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PlySpace Performance Double Feature: Experiment in Tension & The Thaw

  • PlySpace 608 E. Main Street Muncie, IN 47305 (map)
Experiment in Tension: Fiber deconstruction using a GoPro camera attached to the body.

Experiment in Tension: Fiber deconstruction using a GoPro camera attached to the body.

Thaw: Dance Performance using a thermochromic (heat-sensitive) floor.

Thaw: Dance Performance using a thermochromic (heat-sensitive) floor.

Join us on First Thursday, December 6th, for a PlySpace Artist-in-Residence Double Feature with performances by current Fall 2018 resident Linda Ryan and past Spring 2018 resident Melissa Joy Livermore.

Experiment in Tension //// A collaborative performance with Melissa Joy Livermore and Linda Ryan

There will be 2 performances, one starting at 6:00 PM and one starting at 7:00 PM. Deconstruction is a practice of slowing down to engage in the present moment. The many iterations of the project have emphasized the mental space for contemplation and conversation created by removing thread after thread from a piece of fabric. “Experiment in Tension” shifts the focus to the body -- by performing a repetitive action in collaboration, the work expands Deconstruction to a multi-person endeavor centered on the mental and physical spaces we can share with others. 

The Thaw //// A dance performance by Linda Ryan

There will be 2 performances, one starting at 6:30 PM and one starting at 7:30 PM.
The Thaw is a dance performed on a thermochromic (heat-sensitive) floor that changes color upon contact with the dancer's body. PlySpace Resident Linda Ryan will dance, crawl, roll, and run on the floor to create an ephemeral record of movement and body heat that will remain in memory but fade with time. This performance is the culmination of the creative research she has completed while at PlySpace this fall.

Each performance will last about 20 minutes. There will be a short break (5-10 minutes) between performances. Please arrive and take a seat 5 minutes before the performance start time.  All performances will be held in the PlySpace Gallery, at 608 E. Main Street. Parking is available at the northeast corner of Main and Monroe Streets. Please use the gallery entrance on the west side of the building, located directly off of the parking lot.

Melissa Joy Livermore graduated from Ball State University in 2015 and was an artist in residence with Transform Creative in Paris in 2017, and PlySpace in 2018.  She deeply values connectedness and introspection. Much of her work, from the deconstruction of canvas—thread by thread, to the use of Instagram as a platform for performative action, lies at the intersection of the two ideas. She has completed her performance Deconstruction with numerous audiences in multiple countries, and reimagines the performance as a collaboration with Linda Ryan.

Linda Ryan holds a BA in Dance from the George Washington University's Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, where she received the Luther Rice Research Fellowship as well as the Enosinian Scholars Grant. She is an award-winning dance researcher, conducting movement research and experiential choreography both internationally and at home in the US. She is a resident at PlySpace for the Fall 2018 term and has complete collaborative projects with Muncie ArtsWalk and the Cornerstone Center for the Arts during her residency.

For more information please take a look at the Facebook events page. Questions or comments about the PlySpace Residency program, events, and community collaborations can be directed to Residency Coordinator, Erin Williams at

PlySpace is a program of Muncie Arts and Culture Council in partnership with the City of Muncie, Ball State University School of Art, and Sustainable Muncie Corporation. PlySpace is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.