2 Weeks of Live Performance at The Window at 125

The Window at 125 Presents The Introducing Series: Season 5

ROVE presents Close Encounters

Installation occurs from 8am-7pm every day.

Come by anytime, or check ROVE’s facebook page for updates on each artist’s installation. Join us after at [Henry’s/Lily’s] for an extended happy hour from 5-8pm each day with a special ROVE cocktail.

ROVE (formerly RoofTop Dance) is thrilled to partner with the Roger Smith Hotel’s Window at 125 for a second year through The Introducing Series, Season 5 to present Close Encounters.



A two-week series featuring 5 artists working in the field of performance, Close Encounters offers meetings of art, artists, and audiences that are unexpected and intimate at the same time.

Using the frame of the Window at 125 (both figuratively and literally), Close Encounters wonders how chance encounters can engender deeper connections and sustained interest. Featuring artists Tony Carlson, Walter Dundervill, Lonely Goat, Molly Poerstel, and The Space We Make, this two-week installation gives audiences the opportunity to get intimate with each artist’s work.


When we view dance or performance, our watching is often short and singular. Whether we’re sitting in the audience at the ballet or hurrying by a street performer, we look and then we look away.  Close Encounters offers viewers a chance look, and then look again–each artist will spend a full 11-hour day in the Window at 125, and then return for a second 11-hour installation in the series’ second week. This “looking again”—re-specting, if we trace the word back to the Latin root— offers not only the chance to see more from each artist, but to see closer, to get to know their work in a fuller and more intimate way.

The idea of re-specting is exciting to us, because it’s inclusive, democratic, open for all–there is no wrong way to watch these installations, and no singular meaning or reaction to take away from them. As curators, we were drawn to these 5 artists, who represent a broad range of young makers and experienced performers, because they share an interest in how the role-specific and non-traditional spaces play in the relationship between viewer and performer.  How each artist explores this, what bodies and materials they utilize to do so, and the aesthetics of that relationship are entirely up to them.  These artists get the opportunity to experience a unique performance opportunity.  The constraints of the space, wayward nature of the audience and duration of the event allow the artists to research and present simultaneously.  We encourage viewers to look with us and then look again, be it over the course of one encounter, within a day, or throughout the whole series.


ROVE (formerly RoofTop Dance) is a small organization dedicated to creating opportunities for performance-based artists at all stages of their careers to develop and present work in non-traditional spaces. Comprised of 4 individual artists acting as producers–Anna Adams Stark, Izzy Hreljanovic, Edward Rice and Sarah A.O. Rosner– ROVE is the result of shared values, practical thinking, and a passion for supporting the artmaking process.

ROVE seeks to support innovative artists in the performing arts, using available and non-traditional spaces to forge unexpected connections between artist, art, and audience.  ROVE seeks to support artists by offering visibility, community involvement, and discourse across the entire process of curating, creating, and presenting work. ROVE is dedicated to working ethically as presenters within the arts ecology, and bringing transparency, dialogue, and respect to all aspects of their work.

Through their respective jobs and interests in the dance and performance communities in NYC, the producers of ROVE identify artists that share or are interested in ROVE’s Mission: to nurture rigorous and inclusive interactions between artists and audiences throughout the entirety of the art-making process.

For more information about ROVE, please visit www.ROVEhere.org and www.facebook.com/ROVEhere




Molly Poerstel is a downtown dance artist who has been an active in the community for the past fourteen years. Within this time she has worked with many artists as a dancer and collaborator. Such artists include: Mark Jarecke, Jeanine Durning, David Dorfman Dance Company, Susan Rethorst, Alex Escalante, Hilary Clark, Larissa Valez, Roseanne Spradlin and Ivy Baldwin Dance.  Currently she in involved in Jeanine Durning’s Continuous Movement Practice.  Ms. Poerstel has taught at Dance New Amsterdam, 100 Grand, CLASSCLASSCLASS, The Open Look Dance Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, The Dalton School, The Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance and most recently The Nanyang Fine Arts Academy in Singapore.  Her choreographic work has been shown at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Movement Research’s Open Performance, Movement Research at Judson Church, AUNTS, CATCH 57, The BAX Upstart Festival, Fridays at Noon and The Nanyang Fine Arts Academy in Singapore and Food For Thought.  Poerstel was a 2012/2013 NYLA Fresh Tracks Artist.  The Highlands was made possible by the generous support of the William and Karen Tell Foundation.

Installation Statement:

In my work, Past Present Past, I envision the rebirth of the matriarch and her value to this world as one who will ignite, re imagine and redefine our time. The physical and visual explorations displayed at the Roger Smith Hotel will source my interest in naturalism, a subconscious underbelly and the ancestral wisdom which resides in the body and compels us to evolve.

THE SPACE WE MAKE is a performance collective that creates site-specific works outside of traditional theater settings. Co-founded in 2011 and directed by writer/musician Caitlin Scholl & choreographer/dancer Simon Thomas-Train, the group consists of a core roster of artists based in New York City and beyond.

We make work that draws inspiration from community involvement and input, personal and epic human narratives and the histories of specific geographies.  We are interested in exploring a creative space where performance can be both abstract and personal, bombastic and full of solitary grace.  Within the multi-sensory performance environments we create, we re-envision the relationship of the audience to performers, to its surroundings and to itself.

Installation Statement:

Get ready to get your box on with THE SPACE WE MAKE! During our first stint in the window, our artists will perform solo and collaborative works intended to stir the metaphysical pot. Cymbals crash, bodies move. And then some. Our second day is a study in character: for the very first time TSWM artists working on THE WHITE WHALE THE WHITE WAIL will appear in public as their bad Moby Dick selves. Cue Ahab, Ishmael, Stubb, Queequeg, Fedallah, Pip, Peleg, Bildad, and of course, the White Whale herself. Each day will end with ensemble performances by the whole collective.

lonely goat As a member of the Isadora Duncan Youth Ensemble, Sophie Maguire traveled to Hungary, The Czech Republic, Scotland, and Hawaii. Sophie graduated with honors, in dance, from Connecticut College, where she studied with and danced for David Dorfman, Shani Collins, Heidi Henderson, Adele Myers, Lisa Race, Robyne Watkin, Nicholas Leichter, Monica Bill Barnes, and Colleen Thomas. In the winter of 2010, Sophie founded lonely goat. Sophie’s work has been shown at the 2010 American College Dance Festival, Studio A (CT), Rooftop Dance Performance Series, Art CartNYC’s Truck Yeah!, The Asheville Fringe Festival (NC), Greenspace, The Construction Company, The Chi Movement Center (PA), The Hygienic Art Gallery (CT), Westfest at Westbeth, Dixon Place, DNA, Triskelion Arts, Galapagos Art Space, Gowanus Art + Production, and has enjoyed several residencies at The Dragon’s Egg (CT). Sophie will forever choreograph while pursuing a Masters of Landscape Architecture.

Installation Statement:

How does an environment get built? How does it evolve? How does it change when people enter it? How do people change when they enter it?  Throughout lonely goat‘s two days at the festival, the audience will be able to take a literal peek into the journeys of several characters through four environments built specifically for the window.  Catch a moment in time or an evolution of space, either way, there will be a story to see.

Tony Carlson was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota where he began dancing in his early teens and started working as a dance instructor and choreographer for area schools’ theatre departments and after-school programs. Tony attended high school at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Minneapolis before coming to New York City; here he is pursuing a B.A in dance at Eugene Lang College, where he is currently in his third year. Tony has choreographed and performed as part of the Rooftop/Ground Floor Introducing Series through a joint-curation between the Roger Smith Hotel and Rooftop Dance, has presented his work in collaboration with the A.O Movement Collective, and has also shown work at Movement Research’s Judson Church work-in-progress series. Administratively, Tony has worked in various capacities within the offices of Movement Research, Trisha Brown Dance Company, and New York Live Arts/Dance Theatre Workshop.

Installation Statement:

“I am beginning a search for ways to build processes and performance forms in response to certain “crises of spirituality” I have encountered these past few years, and so I have been experimenting with an approach predicated upon sustaining and acknowledging the body, its intelligence, sublimity, history, and cathartic potential — self-care as being a means to enact “faith” and improvisation as a means to enact “ecstasy” or “transcendence.” What is more, I desire to reify for myself the potential of collective reckoning in regard to these questions, enacting collaborative and mutable engagement with certain rituals of fellowship, and designing customized structures/practices that evoke spirituality, but do not preclude otherwise secular possibility, ideological plurality, or equivocality. During my time in the window, I will construct a shrine and will invite friends to join me in inside to share a meal, dance together, wash/nurse one another, tell stories, and collaboratively design “prayer” (whatever that might mean) all with a spirit of improvisation, reciprocity, and sharing the load. I will also take some time alone to summon ecstatic, improvised “spectacle solos” as a means toward realizing my own kind of liturgy in practices of the body, all in hopes of reconciling the spirit in my approach to performance.”

Walter Dundervill‘s choreography has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, The Chocolate Factory, Movement Research at Judson Church, Participant Inc., NADA, and The Solo in Azione Festival in Milan Italy.  He has received New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards as a performer, costume designer, and for the visual design of his own choreography Aesthetic Destiny 1: Candy Mountain. Walter is a member of the Artist Advisory Council at Movement Research. He was a 2012/13 Studio Series resident at New York Live Arts and a 2010/11 Movement Research Artist in Residence.

Installation Statement:

“Hang out. Do Stuff. Wear Clothes.”


The Window at 125 presents The Introducing Series, an initiative that creates occasions for emerging artists to be formally introduced by an advocate of their work and champion of their future career. Artists will come from a spectrum of disciplines, including visual artists to performance artists, writers to musicians, film-makers. The series’ constant is the principle of an introduced artist, the variable element is the appropriately diverse composition of each event.

The Roger Smith is a family run hotel in Midtown Manhattan. For over 20 years the owners and staff have been committed to shaping and growing a diverse and organic cultural footprint both within the hotel and beyond.

For more information please contact Danika Druttman on 212.339.2092 or email ddruttman@rogersmith.com