World Premiere In-Person Installation

Ocean Body

Jan 9-16 at HERE Mainstage daily at varying times, by appointment only.

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.

: 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

There is an Edison ParkFast lot behind Manhattan Mini Storage on Varick Street and Spring Street. Drivers can enter from Spring or Dominick Street.

Edison ParkFast
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.

Helga Davis

Shara Nova

Mark DeChiazza