Gerard & Kelly at the Farnsworth House
Multidisciplinary performance artists Gerard & Kelly will present a new chapter of their site-specific project, Modern Living, with performances on September 16 and 17 at the iconic Farnsworth House in nearby Plano, IL, designed in 1945 by Mies van der Rohe for the patron Edith Farnsworth. Initially a pioneer of modernist architecture, commissioning Mies to design a radical statement for living, Farnsworth famously found the transparency of the house unlivable. These performances build upon the first two chapters of Modern Living at the Schindler House in West Hollywood, California, and Phillip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan Connecticut, in which Gerard & Kelly used the architecture as choreography for relationships to propose new modes of intimacy not only between the dancers but also among performers and spectators. At the Farnsworth House, Gerard & Kelly will create a choreographic score deploying three dancers in temporary constellations of solos, duos, and trios, spread throughout the interior and exterior spaces of the site, all reflecting on the condition of solitude.