Torpedo Factory Art Center Presents Eames Armstrong Spell

By Editorial Team on May 19, 2016
Eames Armstrong performing Perdita. Photo by Philip Fryer.
Eames Armstrong performing Perdita. Photo by Philip Fryer.


Event: Friday, May 20 at 7pm


The event is free, but RSVPs are requested.

DC-based performance artist Eames Armstrong premieres Spell at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. This experimental new performance looks at how we mark time, language that is unspoken, and the everyday rituals that permeate our lives.

“On the eve of the May full moon, dance is an invocation, a celebration of confusion and multiplicity,” said Armstrong. “Can we evade fixedness through abstraction, can gestures be transformative? This performance is about searching through the ordinary for new processes of becoming.”

Armstrong developed the choreography and performs Spell with Hayley Cutler/darlingdance. The duo responds to the unique architecture and long atrium of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Chris Rasley‘s live electronic music will accompany them.

“As a major cultural institution in the region, we hope to celebrate the many ways that art exposes us to other possibilities and ways of being,” said Eric Wallner, CEO of the Torpedo Factory. “Performances like Eames’ are so powerful because she offers herself as the medium. We’re honored that she’s creating a new work for this partnership and we’re looking forward to premiering it.”

Spell is an evening-length event with a discussion following the performance. It is best suited for 18+ audience.

About Eames Armstrong
Eames Armstrong likes challenge, and art that is difficult. Based in Washington, DC, they works in performance, noise, language, and time. Locally, they have performed at Capital Fringe Festival; programmed a monthly performance series—Soapbox—at Hillyer Art Space; organized exhibitions Delicious Spectacle, 87FLORIDA, Studio 1469, Hole in the Sky, and Gallery 102 at George Washington University; and curated the 2013 Supervova Performance Art Festival in Rosslyn, Va. Eames has also performed at the Fringe Platform at the Venice International Performance Art Week in Italy; Houston International Performance Art Biennale; Transmodern Festival in Baltimore; Mobius, Inc. in Cambridge, Mass.; Rats9 in Montreal; Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn; Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery in Chicago; and many other artist-run and alternative spaces. They co-curated events at Panoply Performance Lab in Brooklyn and Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Eames received a BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts with focus in painting, performance, and art history. She will complete an MFA in studio art with a concentration in dance from George Washington University in 2016.

Torpedo Factory is located at 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA. For more information visit