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ARCOS Dance presents A Kinetic Encounter with

Enrique Martínez Celaya’s The Pearl at SITE Santa Fe


ARCOS Dance will present a new work created in response to SITE Santa Fe’s current installation by Enrique Martínez Celaya, The Pearl. This immersive performance allows the audience to explore the exhibit anew while taking their cues from dancers, who activate the open spaces surrounding the pieces and direct the audience on a path through the installation. Drawing from Celaya’s themes of home and memory, A Kinetic Encounter engages with existing movement ideas and motifs, reshaping them to the context of the installation’s physical layout and layering them with new choreography inspired by the evocative images and sounds of The Pearl.

The piece will run approximately 30 minutes from show start time. Viewers are encouraged to follow the movement of the dancers and feel free to return to previous rooms or walk through the entire exhibit again afterwards.

ARCOS is thrilled to offer these performance for free to the public in collaboration with SITE Santa Fe.

Friday, September 13 at 6pm
Saturday, September 14 at 10:30am 
Sunday, September 15 at 2pm & 4pm

SITE Santa Fe is pleased to present a new project by Enrique Martínez Celaya entitled The Pearl.  For this exhibition, Martínez Celaya transforms almost 12,000 square feet of SITE’s gallery spaces into an immersive environment that includes painting, sculpture, video, photography, waterwork, sound, and writing, as well as the artist’s first musical arrangement. This exhibition integrates and expands many of the elements and ideas that the artist has engaged with over the last several years.  In The Pearl, the artist takes the notion of home as both a point of departure and a destination to craft a visual poem of strong emotional, philosophical and psychological resonance. The structure of the exhibition invites a specific movement through the galleries thus unfolding a multi-layered narrative where objects, images, and references are continuously reconsidered in a similar way that a piece of music, a film, or a novel are revealed in time.


In creating The Pearl, many materials and ideas come together as Martínez Celaya transforms the entire building into a work of art, whose imagery point to the natural world and the everyday seen through the window of sorrow. But far from being a work of despair, the power of The Pearl resides precisely in its ability to reinvent loss as hope and the mundane as the fantastic. The artist has said, “a pearl grows from an irritation, a desire to seal the disturbance, and this a fitting way to look at much of what we do with our life, or to what our life has done with and to us.”



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