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traversingwithonions

Process: traversingwithonions by Sondra Graff

March 7, 2015

traversingwithonions was an interdisciplinary collaboration and a visual and conceptual phantasy conceived by Sondra Graff as a second semester VCFA project.

traversingwithonions

photos: Ellen Crane
performers: Celeste Hastings, Petra van Noort, Maia Wechsler

It combined the inspiration of Dada, Surrealism and Butoh with an idiosyncratic ability to play. Dancers, musicians and 750 pounds of red onions contributed to the mix. A summer’s day in upstate New York provided the photographic backdrop for this playful and at times arduous gathering of artists and onions.

traversingwithonions

photos: Ellen Crane performer: Ann Ramsey

Parts of traversingwithonions will be shown at New Views: FIT Art and Design Faculty Exhibition from March 7–22, 2015 in New York City. The installation features photography by Ellen Crane and the work of performers Celeste Hastings, Petra van Noort, Ann Ramsey & Maia Wechsler.

Exhibit details: http://news.fitnyc.edu/2015/02/09/new-views-fit-art-and-design-faculty-exhibition/

traversingwithonions

photos: Momoe Narazaki
cast & crew, performers, musicians, videographers & photographers
set collaboration & construction: Michelle O’Dea
sponsors: Michelle O’Dea & Ann Ramsey
musicians: Gabriel Dresdale, Kim Field, Jacob Hefele & Thomas Workman

The generosity of an extensive cast and crew conjoined with the mentorship of Silas Munro culminated in an idiosyncratic response to the questioning of “How is this Graphic Design?”

performer: Maia Wechsler

photos: Ellen Crane
performer: Maia Wechsler

traversingwithonions was indeed a traverse—exploring existentialism, improvisation and task driven prompts.

performer: Petra van Noort

photos: Ellen Crane
performer: Petra van Noort

More imagery from the piece can be seen at: http://www.traversingwithonions.com/projects-test/#/new-gallery-1/

performer: Celeste Hastings

photos: Ellen Crane
performer: Celeste Hastings

Full credits for traversingwithonions:

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photos: Ellen Crane

traversingwithonions

full credits for traversingwithonions