Press Release | Yolk by Third Rail Projects

March 24, 2014 New York Download

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What:   The world premiere of Yolk, the latest dance installation from Third Rail Projects

When & Where:
April 8th – April 10th
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm daily
Grace Plaza, 1114 Avenue of the Americas (@ 43rd Street)

Presenter:          Arts Brookfield


Cost:                   FREE






Commissioned by Arts Brookfield, Yolk will be performed during bustling lunchtime in Midtown

New York, NY (March 24, 2014) Third Rail Projects, the creators of the immersive theater hit Then She Fell and touring work Roadside Attraction will perform the world premiere of Yolk, a new 50-minute movement-based installation commissioned by Arts Brookfield, on Midtown’s bustling Grace Plaza April 8-10.

As Midtown workers and tourists enjoy an early springtime lunch, two performers emerge and transform themselves within the confines of a fragile shell. Part time-capsule and part allusion to the bejeweled hidden treasure inside the eggs of Karl Fabergé, Yolk is a dance performance featuring meditative movements and saturated images conceived by the artist-directors of the company—Tom Pearson, Jennine Willett, and Zach Morris—and performed by veteran company members Roxanne Kidd and Jessy Smith.

Yolk is the latest work developed by Third Rail Projects as part of its long-standing creative residency partnership with Arts Brookfield that began in 2009. Last year at Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza in Lower Manhattan, Third Rail Projects premiered Roadside Attraction in which Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times said “the choreography takes everyday impulses and makes them lyrically potent.” Also developed with substantial support from Arts Brookfield, Then She Fell was named as one of

The New York Times’ top ten shows of 2012 and one of “the top theater experiences of 2013” by Vogue.

“We’re thrilled to continue our longtime collaboration with Third Rail Projects,” said Debra Simon, Vice President and Artistic Director of Arts Brookfield. “Yolk promises to be a fun and cool lunchtime experience for everyone.”

“Many of our company’s success stories begin with Arts Brookfield,” says Tom Pearson of Third Rail Projects. “The opportunity to create works for their public spaces has afforded us the time, resources and artistic focus to develop new ideas and see them come alive in the public sphere.”


About Third Rail Projects

Third Rail Projects, led by Artistic Directors Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett is dedicated to reframing dance and performance and bringing art to the public through an array of media and within a variety of contexts including site-specific performances, dance theater, installation art, video and multi-media projects, and immersive performance environments. Collectively, Third Rail artists have been granted commissions, support, and residencies from presenters, organizations, and foundations including: Arts Brookfield, Danspace Project, the New York State DanceForce, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, Abrons Arts Center, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Theater Workshop, Topaz Arts, La Mama ETC, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, The American Music Center, The Lucky Star Foundation, and Materials for the Arts, among many others. Third Rail artists have also received numerous awards including three New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards – for Then She Fell (2013) and Vanishing Point (2008), a 2001 New York International Fringe Festival Award for Choreography from the Present Company, and others.


About the Performers:


Roxanne Kidd is a dancer and teaching artist now residing in Brooklyn.  As an Alumna of Florida State University, with her BFA in dance, she teaches performance and dance for the arts education program LeAp while performing with Third Rail Projects as a cast member of Then She Fell. In her first year with the company, she has also performed in other Third Rail Projects works including Marrow and now Yolk. Roxanne is currently continuing the pursuit of her own artistic endeavors in New York City.


Jessy Smith is a dancer and nightlife performance artist who lives in Brooklyn. She hails from woodsy Hudson, Ohio, and holds a BFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  Over the last 10 years, Smith has had the good fortune of working locally and internationally with many talented artists including Lady Rizo, Larry Keigwin, Josh Prince, Gordon Voidwell, Zvi Gotheiner, Kristin Marting, Eva Dean, Cleo Mack, Heather Harrington and Sydney Skybetter.  Her own choreography has been presented at Joe’s Pub, DTW, The Box NYC, Le Poisson Rouge and Stage 72. She joined the cast of Then She Fell in 2012 and enthusiastically continues to play and perform with Third Rail Projects.


About Arts Brookfield

Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier office properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art.


Now through December 2014, Arts Brookfield celebrates its 25th Anniversary through an interactive initiative, Art Set Free. The public is invited to submit original artworks of all kinds for digital display at Brookfield’s office properties around the globe and on

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