

    at%the%gymnasiums%uppermost%level,%I%saw%Hassabi%and%her%performers%

    on%the%opposite%side%of%the%stadium%sea+ng%and%remember%thinking%that%they%

    appeared%to%be%just%hanging%out%casually%on%the%steps%of%the%bleachers.%

    It%was%hardly%a%performance%in%the%spectacular%sense.%Their%presence%was%everyday%

    and%uid%within%a%scenography%that%was%apparently%aYemp+ng%to%exploit%the%parameters%

    of%discrete%art%objects%and%their%insistence%on%an%otherwise%pris+ne%context%

    of%reec+on%and%display.%Amid%this,%Hassabi%and%the%dancers%Hristoula%Harakas%

    and%Paige%Mar+n%were%grappling%with%another%conven+on%of%presenta+on%inherited%

    from%the%theater%by%performance%ar+sts%as%early%as%the%1970s,%which%presupposes%

    a%standard%rela+onship%between%subject%and%object,%performer%and%vie