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New York Theatre Ballet: Legends & Visionaries

This performance is presented as part of the Community ACCESS series, which provides subsidized off-season rental opportunities for Danspace Project community members.

New York Theatre Ballet, voted “Best Company of the Year” in Dance Europe, returns to Danspace Project with Legends & Visionaries, NYTB’s classic series of revivals by legendary choreographers and a first look at creations by emerging choreographers.

This thrilling new Legends & Visionaries program will feature a premiere by American Ballet Theatre’s Gemma Bond, her fourth ballet for NYTB, as well as a NYTB premiere of David Gordon’s BEETHOVEN/1999, originally choreographed for his company, Pick Up Performance Company. The evening also welcomes the return of Richard Alston’s A Rugged Flourish, created on NYTB in 2011, and José Limón’s La Malinche, the first piece Limón created on his own company in 1949.

This evening runs approximately 70 minutes with no intermission.

Photo: Ian Douglas.
Photo: Ian Douglas.

Yvonne Meier

These performances are co-presented by Danspace Project and Invisible Dog Art Center. All 4 performances take place at Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY.

Multiple Bessie-Award winning artist Yvonne Meier shares two pieces: Durch Dick und Duenn, an all new work for multiple soloists, and Durch Nacht und Nebel, a short solo for Meier. In Durch Dick und Duenn (Through Thick and Thin) performers Lorene Bouboushian, Lisa Kusanagi, and Meier move through a rapid-fire sequence of eccentric action and shape-shifting characters as they navigate a volatile landscape of murky depths, brittle and explosive walls, and a few surprises. This new work draws on Meier’s 30+ year practice of improvisational Releasing and Authentic Movement techniques. In Durch Nacht und Nebel (which translates to By Night and Fog), seen at last year’s American Realness Festival, Meier transforms herself with provocative costumes.

“Fearlessly morphing from one creature to the next — one transformation involved an orange bodysuit affixed with the plastic babies, and in another, she was coated in black paint — she exposed her aging body with aplomb. Is there nothing she’s afraid of?” wrote Gia Kourlas (New York Times).

Durch Nacht und Nebel
Choreographed and Performed by Yvonne Meier
Music by: Chris Laye

Durch Dick und Duenn
Choreographed by Yvonne Meier
Performed by Yvonne Meier, Lorene Bouboushian, and Lisa Kusanagi
Set Design by: Yvonne Meier
Lighting Designer: Michael Stiller
Dramaturges: Aki Sasamoto, Anne Iobst, and Ishmael Houston-Jones
Music by: Chris Cochrane, Chris Laye, and Kevin Bud Jones

Internet Screen Shot courtesy of Gillian Walsh.
Internet Screen Shot courtesy of Gillian Walsh.

Gillian Walsh: Moon Fate Sin

Moon Fate Sin is a book, a dance, and a tape.

In times of global crisis, we see a turn toward mysticism. New York based choreographer Gillian Walsh presents Moon Fate Sin, her latest work developed in collaboration with Emily Hoffman. The performance ponders the pursuit of dance as a suicidal tendency – where do the death drive and the transcendence drive meet in dance?

In Moon Fate Sin, conceived as “ A Liturgical Dance for St. Mark’s Church, a cosmological dance demonology.” Walsh and collaborators/performers Maggie CloudJustin HyacinthEmily Hoffman, and Mickey Mahar encounter the intangible and immaterial and reckon with embodied doom and escapism. With dancing that ranges from slow and sculptural to modernist formal abstraction, Walsh delves into early psychoanalytic theory, occultist beliefs and premonitions on the onset of world war.

 

Costumes by earth_trauma
Lighting by Carol Mullins

Please note, a fog machine is used as part of this performance. 

Moon Fate Sin is co-presented by Danspace Project and Performa 17 (performa-arts.org)

Photo by Özlem Şen; courtesy of Meredith Glisson
Photo by Özlem Şen; courtesy of Meredith Glisson

DraftWork: Meredith Glisson / Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal

Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal, free Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development. Performances are followed by discussion and a reception with the artists and curator.

DraftWork is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

invisible material brochure cover designed by Katie Dean

Movement Research Festival Fall 2017: INVISIBLE MATERIAL

Movement Research, one of the world’s leading laboratories for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms, returns to Danspace Project with its annual Fall Festival.

Artist-curators Jonathan Gonzalez, Zavé Martohardjono, and EmmaGrace Skove-Epes approach Movement Research’s Fall Festival by considering collective practices and the workings of collectivity amidst economies of individualism in this current moment. Comprised of performances, workshops, and gatherings led by collectives, invisible material ponders interventions of unfolding in the fold, meandering and mess-making, and coordinating in the in-between. Read the full curatorial statement here.

THURSDAY November 30
The Commons Choir
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mayday heyday parfait is a choral, choreographed, fiscal epic performed by The Commons Choir. The backstory is The Age of Discovery da Gama and Columbus sailing in opposite directions in search of the same spice (nutmeg) setting into motion a global interchange of peoples, plants and communicable diseases under the most exploitive terms imaginable; although this ongoing momentum is coextensive with our extinction, we still haven’t put in place a counteractive Age of Undiscovery. For MR Festival Fall 2017: invisible material we’ll open our process to the public, asking questions such as: Is divisive speech ever free speech? How could something or someone possibly be out of place? Is peopling of the planet potentially out of place? Is identifying with identity the problem? What happens when words aren’t more than what words can say? If 70% of domestic terrorist attacks are committed by individuals-acting-alone, isn’t our greatest threat singularity? I’m more different from my group than yours. Shall we all meet all over again, free of arrogation?

FRIDAY December 1
Feminist Art Group + Collective States
temporal translations


Building and dismantling structures. Translating across linguistic barriers. When artists are labourers, viewers become audience. When artists are foreigners, allies default to translators. Feminist Art Group and Collective States will offer performances, each interactive in their own way.

SATURDAY December 2
Wildcat! + Social Health Performance Club
solo precarity


Collectives, Wildcat! and Social Health Performance Club share an evening of performances.

 

Please visit www.movementresearch.org/festival for info on other INVISIBLE MATERIAL EVENTS taking place at Danspace Project and various locations Monday November 27 – Sunday December 3.

Jonathan Gonzalez is a choreographer and performer based in Berlin and his native New York City. He has been a New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Artist, BAX/Dancing While Black Fellow, and is currently a 2017 Bessie-nominee as Outstanding Performer in Minor Matter. He has performed in the works of Ligia Lewis, Cynthia Oliver, Isabel Lewis, and Alex Baczyinski-Jenkins. He attended Trinity College as a POSSE Scholar, and holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Zavé Martohardjono is an interdisciplinary artist interested in geopolitics, social justice, queer glam, and embodied healing. Among many venues, they’ve performed at BAAD!, Boston Center for the Arts, Center for Performance Research, Gibney Dance, Issue Project Room, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Recess, Storm King Art Center, and the Wild Project. Zavé’s had residencies at The Bronx Museum of the Arts (2017), Gibney Dance Work Up 3.0 (2017), The Shandaken Project at Storm King (2016), La MaMa (2016), Chez Bushwick (2015), was a Lambda Literary Fellow (2015), and participated in BAX’s NEEDING IT (2013) and the Hemispheric Institute’s EMERGENYC (2011). They organize with artists of color and work at the ACLU to end mass incarceration. They received their B.A. from Brown University and their M.F.A. in Media Arts Production from the City College of New York.

EmmaGrace Skove-Epes is a movement-based artist, teacher, and organizer. Currently, she thinks about somatics as taking up space, multi-sensory listening, giving credit, and tensions between sight, imagination, embodied history, and projection. Her work has lived at venues including Theater for the New City, Roulette Intermedium, New York Live Arts, and the Center for Performance Research. She has been the recipient of a Gowanus Arts residency, a space grant at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and a Fresh Tracks Residency at NYLA. She has danced with Kathy Westwater, Edisa Weeks, Jon Kinzel, Jodi Melnick, Peniel Guerrier, Jesse Phillips-Fein, and Nadia Tykulsker, among others. EmmaGrace has taught at James Baldwin High School, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Bard College and NYU Tisch, and will be teaching at Third Root Community Health Center this fall. She organizes with Artists Co-Creating Real Equity and Breaking White Silence.
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BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance

This performance is presented as part of the Community ACCESS series, which provides subsidized off-season rental opportunities for Danspace Project community members.

Teresa Fellion founded BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance in late 2011. Fellion and company have created three connected yet distinct worlds using music and movement with rose walk green ice, a culmination of BodyStories’ projects over the last two years: HOME and Agawam.

HOME draws upon ritualistic process to elucidate the search for home via encounters, communication, and understanding of oneself and others. With Agawam, BodyStories considers the roles that family and memory play in the formation of identity. HOME and Agawam explore the emotionally charged journey that is the search for self-actualization and identity. rose walk green ice ingests and processes the ideas, themes, inspirations, and images in the previous works in an intimate, immersive way with its audiences.

This evening also includes special guest artists, the Chicago-based Winifred Haun & Dancers, performing Trashed, a collaboration between Winifred Haun and Australian Circus Artist Emma Serjeant.

Choreographed by Teresa Fellion in collaboration with the performers: Maria Gardner, Amanda Krische, Kimberly Murry, Kelsey Rondeau, Elizabeth Shew, Jessica Stroh, and Ashley Zimmerman; Rehearsal Director: Charly Wenzel; Original Music composed and performed live by John Yannelli and Trilogy: featuring Emily Cardwell; Costume Design by Nina Katan; Set Design by Robert Gould; Projection Design by Charly Wenzel; Lighting Design by Timothy Cryan.

Photo by Jennifer Meridian; courtesy of Jasmine Hearn
Photo by Jennifer Meridian; courtesy of Jasmine Hearn

DraftWork: Jasmine Hearn / Angie Pittman

Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal, free Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development. Performances are followed by discussion and a reception with the artists and curator.

DraftWork is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Photo by Jessica Mantell
Photo by Jessica Mantell

Indah Walsh Dance Company: homespun (please remove your shoes)

This performance is presented as part of the Community ACCESS series, which provides subsidized off-season rental opportunities for Danspace Project community members.

Indah M. Walsh creates non-traditional dance performance experiences in which audience members are active participants. As a woman of mixed ethnicity who grew up in western communities in different countries, her work contains humor with an underlying commentary on everyday sexism.

homespun (please remove your shoes) is a participatory dance gathering intended to challenge assumptions and behavior at live performances. homespun creates a space to gather, interact, and enjoy our collective stories while interrogating expectations and of traditional performance. “By finding creative ways for our networks to be involved throughout the development of the work and by reconfiguring traditional performance spaces, we hope to cultivate a sense of intimacy and camaraderie,” writes Walsh. “This designed gathering is not something viewers merely attend, but is an opportunity to actively contribute and be part of the work.”

Upon removing your shoes for homespun, you may be asked to tell a joke, sing, dance, lip sync, or play games. The performance is family friendly, so bring your kids and let them play.