National Building Museum collaborates on site-specific performance with 2019 Creative in Residence

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Choreograher Heather Sultz explores architecture through movement

Opportunity to Perform with Creative in Residence
Opportunity to Perform with Creative in Residence

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The National Building Museum has invited Heather Sultz, a California-based choreographer and educator, to partner with the Museum in the creation of a site-specific piece and public experiences exploring architectural and environmental spaces through movement. Sultz will co-create and perform with members of the public, producing a culminating work, Transits and Passages, at the Museum on Saturday, January 26.

The Museum works with creative individuals and artist groups who are open to developing new methods and works and excited to use their media to shed light on new ways of seeing and understanding design, architecture, construction, and social/cultural built environment topics. With unprecedented and unlimited access to the Museum’s rich collection and cutting-edge exhibitions, creatives develop and present new work anchored in public experiences. Previous Creatives in Residence include musician Steve Bloom and theater company dog & pony dc, who both created site specific experiences around the 2017 Summer Block Party installation, Hive. In 2016, choreographer and dancer Maida Withers was commissioned to create an original piece around the Summer Block Party installation, ICEBERGS.

The 2019 collaboration is comprised of several opportunities for the public:

Sunday, January 13, 1–4 pm
Opportunity to Perform
Meet Sultz and try out to be part of the community of co-creators and performers who will work to develop and present a new piece inspired by the Museum’s historic building. No dance skills required, and participants must be able to attend a series of rehearsals. Check here for more information.

Thursday, January 17, 6:30–8 pm
Evening with the Artist
Learn more about site-specific movement and hear about Sultz’s process.

Saturday, January 19, 10:30 am–11:30 am
Monday, January 21, 2–3 pm
All ages and abilities can explore creative expression and new ways to relate to space through improvisational movement activities.

Saturday, January 26, 3:30–4:30 pm
Saturday, January 26, 6–7 pm
Performance: Transits and Passages
Experience the performance piece created by Sultz and community members and inspired by the Museum’s historic building.

All programs and opportunities are free of charge; pre-registration is encouraged.

The 2019 Creative in Residence is supported in part by:

Heather Sultz is director of Keyhole Residencies, an organization connecting communities to their environments through movement exploration, and has been invited to work with various organizations, including One Year Lease Theater Company, The American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education, Evergreen Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and the Frank Lloyd Wright site Fallingwater. In addition, her work as an actor has been seen at film festivals including Sundance and the Berlin Film Festival. In 2015 she was named Webster University’s Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts Outstanding Alumna. A teacher of movement and the creative process, Heather holds an MFA in Dance from Ohio State University, and has taught at numerous universities and schools. She was founding Chair of the Department of Dance at Georgian Court University in New Jersey.

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