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December 9, 2018
3:30 pm—5:30 pm

Sunday, December 9
Doors at 3:30pm
Performance at 4pm

Two dancers with a relationship carry on a conversation. This conversation is not only verbal, but also physical (using improvisation) and material (implementing objects). A third party interrupts them, creating accommodations to help them maintain difficult positions. As these makeshift prosthetics assimilate into their physical vocabulary, does it change the way we see their ability and inter-dependency?

Tourniquet is a performance for three players and objects by Lizzy De Vita. The piece was first performed at the National Museum of the Moving Image in 2017. It will be shown at NURTUREart in conjunction with the exhibition Object Intimacies, curated by Jane Cavalier and Nicole Kaack.




Kirstin Dahmer is a co-owner and instructor at IncrediPole, a pole dancing studio in Greenpoint. Go take a class, it’s very fun. She has previously worked with Lizzy DeVita as a model/mover in a performance collaboration with the fashion brand KEENKEE.  www.incredipole.com

Lizzy De Vita (b. 1986) is an artist, writer, and educator who lives and works in Brooklyn. De Vita’s work occupies a constellation of media, including performance, text, sound, drawing, installation, video and sculpture. Diverse in form, the work is unified by an underlying interest in viral moments: places where the boundaries between ourselves and others are blurred. De Vita earned her BA in Art History and English Literature from Barnard College and her MFA in Sculpture at Yale. www.lizzydevita.us

Erica Ricketts is a performer/choreographer/sound designer currently based in Brooklyn. Before moving to New York, Ricketts lived in Chicago where she received a BFA in dance making from Columbia College Chicago. Her work was shown at various venues around the city including DePaul University, Stage 773, and the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse. In addition to Chicago, her work has been performed in Detroit (Detroit Dance City Festival), Minneapolis (ACDFA), various cities across Austria (Young Tanzsommer Festival), and most recently in NYC (Movement Research at Judson Church). Ricketts has had the pleasure of performing with Katy Pyle/Ballez, Joshua Kent, Greer Dworman, Lizzy DeVita, Emily Johnson/Catalyst, Brendan Fernandes and Ash Yergens. She has provided sound design for works by Joanna Furnans, Annie Rudnik, Emily Loar, Project Bound, and Hedwig Dances. www.ericaricketts.com

Jane Cavalier is a Curatorial Assistant at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, where she was recently on the curatorial team for the exhibition, Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction (2017). She also independently curates shows, including Re: Framed at the Re: Art Show, Brooklyn (2018) and Modern Melancholy at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College (2013). Jane received a master’s in art history from The Courtauld Institute in July 2016, and was a 2014–2015 Fulbright Research Scholar in Berlin. Currently based in Brooklyn, New York, her writing has been published by The L.A. Review of Books; The Art Newspaper; The Brooklyn Rail; MOMUS; Hyperallergic; University of California, Los Angeles Graphite Interdisciplinary Journal of the Arts; and Northwestern University Art Review.

Nicole Kaack is an independent curator and writer based in Queens, NY. She is the current Curatorial Fellow at The Kitchen, New York, as well as Assistant Director at the Photo Collections Preservation Project (PCPP). Kaack has been published by Whitehot Magazine, artcritical, Art Viewer, SFAQ / NYAQ / AQ, Artforum, and The Brooklyn Rail. She has also contributed texts to I will set a stage for you, published by HOLOHOLO Books and edited by Ana Iwataki and Marion Vasseur Raluy, as well as to a publication produced in association with Hauser & Wirth’s Recto / Verso panel series. Exhibitions include It All Trembles at the NARS Foundation, Brooklyn (upcoming 2019), Science Fictions at CRUSHCURATORIAL, New York (2018), Re:Framed at the Re: Art Show, Brooklyn (2018), Wordless at Small Editions, Brooklyn (2017), Enveloped at Small Editions, Brooklyn (2017), and Paperless at Small Editions, Brooklyn (2017). Kaack is the co-founder of the newsletter of missing out, co-director of the artist publication prompt:, and co-founder of the press Blind Carbon.

Image courtesy of Annabelle Boissier.