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The Symphonic Body/Food

Artist Residency

The Symphonic Body/Food is an orchestral dance work built entirely from gestures. Instead of using instruments, individuals from many corners of the food system in Columbus create evocative portraits onstage built from the movements they do every day—from sitting in a meeting to teaching a cooking class to pulling a carrot out of the ground. Part social sculpture and part jazz improvisation, The Symphonic Body/Food offers a one-of-a-kind window into the breadth of labor, passion, and struggle that makes up the complex web of how we nourish each other and ourselves.

The Symphonic Body/Food marks Carlson’s return to the Wexner Center. One of our first Artist Residency Award recipients, the celebrated choreographer and performance artist premiered her work WHITE here in 1992. She is completing this latest project working in residence at the Wex and with several community partners, including departments across Ohio State, in the weeks leading up to these performances.

Ann Carlson’s Wexner Center residency and The Symphonic Body/Food are made possible by a grant from The Ohio State University’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), a Discovery Themes program. Generous support is provided by Cardinal Health.

Ann Carlson, foreground, conducts an orchestra

Ann Carlson, The Symphonic Body, photo: Toni Gauthier, courtesy of Stanford Arts Institute

Ann Carlson, center stage, conducts an orchestra

Ann Carlson, The Symphonic Body, photo: Toni Gauthier, courtesy of Stanford Arts Institute

MAJOR SEASON SUPPORT FOR PERFORMING ARTS
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

EVENT SUPPORT
Ohio State’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT)
Cardinal Health

ACCOMMODATIONS
The Blackwell Inn

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation

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