836M Gallery Mounts Without Lonesome George and the Last Martha From RAWdance

Evolving-in-real-time exhibit inspired by French Natural History Museum’s La Salle des Espèces Menacées et Disparues (gallery of endangered and extinct species) will feature Wendy Rein and Ryan T. Smith, founders of RAWdance in collaboration with noted scenic designer/engineer Sean Riley and will feature a company of six dancers.

Live Weekly Installations/Rehearsals begin March 15 and continue each Tuesday/Thursday 5-7pm, Friday 12-3pm and culminate with a final and finished performance June 3, 2016.

March 1 San Francisco CA – Following recent exhibitions that have included a restored Banksy as well as sculptures from internationally renowned French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, 836M Gallery transitions to a living laboratory of artistic incubation for resident artists Wendy Rein and Ryan T. Smith, founders of RAWdance.

Drawing inspiration from the French Natural History Museum’s La Salle des Espèces Menacées et Disparues (gallery of endangered and extinct species), this performance installation from RAWdance and their collaborators will mine the tales of creatures from the natural world now lost, and reflect on the passing of a generation of groundbreaking dance makers. Among other notions it asks: How do we keep their essence alive?

The gallery itself—with its huge street facing and ground level window framing the action—becomes an immersive space and stage for this evolving-in-real-time collaboration with celebrated scenic designer/engineer Sean Riley. It will include a company of six dancers in a project that advances a set of physical and visual responses to questions of extinction and de-extinction, loss and legacy.

The title Without Lonesome George and the Last Martha refers to Lonesome George, the last Galapagos turtle; Martha was the last carrier pigeon named after the country’s initial first lady, Martha Washington.

Live weekly installation and rehearsals begin March 15 and continue each Tuesday and Thursday from 5-7pm, Fridays from 12-3pm, with a final and finished performance June 3, 2016.

WHAT: RAWdance @836: Without Lonesome George and The Last Martha
WHEN:
Tuesday and Thursday from 5-7pm, Fridays from 12-3pm, with a final and finished performance June 3, 2016
WHERE: 836 M Gallery located at 836 Montgomery Street
ADMISSION: FREE

ABOUT RAWDANCE
Founded in 2004 in San Francisco, RAWdance is an award-winning contemporary dance company known for transforming theaters and public spaces with intellectually and emotionally layered performances. Through the unique partnership of Co-Artistic Directors Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein, the company has earned a reputation for its visually striking, kinetically charged works that consistently push into exciting territory. SF Weekly dubbed the company’s work “edgy, sexy inventive fare designed to speak to audiences.” Critical Dance has described it as “experimental work done brilliantly.” rawdance.org

ABOUT SEAN RILEY
Sean Riley has a 20-year career combining suspension, kinetic movement, and design into unique performance environments. Concentrating his design for performance on sitespecific and experimental work, Riley has created scenic and lighting installations in collaboration with a spectrum of accomplished artists. Being known for his bold and often surprising use of space and for large-scale movement, Riley’s installations commonly reflect his life long obsession with gravity and physics. visiblegravity.com

ABOUT 836M
836M is a nonprofit gallery founded in 2014 to highlight Francisco’s vibrant and growing arts community. It is a cultural and artistic endeavor designed to leverage the city’s diverse interests and audiences and looks to discover and showcase those who go beyond themselves, push boundaries, and create stellar work that has the capacity to surprise. Throughout the year, 836M offers a carefully curated selection of art, conversations and events to private and public audiences alike in modern, contemporary and warm space. Seeking out not only stellar living artists but also “coup de Coeur” projects, gatherings at 836M are simple and fun, and always include a glass of wine! Banksy@836M was the first exhibition of an internationally acclaimed artist in the new gallery space. 836M is located at 836 Montgomery Street in San Francisco. 

Sara Canalís