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PABLO HELGUERA TO REINTERPRET BACH’S MASTERPIECE INTO 24 WORKS AND WORKSHOPS OF PERFORMANCE ART
Renowned performance artist and scholar and Location One's 2011-2012 Senior Artist-in-Residence, Pablo Helguera, will launch his most ambitious full-year
project on September 21: The Well-Tempered Exposition, a series of 24 events in which
he and changing groups of musicians, artists and performers wlll translate
Johann Sebastian Bach’s legendary masterpiece into works of performance
The series, which begins September 21 at Location One, will visit multiple
venues and involve scores of participants before its conclusion next summer,
also at Location One.
The project will launch with a workshop of creative participants
leading to a performance that includes performance of the
focal “Clavier" pieces by concert pianist Beatriz Helguera before
the performance. Exposition of the creative process behind
the “translation" will be woven into the performance.
Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier was written as a textbook for
musicians to learn the form of the fugue in all major and minor keys
of the piano", says Helguera. “One can find correlations with the
format of the fugue and speech because during Bach’s time there
was a theoretical relationship between those two disciplines. Basing
ourselves on that, we willl translate the Clavier into spoken events. As
we do this, we hope to also develop a textbook of sorts for speech-
Each performance will be formed by original selections from the WTC
along with their performative reinterpretation. Helguera’s past work
has been characterized by strong views about the nature of creative
expression and the interactions of art, culture and society, expressed
vividly music, humor, visual image, debate and the full range of
performative art forms.
September 21, 2011 Prelude (project launch), Location One
November 18, 2011 Book I, part one, Location One (as part of Performa 2011-sponsored by Franklin Furnace)*
February, 2012 Book I, part two, Berlin
May, 2012 Book I, part three, Havana Biennial, Cuba
June, 2012 Book II part one, Mexico City
September, 2012 Book II part two and final at Location One
*Franklin Furnace wishes to acknowledge The SHS Foundation’s gift in honor of Ruth Hardinger for support of Pablo Helguera’s “The Well-Tempered Exposition: Book I" at Location One on Nov. 18th for Performa 11.
Born in Mexico City, 1971. Lives and works in New York
Pablo Helguera (based in New York, born in Mexico City, 1971) works in the fields of pedagogy, literature, musical composition, and theater. His projects have included performance lectures, scripted symposia, and panel discussions with or without the knowledge of the audience, as well as a variety of experimental formats of verbal presentation.
Helguera’s works have been presented in many venues such as the Liverpool Biennial, Performa 05, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, ICA in Boston, MoMA, among others. His play The Juvenal Players, produced by Grand Arts in Kansas City, was presented at The Kitchen in 2010. His orchestral work Endingness was performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. He is the author of more than 10 books including Theatrum Anatomicum (and other performance lectures), a collection of performative works. His social practice project The School of Panamerican Unrest (2006) consisted in the creation of a nomadic schoolhouse that traveled by land throughout the Americas from Alaska to Chile, presenting collaborative performance and civic events in over 26 cities. He has been recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Creative Capital Grant; and in 2011 was named the first winner of the International Award for Participatory Art of the Regione Emilia Romagna in Italy. As educator, Helguera has worked in museums for over two decades, currently working as Director of Adult and Academic Programs at The Museum of Modern Art. He is the Pedagogical Curator of the 8th Mercosul Biennial, opening in September 2011.
Beatriz Helguera, pianist
Born in Mexico City and based in Chicago, Helguera studied with Maria Teresa Rodriguez, one of Mexico's foremost pianists , at the National Conservatory of Music, and graduated obtaining the Concert Pianist Diploma. She also holds a Master Degree in Piano Performance from the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU (Southern Methodist University). She received the Meadows Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award and the Epstein B’nai Brith Award. With her husband, cellist Andrew Snow, she is the founder of the Chicago Pan-American Ensemble (http://www.chicagopanamericanensemble.com), a group that engages some of Chicago’s finest musicians and performs the traditional repertoire of trios, quartets and quintets with a blend of classical Latin American and American music. She has played as a soloist with the Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra (Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes), State of Mexico Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México) and others. Her chamber music concerts include live performances for WFMT Radio in Chicago. She is part of the piano faculty at DePaul University.
Location One is extremely grateful to The NY State Council on the Arts, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Location One’s International Committee for making this event possible.
ABOUT LOCATION ONE
Based in the Soho arts district of New York, Location One is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering new forms of creative expression and cultural exchange through exhibitions, residencies, performances, public lectures and workshops. Traditionally focused on technological experimentation and new media, Location One's residencies and programs have favored social and political discourse and dialogue, and acted as a catalyst for collaborations. With a unique environment providing individualized training, support, and guidance to each artist, as well as exposure for their creations and collaborations, Location One continues to nurture the spirit of experimentation that it considers the cornerstone of its mission.