Augur (2014-2016)

A collaborative site situated traveling performance in consciousness mapping, migration and meaning


Co-conceived and Directed by dance artists Maré Hieronimus and Nicole Nigro, and sound artist Cory Neale with Guest Video Artist Jeremy Frindel

Collaborating Performers Maurizio Campani, Rebecca Lloyd-Jones, Brianna MacLellan, and Anne Marion-Gallois, with vocalist Susan Myhr Fritz, Eva Perrotta, CJ Holm, Deborah Black 

Full Premiere: The chashama Summer Performance Series, August 2014

Open Rehearsal August 27 @ 7:30pm

Performances August 28 & 29 @ 7:30pm

Starting Site: Anita's Way, 133 West 42nd Street (the through block connecting 42nd and 43rd streets, between 6th Ave. and Broadway), NYC

Ending Site: One Bryant Park Urban Garden Room, corner of West 433d Street and Avenue of the America's (6th Avenue), NYC

This event is Free and open to the Public. No tickets are necessary. Audience members are encouraged to wander, and come and go as they like. The performance ritual begins at Anita's Way, and travels down the 42 Street corridor, ending at One Bryant Park Urban Garden Room.

AUGUR is a multi-media, collaborative, migrating performance work investigating the essential search for meaning through the framework of contemporary oracle, concepts of divination, altered states of consciousness, and ritual performance. Defined as the official in the classical world who was responsible for portending events through reading the flight patterns of birds, AUGUR combines dance installation, sound, projected image, imbued object, and migration pathways to shift and transform the experience of the mundane in the bustling 42nd street district of NYC. 

Through the interruption of the ordinary in the corridor of Anita’s Way to a series of images behind glass at One Bryant Park Urban Garden Room, AUGUR will encourage subtle interaction and intimate exchange, creating space for connection, curiosity, and mystery.

About the Artists:

Maré Hieronimus is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary dance artist and performer whose work weaves together her interests in movement, light, sound, the visual language, and perceptual awareness. Drawing from her interests in memory, sensory perception, embodiment, and the interface between body and landscape, she creates abstract and minimalistic dance art environments using the shifting field of the body as the point of origin. 

Cory Neale is a double bassist, composer, and sound designer from Philadelphia PA who focuses on narrative and allegorical works, forming expressions of these elements through transmedia applications. Using both acoustic and electronic means, his work focuses on creating unique experiences of sonorous time and space to mark cadence, shape moments, and propel the experience of both participant and performer.

Nicole Nigro is an independent dance artist based in Toronto, Canada. She is a performer, choreographer, educator, and workshop facilitator. Nigro’s work stems from her curiosity for human nature and her desire to connect. Nigro examines emotion, intent, and motivation with the purpose of celebrating diversity and fostering empathy. She believes in movement’s potential to challenge our perceptions and provide us with the aptitude to experience life more fully. 

AUGUR grew out of a collaboration at The E|MERGE Interdisciplinary Collaborative Artists Residency at Earthdance, Plainfield MA and was initially created through a performance space grant by the chashama Summer Performance Series 2014.

Photos by Hope Davis