May 31, 1996

The choreographer Yves Musard will perform a one-hour dance promenade of the Chelsea area twice a day from June 6-9, 1996, at 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Starting at Dia Center for the Arts, 548 West 22nd Street, New York, the promenade will loop around 21st and 23rd streets and continue on to the West Side Highway.

The Chelsea Dance Promenade draws attention to the surrounding area through dance and a musical compilation, both created specifically for this promenade. Continuing in the tradition of the promenade, Chelsea Dance Promenade turns an ordinary walk into a voyage of views. The musician Glenn Petry has selected music that provides nuance, mixing with the ambient sounds and street noises.

Since 1990, Yves Musard has defined his dances in relationship to urban and natural environments. His first work to incorporate the Promenade tradition was La Promenade, created in response to Dan Graham's Urban Rooftop Park Project at Dia Center for the Arts. Other works in this tradition have been The Broadway Project (1994-present) adding the concept of organizing the surrounding landscape into passing views and places to stop; and Le Regard (1993) created in collaboration with Lothar Baumgarten's America Invention in the Frank Lloyd Wright Rotunda at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Originally from Grenoble, France, Yves Musard has lived and worked in New York City since 1979. After studying contemporary dance with Merce Cunningham and Douglas Dunn, Musard founded Yves Musard and Vadancers. Yves Musard's spatial approach has led to collaborations with many artists, including visual artists Joseph Nechvatal and Lothar Baumgarten; musicians Ned Rothenberg, Fast Forward, Rhys Chatham, Zev, and Eve Marie Breglia. Musard has received grants from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, New York Foundation for the Arts, the French Foreign Ministry, and the French Cultural Ministry. He has created commissioned works for Dia Center for the Arts, The Yard, the American Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow, Theatre Jean-Marie Serreau, France, and the Theatre Contemporain de la Danse, France. Since 1983, Mr. Musard has created, performed, and taught in universities and arts institutions in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.

Glenn Petry is a consultant on classical music for artists and various organizations. Currently Petry is a member of the band Drunken Boat. This is his first collaboration with Yves Musard.

Reservations can be made by calling (212) 989-5566, ext. 101. Admission to the event is $7.00.

The Dia Dance Program is supported in part with funding from the Harkness Foundations for Dance, the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc., and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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For additional information or materials contact:
Press Department, Dia Art Foundation, press@diaart.org or 212 293 5518

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