Photo by Whitney Browne
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Lindy Fines - GREYZONE
Alex Schooling with Chick & Indigo. Photo by Jana Carson for OIDF
Lindy Fines is the choreographer and artistic director of NYC-based, GREYZONE, a multimedia dance project that she co-founded with creative director Justin Fines.
GREYZONE was recently awarded 2020 Project Support from the Harkness Foundation for Dance, a 2020/2021 Project Grant from New Music USA, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant (COVID-19 Fund). In 2019 Lindy was a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Choreography from The New York Foundation for the Arts.
GREYZONE collaborations include ASSEMBLY with composer Sivan Jacobovitz (premiering in 2021), dance film PENUMBRA with fashion designer House of 950 and composer Steve Hauschildt, DRIFT with visual artist Maia Ruth Lee (Performance Mix Festival, Abrons Arts Center), dance film QUEENS DUETS with sound/film by Justin Fines, and VEHICLE with illustrator Mike Perry. GREYZONE’s short films have screened at festivals nationally and internationally, including at the 92nd Street Y (NYC) and the Nevada Museum of Art.
Lindy graduated with a BFA in Dance from the University of Oklahoma, after which she moved to NYC and trained on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio.
ASSEMBLY is an evening-length dance production about the conscious and unconscious movement histories we carry within us and the desire to inhabit new ways of being. A project of multimedia dance company GREYZONE, this work results from collaborations between artistic director Lindy Fines, composer Sivan Jacobovitz, costume designers House of 950 and Victoria Yee Howe, and five dancers. In summer 2021 ASSEMBLY will tour to the Oklahoma International Dance Festival where GREYZONE will be the festival’s inaugural Artist in Residence.
ASSEMBLY continues GREYZONE’s years-long investigation of the transformational power of inherited movement traditions and the creation of self within community. Melding and reconfiguring phrases from the company’s respective dance backgrounds, ASSEMBLY asks how we might honor our individual and collective pasts while forging rituals not yet imagined. In their collaboration, Fines and Jacobovitz are exploring what it means to juxtapose and reinterpret layers of physical and aural histories. Together, they will generate a world within the piece where sound and dance intertwine, each actively inspiring the other.
The work will also feature 3 layers of modifiable costumes by House of 950 and Victoria Yee Howe. Throughout the piece, the dancers will make changes to their own and each others’ clothing, serving as a visual metaphor for the dancers’ overlapping movement histories.
During these uncertain times, as we feel the urge to seek comfort in the familiar, ASSEMBLY offers a vision for what could exist beyond the traditions we already know.