PRESS KIT EXERPTS FROM 2008:
STATEMENT FROM CATHERINE HOURIHAN
As the artistic director of Tilt Performance Company, I strive to meld the dreamlike effects of projected visuals with the physical immediacy of dance. I aim to make works that are aesthetically beguiling, honor the expressive power of the body and that disturb standard perceptions. This current body of work draws on audience sensory perceptions and subconscious impressions to provoke questions about the roles and structures surrounding beliefs about love and sexuality.
I am a New York neo burlesque pioneer producer and Performer. I’m interested in exploring the dynamic contrasts created by combining genres and blurring the boundaries between. fine art and cabaret. I am influenced by butoh, burlesque, performance art and postmodern dance. One of the challenges for me as an artist right now is to bring out the artistry in the pop or kitsch elements and Zuse the stylistic contrasts to make the work stronger as a whole.
Tilt Performance has presented 6 public performances in Chashama’s window space on West 42 St. from 2000 - 2005 and artistic director Catherine Hourihan co organized the first public performance at La Plaza Cultural in 1996. Tilt Performance co is committed to bringing dance and performance to as many people as possible and providing a broad cross section of the community with an opportunity to view the work. Reactions and feedback from atypical dance audiences is extremely important and informs the artistic development of work by Tilt Performance.
Since 1990, Tilt Performance has been intriguing audiences in NY, Australia and Europe with thoughtful and provocative dance based performance. The Company began presenting work in NYC in 1998 with the premiere of Liquid Skin at Context Theater, and has been producing work ever since. Work has been presented in show cases at Judson Church, PS122, Joyce Soho, HERE Arts Center, BADD, Chashama and Dixon Place. Tilt Performance was invited to participate in the 2005 HOWL festival performed at HERE Arts Center for the 2006 American Living Room Festival. Tilt Performance has also presented work in Sydney's major art gallery The NSW Art Gallery, and at The Performance Space in Sydney, Tacheles Theater In Berlin and Dance House Theater in Melbourne.
The company now has 10 works in repertory, two of which were made in workshops run by the guidelines pioneered by Bessie Schonberg. Torn was made in 2000 at the Field's Artward Bound retreat and Touch was made in 2005 at dance Theater Workshop's Bessie Schonberg lab for experienced choreographers. Touch was performed at a showing at Dance Theater Workshop. Tilt Performance works on a project by project basis. Artistic director Catherine Hourihan has built an ongoing relationship with six professional dancers and performers. Composer Jim Crowe and film maker Pam Kray are collaborators with the company. A multi-me dia video, Motomanhattan/The Art of Falling (super-8/video) came out of Pam Kray's Collaboration with Tilt Performance on the piece The Art of Falling in 2004. The video played at Peripheral Visions Festival, Tabor, in the Check Republic as an all-day installation on September 11, 2004, hosted by the CESTA organization. It was also screened at Open Zone, Galapagos Art Space, April 2005, and at the Reel Venus Festival, Symphony Space, New York, NY on July 20, 2005.