May 19 | 2018
The Cedars Union I 8PM
Multimedia artist and professional figure skater Jennifer Wester explores how light and shadow affect movement in even their most monochromatic forms in this whimsical world-premiere performance. Wester does the unimaginable as she transforms a Dallas parking lot into a magical ice skating rink, utilizing synthetic ice, lighting and projection while performing against an original music composition of sounds harvested from her own skates.
- Professional Figure Skater Jennifer Wester Changes Up the Sport for SOLUNA
by Monica Smart, Dallas Observer
Dallas music and performing arts festival Soluna returns next month for its fourth year with the theme "Shadow and Light." The Dallas Symphony Orchestra's three-week celebration of music and art is May 6-28 in various locations throughout Dallas.
Professional skater and multimedia artist Jennifer Wester will present the world premiere of Breaking Shadows on May 19. The 40-minute piece of ice skating performance art will take place on a miniature ice rink that she designed for the parking lot of the Cedars Union in southern Dallas.
"Breaking Shadows creates an experiential commentary on the often-overlooked components of the self that make up the whole," Wester says. "The piece employs ice skating as the medium to explore the play of shadows of the self, and the viewer watches as the skater’s form flows through space simultaneously in motion and motionless."
After hearing the theme of this year's festival, Wester considered how shadow and reflection are used as a guide when skating. She says she had "spent years in connection with a shadow and that a shadow shows no facial expression." Wester designed a white sectional backdrop that uses reflectiveness and light to break, bend and make multiple shadows behind her as she skates. This gives the impression that she is interacting with multiple faceless iterations of herself.
Wester competed internationally for the U.S. figure-skating team for five years. When she stepped outside of the strict structure she knew as a figure skater, she began to explore a variety of artistic forms, including using skates in painting and laser etching.
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