Saturday 11 May 10:00pm

Gavin Rayna Russom

Physicality Rev 2: Dance Night

9:30pm doors • 10pm show


PHYSICALITY: An Exploration of Embodiment in Three Remixes

The dynamic artist Gavin Rayna Russom, who received acclaim as LCD Soundsystem’s “Synth Wizard”, has always delighted in exploding restrictive boxes of genre and discipline. Moving fluidly between the worlds of academic composition and underground dance clubs, Russom brings that stylistic open-mindedness to her series of three residency shows at National Sawdust.

Much as a recording engineer might create several different mixes of the same track, these three shows will present three different experiences centered on three interlinked questions about physicality: What does it mean to know something physically, in your body? What physical spaces can artists flourish in outside the rigid binary that separates concert hall from club floor? How can hiding in plain sight draw out the fertile potential for  stealthily playful artistic explorations despite the chronic liability of societal exclusion?

Drawing from nearly two decades of experience playing in dance clubs internationally, Gavin Rayna Russom offers a longform DJ set zooming in on the significance of the nightclub as a place where artistic expression has been able to flourish outside the rigid structures of academia. Dance is central to this event, inviting listeners to react to music with their bodies in ways that have long been shunned by classical Eurocentric art music purists. With a through-line that tells Russom’s own story of moving from studying composition to the underground club scene, PHYSICALITY #2: Dance Night  will be a powerful, uniquely immersive event.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.