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Penny Stamps Speaker Series: Ocean Body

  • 601 E Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
  • Presented By: University of Michigan Penny Stamps Speaker Series
  • Dates: October 21, 2021
  • Location: Virtual Event
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Price: FREE
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Ocean Body: Shara Nova, Helga Davis, Mark DeChiazza
Oct. 21, 2021, 8 PM ET
Watch LIVE at https://youtu.be/46rVjx1F4Ak

Ocean Body is a multi-screen film and music installation directed and designed by Mark DeChiazza and collaboratively created with composer-vocalists, Helga Davis and Shara Nova, who embody a sculpture built for two by Annica Cuppetelli, artist and Lecturer II at the Stamps School of Art & Design.

Ocean Body examines the decade-long close friendship between Davis and Nova and seeks a necessary bridge for the division that exists not only in our society, but in ourselves.

Shara Nova is the founder of the chamber pop band My Brightest Diamond. 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 premiered in the US at BAM Next Wave Festival in 2015. Nova is a Kresge Fellow, Knights Grant recipient, and a United States Artists fellow.

Helga Davis 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.

Mark DeChiazza 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.

Ocean Body is on view at the Wasserman Projects gallery in Detroit (3434 Russell St.) from September 25th through December 18th, 2021.