Under Construction Series: Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey

“…there are those rare few, like Mr. Cardona and Ms. Lacey, with another kind of virtuosity, in which physical precision and charisma
mingle like 21st-century fairy dust.”

—Gia Kourlas, The New York Times

Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey’s work together has been described as “utterly original, deeply comic, and deviously beautiful.”  Their current collaboration, The Set Up, is a multi-year eight-part project that posits western contemporary practice as yet one cultural specificity among others. Made with an international assembly of artists viewed as masters in their respective disciplines, each master is invited to teach what they think is most important about the form to which they have devoted their lives. This is followed by periods of response and reflection that culminate with a final piece.

This fourth installment of the series began in Central Java and continued while in residence at Park Avenue Armory. Against the backdrop of the Armory’s historic period rooms, the residency centered around an encounter with classical Javanese dancer Heni Winahyuningsih, dancer/teacher at the Sultan Palace in Yogyakarta for over 30 years. The result, presented as part of the Under Construction series, is a work made for three dancers, two singers and the historic Board of Officers room.

Made by Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey
Original music: Reiko Fueting
Dancers: Silas Riener, Jennifer Lacey, and Wally Cardona

A production of WCV, Inc., The Set Up: Heni Winahyuningsih is made possible by Park Avenue Armory; Creative Capital; Asian Cultural Council; National Endowment for the Arts; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; Indonesia Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta; and the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards program. These performances are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Photo by Jame Ewing

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