Photo by Marley Trigg Stewart
High Line Art announces sueño, a musical performance full of evocative synth sounds by artist and performer Miguel Gutierrez. Sung in English and Spanish, sueño will be performed three nights on the High Line at 14th Street: Monday, September 12 at 7pm, Tuesday, September 13 at 6pm, and Wednesday, September 14 at 7pm. sueño is organized by Melanie Kress, High Line Art associate curator.
Miguel Gutierrez is a choreographer, performer, music maker, writer, visual artist, educator, and Feldenkrais Method practitioner. He makes performances to create empathetic and irreverent spaces to talk about things in complicated ways beyond the limitations of propriety, party lines, and conventional logic. His performances are immediate and honest, untamed, and flush with joyful color, bringing audiences together in the experience of being alive. Gutierrez’s penchant for melancholy can be found in his project SADONNA, his sad iterations of Madonna songs, and his experimental compositions under the name The Belleville.
sueño is a new music project from Gutierrez. Singing in English and Spanish, Gutierrez uses dreamy synth sounds, spare arrangements, and his long-standing obsession with church like harmonies to make tiny epic songs dedicated to melancholy and longing. The special performance at the High Line expands sueño’s vision to incorporate dancers, offering the audience a heightened world of fantastical drama. Movement inspiration comes from a host of early 20th century modern dance choreographers such as Ted Shawn and Harald Kreutzberg. Gutierrez appropriates their modernist and expressionist aesthetics in the service of a contemporary ritual of spirituality and delicate decadence for our turbulent times. Gutierrez plays keyboard and sings, accompanied by eight performers: Justin Faircloth, Estado Flotante, Johnnie Cruise Mercer Jr, Seta Morton, Angie Pittman, Christopher Ralph, Kim Savarino, and Santiago Venegas. Sound artist and musician Rosana Cabán assists with arrangement, production, and sonic transitions.
The performance is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to RSVP online in advance. The nearest entrances to the High Line are located at Gansevoort Street and at 14th Street. The nearest elevator is located at 14th Street near 10th Avenue.
All persons with disabilities are encouraged to attend. Program venues are accessible via wheelchair. There will be ASL interpretation for the performance on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. To request additional information regarding accessibility or accommodations at a program, please contact Constanza Valenzuela (email@example.com) at least five days in advance of the event.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Miguel Gutierrez (b. 1971, Queens, New York) lives and works in Lenapehoking, currently known as Brooklyn, New York. Gutierrez’s choreographed works have been presented at festivals and institutions around the world, including Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2020); REDCAT, Los Angles, California (2020); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (2020); American Realness Festival, The Chocolate Factory, Queens, New York (2019); TBA/PICA, Portland, Oregon (2019); Zürich Moves Festival, Zürich, Switzerland (2015); Festival D’Automne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2015); and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York (2014). He has received four New York Dance and Performance Bessie Awards and a Doris Duke Artist Award (2016).
ABOUT HIGH LINE ART
Founded in 2009, High Line Art commissions and produces a wide array of artworks on the High Line, including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video programs, and a series of billboard interventions. Led by Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art, and presented by the High Line, the art program invites artists to think of creative ways to engage with the unique architecture, history, and design of the park, and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape. For more information on High Line Art, please visit thehighline.org/art.
ABOUT THE HIGH LINE
The High Line is both a nonprofit organization and a public park on the West Side of Manhattan. Through our work with communities on and off the High Line, we’re devoted to reimagining public spaces to create connected, healthy neighborhoods and cities.
Built on a historic, elevated rail line, the High Line was always intended to be more than a park. You can walk through the gardens, view art, experience a performance, enjoy food or beverage, or connect with friends and neighbors all while enjoying a unique perspective of New York City.
Nearly 100% of our annual budget comes through donations. The High Line is owned by the City of New York and we operate under a license agreement with NYC Parks.
Lead support for High Line Art comes from Amanda and Don Mullen. Major support for High Line Art is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, The Brown Foundation, Inc., and Charina Endowment Fund. Project support for High Line Art is provided by Charlotte Feng Ford, Scintilla Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Vivian and James Zelter. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.