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Maria Hassabi | PLASTIC

Artist and choreographer Maria Hassabi’s PLASTIC is a commissioned live installation in which dancers perform throughout MoMA continuously during opening hours. With no apparent beginning and end, PLASTIC reformats the duration of theatrical performance into a month-long museum exhibition. PLASTIC will be on view at MoMA February 21—March 20, 2016. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1P1Qq6A.

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We use the stairs as a place of just going up, getting somewhere or leaving from something and not spending any time. It’s not a place that usually artworks are presented. This is a space of transition. I was interested in placing work there for this reason. How can a transitional space become a place of pause? So, the movement on the stairs has a very forward direction to it. It's falling forward. The choreography goes back and forth between this very secure place to completely falling down and apart. Because it has so much to do with this transferring from one place to another and how it gets articulated. So every little thing, even just turning the head, becomes a movement. You hold positions for a long time, that makes the physicality also more fragile. Your muscles start weakening and shaking and all of that. So, you're constantly dealing with this— it's not fear—but chance of falling, chance of everything getting destroyed in a way. Your body, the choreography the aesthetics and all of that.