the invisible dog art center


In DANCE, NEWS on December 20, 2011 at 12:53


“Choreography is not to constrain movement into a set pattern, it is to provide a cradle for movement to find its own patterns.” – Michael Kliën

A silent, communal matrix of individuals “dreaming the real” imprints a landscape of marks and meaning on the surfaces of blackboards through a series of rehearsed patterns. Rising thoughts, visual thinking, and sensual perception form a choreography relating to exchange, sedimentation, erosion and demise as audience members bear witness to the unfolding. You may sit, you may talk, you may read, you may walk throughout the performance.

The US Premiere of Choreography for Blackboards, a work by European choreographer Michael Kliën (with dramaturge Steve Valk), weaves the drawings of seven performers info a collective dance of minds. Drawing on seven monolithic blackboards, seven local and international performers follow exact, rehearsed procedures over a set period of time. As the drawings develop and become more expressive, audience members are invited to interact with the performances or simple observe. Once the choreography has come to an end, a landscape of drawings is left for display and contemplation.

Presented by PS122, part of COIL 2012

Sunday, January 8, 3pm
Monday, January 9, 6pm
Tuesday January 10, 8pm
Wednesday, January 11, 6pm
$20, $15 (students / seniors)

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In NEWS on December 20, 2011 at 12:42

Dear friends,

The Invisible Dog has grown – and it’s all thanks to you. Since we opened two years ago, we have had an enormous audience attend our visual art exhibitions, dance, theater, and music performances; film screenings; literature and poetry readings; lectures; community events; and more. Now we are reaching out to you, our loyal friends and supporters, to launch our first-ever fundraising campaign because we want to sustain this growth and achieve even greater success in the future.

Our mission from the beginning has been to create not only a new kind of art center, but also a new kind of community center. We’ve hosted a number of community organizations and local public schools. PS 59, PS 261, PS29 each had their spring benefit in our space. The Brooklyn Heights Montessori School chose the Invisible Dog as the site for its fall theater performance. The diverse events produced and presented by the Invisible Dog have continuously attracted a wide variety of audiences from the local community as well. Prana by Chris Klapper, Camera Locus by Julien Gardair, and the first ever American solo exhibition of South Korean Artist (and Invisible Dog artist-in-residence) Chong Gon Byun’s 30 year career all attracted audiences young and old, from a few blocks down Bergen Street to several miles north in the Bronx. We have truly become an epicenter for the arts in our neighborhood, and in the next year we’re planning to give our community even more opportunities to interact with artists and the arts in our space.

Your support will help us continue to support and value our artists by providing them with subsidized studio, performance and exhibition space. We will continue to  present innovative, multi-disciplinary programming that builds bridges between artistic media, and in the next year, we’ll bring you more site-specific and commissioned performances and installations – presentations that you will only be able to see at The Invisible Dog. We pledge to grow our art center and continue to serve our artistic community in the years to come.

We are grateful for any amount that you are able to give. All donations are 100% tax-deductible though our fiscal sponsor, The Field.* To donate, please click here

If you are interested in underwriting an artist’s studio, performance, or exhibition please contact

Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm. We are truly grateful to have such a wonderful community, and we look forward to seeing you at an event soon.

Sincerely yours,

Lucien Zayan, Director


In DANCE, NEWS on July 15, 2011 at 20:49

december 13 – 23

Originally created and performed in 1993 at Performance Space 122 and reconstructed in 1995 at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, The Shining by Yvonne Meier is a dance-installation work full of thrill and fearful anxiety. It speaks of experiences at once sought and avoided – how do we hide from fear, play with thrills and terrors? How do those emotions excluded from consciousness play with us? This second reconstruction features original cast members Scott Heron, Annie Iobst, and Mike Iveson with new cast members Yve Laris Cohen, Jen Rosenblit, Aki Sasamoto, Osmani Tellez, Arturo Vidich, and Emily Wexler, and special guest appearances from Hapi Phace, Stinkmetal and Gina Varla Vetro.

December 13 to 18 / December 20 to 23 / 7pm & 9pm
December 13: Pre-show talk at 6pm
$24 Advance Purchase / $30 Day of Performance / $15 Night: Dec 14
Limited seating / Performance starts @NYLA

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The reconstruction of The Shining is supported by New York Live Arts’ “DTW Commissioning Fund” and is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.

Performance presented by