Tippi Hart

February 17, 2017 – March 12, 2017



Liminal entities are neither here nor there; they are betwixt and between…
— Victor Turner, Anthropologist

Inspired by Turner’s thoughts on ritual as pre-liminal phase (separation), liminal phase (transition), and post-liminal phase (reincorporation), curator Tippi Hart’s research focuses on the spaces of transition/creation. She is mining creative work that lies between inspiration and presentation; process not product. This two-fold exploration looks at how the choreographer lives in that liminal space and how the photographer documents this process.

How does a choreographer explore an idea that stimulates them to create and subsequently allow them to convey that creation to their performers? Audiences are often moved and inspired by a performance that may last two minutes or two hours, but what does it take to get there? It takes weeks, months and sometimes years of research, rehearsal, discussion, and preparation. This art exhibition visually addresses the process by which performance creators construct the exploration to and with their performers. Tippi Hart and Jenny Garena’s photography documents the movement creations by Arizona choreographers Garena and Jamey Garner. The photographs provide viewers with an engaging look at how all of the artists involved construct their creative journeys.

Creation happens in the betwixt and between.

Tippi Hart
February, 2017