Song, conversations, and new compositions merge with DeChiazza’s original footage of the two women together and alone in the waters of the Gulf Coast, to create a multi-sensory experience of a place where sand, sun, and water, surround experiences of intense communion and also of profound isolation.
Diptych cinematic imagery makes poignant and visceral the impossibility of an easily shared truth, presenting imperfectly parallel viewpoints that might frame a subject similarly, but will never match. The films depict Davis and Nova interconnected within a sculptural dress built for two, by artist Annica Cuppetelli. Tethered, the two cannot avoid affecting each other, as the actions of one will move, confine, support, or even wholly re-shape the other.
Ocean Body examines the sometimes conflicting needs for union and autonomy within a friendship, and how we continually discover each other in new and transformational ways.
Supported by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Creative Futures fellowship at Carolina Performing Arts, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
145 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10013
One block south of Spring St.,
enter on Dominick St.
Subway: C or E to Spring St.; 1 to Houston St.; N or R to Prince St.
Bus: M21 to Houston St.; M6 to Spring St.
Both of HERE’s spaces are wheelchair accessible, and fully compliant with ADA requirements
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272 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
All songs written by Shara Nova and Helga Davis, Blue Sword (ASCAP) administered by Domino Publishing Company USA / Helga on Paper (ASCAP)
Corset research by Annica Cuppetelli. Words from Binding 1-4 from Corsets: Historic Patterns and Techniques by Jill Salen. Copyright © 2008. Used by permission of Batsford Books.
Words from Mother Earth Prayer by jessica Care moore Copyright © 2020. Used by permission of the author.
Special thanks to Creative Futures at University of North Carolina, Chris Massenburg, The Hermitage Foundation, Sue Killam, Mass MOCA, Wasserman Projects, Lieven Bertels, Crystal Bridges & The Momentary, West Coast Black Theater, Mark Andrew, Kaylan Waterman, Assemble Sound, Limor Tomer, Paul Sommerstein, Zac Brunell, Bridget Stiebris, Benita Bradford at St. John St.
Lukes, and Kelly Germaine-Strickland, Cass Tech Harp & Vocal Ensemble, Rachel Spencer & Northern High School Choir.
(Composer/Performer) is a vocalist and performance artist with feet planted on the most prestigious international stages and with firm roots in her local community. Davis was principal actor in the 25th-anniversary international revival of Robert Wilson and Philip Glass’s seminal opera Einstein on the Beach. She is artist in residence at National Sawdust and Joe’s Pub, host of the eponymous podcast HELGA on WQXR, winner of the 2019 Greenfield Prize in composition, a 2019 Alpert Award finalist, and the 2018-21 visiting curator for the performing arts at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
(Composer/Performer) is the founder of the chamber pop band My Brightest Diamond, whose latest album was released in November 2018. She has composed works for yMusic, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, Brooklyn Rider, Nadia Sirota and Roomful of Teeth, among others. Her orchestrations have been performed by the North Carolina Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, American Composers Orchestra and the BBC Concert orchestra. Her baroque chamber opera You Us We All came to CPA in the 2015/16 season. Nova is a Kresge Fellow, Knights Grant recipient, and a United States Artists fellow.
(Director/Film-maker) is a director whose multifaceted practice encompasses filmmaking, choreography, scenic and media design, and installation.
His work has been presented in national and international venues including Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, John F. Kennedy Center of the Arts, Guthrie Theater, Singapore International Festival of Arts, Les Subsistances, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and many more.
He first collaborated with Shara Nova in 2019, when they co-created the massive outdoor music-performance work Look Around, celebrating Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s 125th anniversary season, featuring over 600 performers from over 30 local groups.