Gerard & Kelly Timelining
Since 2003, the Los Angeles-based artists Gerard & Kelly have been working together to create installations and performance-based works which question the formation of the couple and the critical potential of intimacy. Honing in on the gaps between dance and language, Reusable Parts/Endless Love and Timelining examine the shapes that our most intimate relationships take on.
With their influences in minimalist dance, institutional critique and queer theory, Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly develop work at the frontier between dance and contemporary art, and in which text, video and sculpture finds its place.
First performed in New York in 2014, Timelining explores the manner in which two people who are close to each other are linked by common memories. Turning in a circle, two performers who share either family or romantic links evoke their interwoven lives, following a score which opens up the possibility of leaps in time and unexpected convergences. Whether it is the evocation of a first dance lesson, moving house or a bereavement, the performance brings out the emotion contained within these shared moments in time. All subjectivity appears to be perpetually in movement and formed by our relationships with others.
Gerard & Kelly also present Reusable Parts / Endless Love at Centre national de la danse and State of at Palais de la Découverte.
Devised by Gerard & Kelly
With Matthieu Barbin et Sylvain Decloitre, Lou Forster et Lenio Kaklea, Fra Gilles et Jacqueline Samulon, Céline Kitsaïs Rotsen et Christine Rotsen
Artistic Collaboration, Jonathan Drillet
Designer, Camille Assaf
With kind permission of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York) // The work’s acquisition was made possible thanks to financial assistance from the Young Collectors Council and additional financial assistance from Josh Elkes, Sarah Stengel and Younghee Kim-Wait (2014). // First performed in 2014 at The Kitchen (New York)
A Festival d’Automne à Paris production // A Mona Bismarck American Center (Paris) production ; FIAC // In association with Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris) ; Festival d’Automne à Paris for the performance of Timelining // With support from FUSED: French-US Exchange in Dance, a New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project programme, from the cultural department of the Ambassade de France aux États-Unis, and FACE Foundation, with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, and the ministère de la Culture et de la Communication français // With support from the Fondation Fiminco, with support from CND, Centre national de la danse, accueil en résidence