October – 2013 – Danspace Project

October 2013

Okwui Okpokwasili: Production Residency week

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Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born are in the sanctuary this week working on technical elements of Okwui’s Bronx Gothic, premiering January 14 & 16-19, 2014. Bronx Gothic is co-presented and co-commissioned by Danspace Project and Performance Space 122 as part of PS122’s COIL Festival.

Constellations and Influences: Katy Pyle

Last Spring, Katy Pyle gave us quite a list of artistic influences that have helped shape her working process with The Ballez Company.  Here, we dive a little deeper into a few. John Waters and his use of saturated/garish colors… Read more

Constellations and Influences: Katy Pyle part II

RuPaul’s Drag Race:  We think Ru sums it all up pretty well here: Feminist Artists including Le Tigre, Judy Chicago, Miriam Schapiro, Karen Finley.  Here’s a short documentary clip by Johanna Demetrakas describing Schapiro and Chicago’s 1972 Womanhouse project. Rita… Read more

Constellations and Influences: Melanie Maar

My most significant artistic influence according to my mother happened when she went to see The Nutcracker with me in her enormous belly, because as soon as the Russian dancers came out stomping and flying I was kicking so strong,… Read more

Mapping New York’s Avant-Garde

onlycolorandlight: Diagram of artistic influences created by Yvonne Rainer in response to a July 1980 New Yorker article about the avant-garde dance community. Yvonne Rainer papers, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

Constellations and Influences: taisha paggett

Taisha Paggett's "a right-angled object who lost her faith in being upright." Photo: Ian Douglas

My most significant artistic influence stems from songs. Well, influence comes in all directions, but I would say songs have been the most consistent presence for me and thread between my artistic practice and my personal life-hood (assuming we’re able… Read more

Constellations and Influences: Sarah Skaggs

Sarah Skaggs by Ian Douglas

My earliest inspiration came from my dance teacher in college, Eija Celli, who looked like the German Expressionist dancer, Mary Wigman. I couldn’t understand a thing she was talking about but I had a sense that what she was talking… Read more