Practicing Silence is a collaborative artistic work-in-process performance that will be shared with the public. The performance will feature dancers from the New York City Ballet, with choreography by Silas Farley, and music composed by Pornchanok Kanchanabanca, featuring jazz pianist and drummer Julius Rodriguez and poet Ilya Kaminsky, with bassist and cellist Noah Jackson leading the Nu Muse Quartet.
The Practicing series at Grace Farms brings together artists from diverse disciplines to participate in contemplative discourse and a collaborative creative process that leads to the creation of a new performative work that is shared with the public. Over the course of five days at Grace Farms, invited artists respond to universal subjects such as empathy, awe, joy, and silence after delving into texts from related disciplines. The resulting work is performed at a work-in-process showing that is open to the public free of charge.
The series is curated and led by Kenyon Adams, Arts Initiative Director at Grace Farms Foundation, who seeks to provide artists with the opportunity to develop new, collaborative, and site-specific works at Grace Farms. The Practicing series began in February of 2016 with Practicing Empathy, followed by Practicing Awe in July. Participants from the first two workshops have included: Bill T. Jones, Gallim Dance, Jake Goldbas, Cindertalk, and vocalists from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, among other artists. Practicing Joy is scheduled for September 2017.