Open Call: Kyle Marshall
About this commission
Welcome and acknowledgments
Hello, all, and welcome to the world premiere of Rise! As we gather today, we do so acknowledging the history contained within our bodies and the land which we are standing on. Many of us are here on this land because of ancestral violence and settler colonialism. Originally called Munsee Lenape, Manhattan is the unceded land of the Lenape people. Our future depends on our care for the land and honoring those who cared for it before us. I would like to also acknowledge the legacy of slavery in the Americas. Our history continues to echo through our bodies as we recognize our privilege, fight injustice, and work to create more equitable communities and institutions. In this month of pride, I would also like to acknowledge the LGBTQIA community. As we celebrate, let’s also remember the sacrifices of previous generations who fought for queer visibility, safety, and acceptance knowing there is more work to do.
Rise is inspired by the shout traditions of the Black church and the transcendence of club music and aims to hold the joy that dancing brings to our lives. Returning to live dance-making after over a year of isolation was a humbling experience. This pandemic has been a time of loss, uncertainty, and self-reflection. It has altered the landscape of the performing arts and our connections to each other. The process of getting back into the studio has been an undulation of motivation and a call from the spirit. Four months ago, I did not know how it would be possible. Now, here we are! I am grateful to my mentors, family, and friends who encouraged me to continue in the darkest of days. I am thankful also to KMC’s donors and supporters who helped to keep the company afloat during a year of uncertainty and loss.
Rise would not be possible without the collaborators and staff of Kyle Marshall Choreography. Thank you to performers Damani Alfreida, Miriam Gabriel, and Ariana Speight for your hard work, instinct, and trust in joining me in this endeavor. Thank you always, Cal Fish, for your waves of music and direct spirit. Thank you, Russell Peguero, for your fabulous clothes. My heartfelt appreciation goes to the KMC staff. Nora, Marc, Mykel, and Amelia all stepped in at different times during this pandemic to help keep the company going. Thank you also to Edo for your love, feedback, and make up. My appreciation goes out to Maggie MacTiernan, Solana Chehtman, Claudia Norman, and the rest of The Shed’s staff for their consistent communication during the three-year journey to get to this stage.
I am so happy to share Rise with you all, in KMC’s first live presentation since February 2020. Gathering to witness is a privilege, missed during the isolation of the Covid-19 pandemic. We rise from this challenging time to celebrate life in our flesh. Dancing together is a gift. Enjoy and thank you for attending!
Rise (world premiere)
Choreography by Kyle Marshall
Performed by Damani Alfreida, Miriam Gabriel, Kyle Marshall, and Ariana Speight
Sound Design and performance by Cal Fish
Makeup by Edo Tastic
Clothing by Russell Peguero
Rise was commissioned by The Shed with residency support at MANA Contemporary, Nimbus Arts Center, and a grant from the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation.
Itohan Edoloyi, Lighting Design Coordinator
DJ Potts, Audio Design Coordinator
Erica Schnitzer, Stage Coordinator
Stefan Carrillo, Head Carpenter – McCourt
Stuart Burgess, Head Electrician – McCourt
Jim Van Bergen, Head Audio – McCourt
Adam Farquharson, Production Video
Maytté Martinez, Lighting Programmer
Mike Diaz, Assistant Carpenter
Josh Liebert, A1
Seth Huling, Head Audio/Monitor Engineer
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The Story of this commission
The Shed’s spaces are all wheelchair accessible. This event takes place in The McCourt.
Assistive listening is available on your smartphone over The Shed’s free Wi-Fi network via the free Listen Everywhere app. Devices will be available for you to borrow at the ticketing desk if you do not want to use your own smartphone.
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The June 25 performance will include ASL interpretation with Deaf interpreters coordinated and supported by a hearing interpreter (provided by Gregor Lopes and Brandon Kazen-Maddox). To request ASL interpretation for June 26 or live audio description for either date, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (646) 455-3494 at least 10 days in advance of the performance.
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What to Expect
Thank you for planning a visit to The Shed. We’re looking forward to welcoming you for Open Call. Currently, the entrance to our building is through The McCourt door on the east side of our building adjacent to the Hudson Yards Public Square. The McCourt is a large performance space created when The Shed’s shell, or movable roof, rolls out to cover the plaza on the east side of the building. You can access this entrance from 11th Avenue and Hudson Boulevard, just one block north of 30th Street, or from the 34 St–Hudson Yards subway station between 10th and 11th Avenues.
As you arrive at The Shed, you will enter The McCourt through a set of doors at the southeast corner of the building. It is close to the area where the High Line meets Hudson Yards at 30th Street. Most performances will take place in The McCourt. You will pass through this space to enter the rest of the building and access the Level 2 Gallery and The Tisch Skylights for the exhibition and other performances.
The shell of The McCourt is covered in a shiny, pillowy material, and its floor is level with the ground of the plaza. The Shed’s building, including The McCourt, is wheelchair accessible. You will scan your own ticket on your smartphone, with help if needed from a friendly visitor experience staff member standing nearby wearing a black t-shirt and ID badge on a purple lanyard.
Once you’re inside The McCourt, the space feels airy with 110-foot-high ceilings. Most of the walls are glass and let sunlight into the space. Light from the plaza and the Shops at Hudson Yards filters into the space after sunset.
The flooring in The McCourt is made of hard paving stones. They are in two shades of gray, and the lighter stones stretch across the east and west sides of The McCourt to form a large artwork by Lawrence Weiner that reads “In front of itself” in large letters. (This phrase is also the title of the work.) The letters on the east side of the space are partly covered by the Open Call stage so you can only partially read the phrase.
Seating in The McCourt is general admission, so you can choose from any available spot. The seats have armrests and thick cushions, and some are folding chairs that flip up as you stand up from them. If you would like help in finding a seat, a staff member at the entrance can guide you.
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Thank you to our partners
Additional support for Open Call is provided by Jody and John Arnhold | Arnhold Foundation.
The creation of new work at The Shed is generously supported by the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Commissioning Fund and the Shed Commissioners. Major support for live productions at The Shed is provided by the Charina Endowment Fund.