PLASTIC is by New York-based, Cyprian-born choreographer and dancer Maria Hassabi. The piece, Hassabi’s first presented exclusively in museum spaces, was curated by Aram Moshayedi, and was on view at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles from January 31, 2015 until March 1, 2015. 

The piece’s movement vocabulary is slow and sustained and includes long minutes of holding a single posture. Typical of Hassabi’s work, PLASTIC explores how stillness can be found within movement, or, rather the impossibility of embodied stillness.

PLASTIC later traveled to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Hammer Museum Cast: 
Casey Lin Brown
Alison D’Amato
Ellen Gerdes
Hristoula Harakas
Maria Hassabi
Molly Lieber
Oisín Monaghan
Gwyneth Shanks
Devika Wickermesinghe.

Sound design by Morten Norbye Halvorsen.
Lighting consultation by Chu-Hsuan Chan.
Produced by Ash Bulayev.
Styling by threeASFOUR.

Performances Engagements:
Hammer Museum | Los Angeles, CA | January 31- March 1, 2015
Stedelijk Museum | Amsterdam, Netherlands | April 16- 23, 2015
Museum of Modern Art | New York, NY | February 21 – March 20, 2016

Photo credit: Gwynn Shanks | Hammer Museum | Brynn Shiovitz.
Gwynn Shanks | Hammer Museum | Brynn Shiovitz.