Dancer and choreographer Ann Carlson and video artist Mary Ellen Strom bring together social, political, historical and formal concerns in their shared work. Their collaborations are notable for their community engagement, experimental form, and technological adventurousness. In this conversation we will show their work, discuss their creative process, and delve into the Real People series of dance performances that explore the movement of people in a range of professions including lawyers, nuns, basketball players, fly-fishers, and fiddlers. And we will talk about a Real People dance with university students, professors, and staff members that will be one outcome of their residency at Stanford this spring quarter.Ann Carlson
Ann Carlson is a dancer, choreographer, and performance artist. She creates dances that reflect and investigate the metaphor of the everyday that are coauthored by the performers, who have included non-dancers such as lawyers, doctors, and nuns (the Real People series). With a background in visual and performance art, Carlson often shows her work in unconventional dance sites, including museums, trains, and barnyards. She lives in Boston with Mary Ellen Strom and their three children.
Mary Ellen Strom
Mary Ellen Strom is a video artist who utilizes media technologies in service of social critique. Her installations and site-specific projects unearth submerged narratives within art, history and cultural discourse. Her work has been exhibited in a wide range of contexts including museums, galleries, passenger trains, large-scale video projections onto industrial sites and mountain rock faces, in empty retail stores and horse arenas. She has received recent awards including the Artadia Award, Fund for Art and Dialogue, 2007 and the Augustus Saint-Gaudens memorial Fellowship Prize 2006. Recent project grants include LEF Foundation, Art Matters, Arts Partners, Rockefeller MAP and Creative Capital among others. She teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.