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Spring at Danspace includes PLATFORM 2014: Diary of an Image by DD Dorvillier, and much, much more!

This spring we bring you world premiere performances, conversations, and the return of our PLATFORM series. The second series to focus on the work of a single artist, PLATFORM 2014: Diary of an Image by DD Dorvillier is four weeks dedicated to the choreographic mind of DD Dorvillier and the premiere of her newest work.  Read on

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What were we up to this summer?

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We continued our collaborations with Wesleyan University’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) — where Danspace staff visited in July — and the New York State DanceForce. We sent Souleymane Badolo on two intensive residencies to Wesleyan and Mount Tremper Arts….And in July,  two of our recently commissioned emerging choreographers, Darrell Jones and Joanna Kotze received Bessie Awards! Many people are curious if we will continue with the Platforms. The answer is yes! Our next Platform in spring, 2014 will be a “one person” exhibition… read a letter from Judy Hussie-Taylor

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Constellations and Influences: Joanna Kotze

In 2012 Danspace Project presented two historic Platforms, Parallels and Judson Now. In 2013 we continue to explore artistic constellations and lineages. What web of connections do new generations of artists trace? Who are their influences? This season we ask each artist to share a significant artistic influence.

Joanna Kotze: My first artistic influence was my sister…she would come home from ballet class and teach me everything she had learned. I was six. Movement is my most significant influence: movement of the body, movement through space. I have always loved to move but fully investigating movement while working with Wally Cardona and also understanding my body in a deeper way through Klein Technique with Barbara Mahler has made me fascinated with what the body can do. Read the rest of this post »

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Constellations and Influences: Darrell Jones

In 2012 Danspace Project presented two historic Platforms, Parallels and Judson Now. In 2013 we continue to explore artistic constellations and lineages. What web of connections do new generations of artists trace? Who are their influences? This season we ask each artist to share a significant artistic influence.

Photo: William Frederking

Photo: William Frederking

Darrell Jones:

this shape inspires

to spiral      the breath     use sound as after effect of friction of nothing          sound of nothing       an echo of nothing       hollowing to nothing       what you hear is not of origin       most hear distortion       you hear origin of sound       bellowing anges       the ram’s horn

to spiral       break into thee       give god not chance       let his comeuppance        sin in like love       run out into nothing       you fucking monster

to spiral       look into someone’s eyes       find not soul       find a dark pool       drown into nothing       wake to godhead deossifying of nothing

text by J’Sun Howard

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Darrell Jones’ HOO-HA (for your eyes only) runs May 23-25, 2013 at Danspace Project

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Constellations and Influences: Katy Pyle

In 2012 Danspace Project presented two historic Platforms, Parallels and Judson Now. In 2013 we continue to explore artistic constellations and lineages. What web of connections do new generations of artists trace? Who are their influences? This season we ask each artist to share a significant artistic influence.

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Photo: Chrissy Pessagno

Katy Pyle:
Julie Atlas Muz’s Rite of Spring, Jon Benet Ramsay version at DTW 2004
Adrienne Truscott and the Wau Wau Sisters
Split Britches – Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver
John Waters and his use of saturated/garish colors and people

Choreographers/makers I’ve worked with (luckily I’ve been able to work/for/with a lot of my inspirations) – Karinne Keithley, John Jasperse, Jennifer Monson, Ivy Baldwin, Faye Driscoll, Katie Workum, Young Jean Lee.

Feminist Artists – Le Tigre, Judy Chicago, Miriam Schapiro, Karen Finley

Kitsch N*Sync, my Drag King band with Isabel Lewis, Ann Liv Young, Gina Tai, Ashlea Hitchcock

asubtout, my dance band with Eleanor Hullihan

Donna Faye Burchfield – my professor for undergrad at Hollins University

Riot Grrls

Rita Bobby who runs Downtown Yarns, and has consistently created a real, living, community space for creation in the East Village for over 10 years.

Rupaul’s Drag Race

Theater and Dance community in Austin growing up

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Katy Pyle and the Ballez Company’s The Firebird, a Ballez runs May 16-18, 2013

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Constellations and Influences: Hilary Clark, Caroline Gravel, and Taisha Paggett

In 2012 Danspace Project presented two historic Platforms, Parallels and Judson Now. In 2013 we continue to explore artistic constellations and lineages. What web of connections do new generations of artists trace? Who are their influences? This season we ask each artist to share a significant artistic influence. Below are responses from Hilary Clark, Caroline Gravel, and Taisha Paggett:

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Hilary Clark, Caroline Gravel, and Taisha Pagget. Photo: Tamara Johnson.

Hilary Clark: My most significant artistic influence is many, many things. One being Ruth Adrienne, my Taylor dance technique teacher in college, because she said that you hold the past, present and future in one hard position where you are sitting on one heel for a long time with your arms up as if holding two worlds, and I thought, well I am really looking to the future right now but I believe. She would say the right arm and where you are looking, is the future, your body is the present and  your back arm holds the past. That was blowing my young mind as it was my quadriceps and has left a significant impression on me artistically. Read the rest of this post »

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Constellations and Influences: Vicky Shick

In 2012 Danspace Project presented two historic Platforms, Parallels and Judson Now. In 2013 we continue to explore artistic constellations and lineages. What web of connections do new generations of artists trace? Who are their influences? This season we ask each artist to share a significant artistic influence. Below is Vicky Shick’s response:

Vicky Shick: Influences are really difficult to identify, not because there aren’t any, but because there are so many. What stands out most to me is an amazing and vibrant community. I was privileged to grow up as a dancer during three change-filled decades where performers and creators tried and did just about everything. Those times were loaded with courageous, imaginative, idiosyncratic and persevering risk-takers who taught and provoked us so, so much. But, it’s not only those innovative masters who were such incredible guides. Read the rest of this post »

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Constellations and Influences: Enrico D. Wey & Jon Kinzel

In 2012 Danspace Project presented two historic Platforms, Parallels and Judson Now. In 2013 we continue to explore artistic constellations and lineages. What web of connections do new generations of artists trace? Who are their influences? This season we ask each artist to share a significant artistic influence. Below are Enrico D. Wey and Jon Kinzel’s responses:

Jon Kinzel and Enrico D. Wey. Photo: Simon Courchel.

Jon Kinzel and Enrico D. Wey. Photo: Simon Courchel.

Jon Kinzel: When asked to write about artists who have influenced me my brain gets into a going-berserk-on-me state while at the same time I feel content to consider the many artists, both living and dead, whose work I value. More specifically, while I have over the years focused more intently on following the development of certain artists, I am reassured by the fact that I will always be able to turn to another artist unknown to me to help destabilize a sense of familiarity and experience art anew.

As this brief text is meant to touch on artistic influences in my life (rather then ruminate on the subject at hand and attempt to write a comprehensive list, or on the nature of inspiration) I will contribute a spontaneous short reply of artists who I like a lot – some names that come to mind at this moment Read the rest of this post »

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Constellations and Influences: Marýa Wethers

In 2012 Danspace Project presented two historic Platforms, Parallels and Judson Now. In 2013 we continue to explore artistic constellations and lineages. What web of connections do new generations of artists trace? Who are their influences? This season we ask each artist to share a significant artistic influence. Below is Marýa Wethers’ response:

Marýa Wethers. Photo: Ian Douglas.

Marýa Wethers. Photo: Ian Douglas.

Motown music: My earliest influence was an inherited appreciation of soul music from my Dad who played Motown music in the house and on car trips, with Simon & Garfunkel, Carly Simon, and of course Donna Summer in the mix. That music was an entry point into this piece. Read the rest of this post »

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Constellations and Influences: Marjani Forté

In 2012 Danspace Project presented two historic Platforms, Parallels and Judson Now. In 2013 we continue to explore artistic constellations and lineages. What web of connections do new generations of artists trace? Who are their influences? This season we will ask each artist to share a significant artistic influence.

Below is Marjani Forté’s response:

Truth is…there are far too many to count.  So I’ll go with the one’s that come to mind today, at this moment.  I’m sure after I finish and especially after I turn this in, I’ll think of other super important and relevant influences that I forgot to name or remain hidden in some corner or my mind or just underneath my skin.  Some are simply exhausted from being overused in the making of this work and may have chosen to retire for the week.  So as you read this, don’t take much of it too seriously, I promise it’s only the tip of the iceberg HA!

My father started me watching Sci Fi movies, big Hollywood Blockbuster blowouts like Star Trek, Star Wars, Batman, and Predator very early. Read the rest of this post »