Events – Danspace Project
Photo: Ian Douglas
Photo: Ian Douglas

Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd

This performance runs approximately 75 minutes with no intermission

January 9, 8pm SOLD OUT (wait list begins at the door at 7:15pm)
January 11, 7pm SOLD OUT (wait list begins at the door at 6:15pm)
January 12, 7pm SOLD OUT (wait list begins at the door at 6:15pm)
January 13, 3pm & 7pm SOLD OUT (wait list begins at the door 45 minutes prior to each performance)

Danspace Project partners​ with Gibney Dance and American Realness 2018 to present 5 encore performances of ​the Bessie Award-winning Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd, which served as a centerpiece performance of Danspace’s historic Platform 2016: Lost & Found, curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones and Will Rawls. Inspired, in part, by choreographer/dancer John Bernd (1953-1988), and the work of other New York dance makers who died during the first 15 years of the AIDS crisis, 1981-1996​, the Platform title was taken from Bernd’s trio of dances entitled Lost and Found, first performed at Danspace Project in 1981.

Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd revisits and reconstructs dances and images, and collages themes and excerpts from Bernd’s body of work to interrogate the effects of his loss on work made today. Ishmael ​Houston-Jones and Miguel ​Gutierrez direct a cast of seven dancers including Toni CarlsonTalya EpsteinAlvaro GonzalezCharles GowinMadison KrekelJohnnie Cruise Mercer, and Alex Rodabaugh.

Conceived by Ishmael Houston-Jones
Co-directed by Ishmael Houston-Jones and Miguel Gutierrez
Choreography by John Bernd 
Text by John Bernd
Music Compositions by John Bernd, arranged and re-mixed by Nick Hallett
Consultation by Jennifer Monson
Lights by Carol Mullins
Drawings by John Bernd
Video Design by Alvaro Gonzalez
Performed by Toni CarlsonTalya EpsteinAlvaro GonzalezCharles GowinMadison Krekel, Johnnie Cruise Mercer, and Alex Rodabaugh

Join us on January 13 for a Lost and Found Panel Discussion and Reception co-presented by Danspace Project, Gibney Dance, American Realness, and The Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP).

Other performances

Photo: Ian Douglas
Photo: Ian Douglas

Lost and Found Discussion & Reception

Coinciding with the encore performances of Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and Other Works by John Bernd, Danspace Project hosts a panel conversation and reception co-presented by Danspace Project, Gibney Dance, American Realness, and The Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP).

Panelists will include: Will Rawls, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Jaime Shearn Coan, Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, Ricarrdo Valentine, Orlando Zane Hunter Jr, Miguel Gutierrez, Pamela Sneed, and Judy Hussie-Taylor.

4:30PM: Judy Hussie-Taylor (welcome)
4:35-5PM: Ishmael Houston-Jones & Will Rawls
5:05-5:30PM: Ishmael Houston-Jones & Miguel Gutierrez in conversation with Jaime Shearn Coan
5:35-6:10PM: Pamela Sneed, Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, Ricarrdo Valentine, and Orlando Zane Hunter Jr in conversation with Judy Hussie-Taylor
6:10-6:45PM: reception

Other performances

Photo: Carlos Funn
Photo: Carlos Funn

Women in Dance Leadership Conference Performances

These performances are presented as part of the Community ACCESS, which provides subsidized off-season rental opportunities for Danspace Project community members.

Tisch School of the Arts, Tisch Initiative for Creative Research and the Tisch Department of Dance are pleased to host the 2018 Women in Dance Leadership Conference. Danspace Project is the host of the conference concerts through an ongoing partnership with Tisch Initiative for Creative Research and Danspace Project’s Community ACCESS program.

Inspired by the women in leadership in the dance community, Women in Dance Leadership conference will investigate, explore, and reflect on women’s leadership by inviting world-renowned dance makers/ artists /scholars /directors to this conference including Liz Lerman, Blakeley White-McGuire, Tzveta Kassabova, Sidra Bell, Vendetta Mathea, and Yin Yue. Through keynote speakers, discussion panels, master classes, creative process sessions, film screening, and performances, this conference will serve to promote women’s leadership development and as a catalyst for cultivation of an ongoing dialogue within all performing arts communities in the U.S.

Thursday, Jan. 18:
Lori Belilove, Indyah Childs, Tzveta Kassabova, Vendetta Mathea, Blakeley White-McGuire, Yin Yue

Friday, Jan. 19:
Dancewave, Maggie Donlon, Sophie Laplane, Kimi Nikaidoh, Sivan Peled, Jenny Rocha, Amy Saunder, Judy Yiu

Saturday, Jan. 20:
Nell Breyer, Dagmar Dachauer, Kesha McKey, Ella Mesma, Katie Scherman, Soles of Duende, Dominique Terrell

View the 2018 Women In Dance Leadership Conference digital program

Each night is different! All performances are free and open to the public. Conference registrants will have priority entry and should arrive by 7:45pm. Please visit womenindance.com for conference registration.

 

 

Photo: Zach Marks
Photo: Zach Marks

Jessica DiMauro/DiMauro Dance

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

Jessica DiMauro/DiMauro Dance presents I’m not done yet., a physical commentary on time, resistance, and womanhood. With this new work, DiMauro contemplates time and circumstance as driving, divisive, emotion-evoking, strength-building forces, asking:

How does timing dictate our lives? What happens when one tries to control time or the resulting actions of others? What role does time play in our personal decisions? How much control do we have over our circumstances?

Writes DiMauro, “As a woman, time is not kind. Pressure to aesthetically reverse time, hit certain life moments before a certain age, be validated by normalcy in our life’s timing exists as a pressure cooker. How do these supposed legitimizing landmarks impose ideas on what womanhood should be defined as? How do the pressures of a ticking clock or rapidly disappearing calendar manifest in physicality?”

Live music accompanies the work and will be both composed and improvisational.

Dancers: Davon Chance, Jessica DiMauro, Crystal Lynn Rodriguez, Najee Stephenson, Alexandra Williamson
Featuring live music by: Zach Marks
Lighting Designer: David Lovett

This program has been made possible in part through the sponsorship of The Field. 

Jessica DiMauro, a New York native, is a modern dance choreographer invested in creating work that is rich in physicality and deeply communicative. Ms. DiMauro holds an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University and a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. She has taught and choreographed works extensively for both professional and pre-professional dance companies in the greater NY area, as well as in New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida. Ms. DiMauro’s company, DiMauro Dance, has been selected to perform at numerous curated festivals including Dance Conversations at The Flea, WHITE WAVE’s WAVE RISING Series, COOL NY and DUMBO Dance Festivals, The T: Dance, Watch, Reflect, Greenspace Blooms, The HATCH presenting series, CT Meets NY, Queens Arts Express and New Dance Downtown. Ms. DiMauro was awarded an Arts Alive Artist Grant from ArtsWestchester for her work entitled com-mu-ni-ty. DiMauro Dance frequently performs as Guest Artists including the 2009 Annual Benefit for The Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation where Jessica currently has the pleasure of acting as Artistic Director and Producer, as well as receiving commissions for works in 2017, 2016, 2014, and 2004. Ms. DiMauro self-produced METROPOLIS at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center in March 2015, Unraveled at the Merce Cunningham Studio in 2011 and Confetti: A Collection of Works by Jessica DiMauro at The Producers’ Club Theaters in 2003. Her choreography was also seen at the 2004 International NYC Fringe Festival in Granola! The Musical at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. In the Fall of 2017, Jessica will set her thirteenth work on the BFA Dance students at Montclair State University where she is on faculty as a professor of Modern Technique. She will also act as Rehearsal Director for Stacey Tookey’s new work for the MSU dancers. She has also acted as the Rehearsal Director for Mark Morris’s Polka, Martha Graham’s Panorama, and Bill T. Jones’ work Spent Days Out Yonder. During the 2012-13 academic year she served as Rehearsal Director for the staging of Martha Graham’s Daughters of the Night; the Chorus from Night Journey, which was performed at the Joyce Theater in February 2013. In the Fall of 2015, Jessica’s work was performed by the BA candidates at Marymount Manhattan College.  In the summer of 2013, Ms. DiMauro was proud to be among the first few students to be certified in May O’Donnell Technique. Ms. DiMauro is a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, ACE-Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. www.dimaurodance.org

Photo: Hazuki Aikawa
Photo: Hazuki Aikawa

Mina Nishimura: Bladder Inn (and X, Y, Z, W)

Please arrive on time! There is no late seating for this performance.

Mina Nishimura’s Bladder Inn (and X, Y, Z, W) was created in conversation with an original text of the same title, developed by Nishimura with the intention of finding language evocative of internal landscapes.

Blurring the boundaries between inner and outer space, visible and invisible presences, and images and abstract forms, Bladder Inn (and X, Y, Z, W) hosts what Nishimura calls “a slippery journey and fleeting fantasy of wandering bodies.”

The work invites both audiences and performers to consider peripheral spaces of architecture, perception, and sound specific to the architecture of St. Mark’s Church.

Performed by Mina Nishimura with Martita Abril, Jonathan Burkland, Lydia Chrisman, Samuel Hanson, Maho Ogawa, Ilana Stuelpner, and Niko Tsocanos

Music Composed by Masahiro Sugaya

Lighting Design by Kathy Kaufmann

Costumes by Kota Yamazaki

Satoshi Tsuchiyama, courtesy Kensaku Shinohara
Satoshi Tsuchiyama, courtesy Kensaku Shinohara

DraftWork: Lauren Bakst / Kensaku Shinohara

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.

Lauren Bakst is an artist and writer living in New York. She works in, with, and through dance, approaching the situation of performing as an object of inquiry. Lauren is working or has recently worked with effie bowen, Chanterelle Menashe Ribes, Laura Morrison, students at University of the Arts School of Dance, Ivo Dimchev, and Yuri Masnyj. She is an editor of the Movement Research Performance Journal. Lauren currently manages Private Collection, a personally-motivated performance-archive.

Kensaku Shinohara is an artist who brings an education in anthropology to bear on his work as a choreographer/performer. He is extremely curious about nonverbal communication and the ways individuals express values and exercise boundaries. Based in NYC since 2009, his works have been performed in USA, Canada, Malaysia, and Taiwan. Shinohara is a 2017/18 Harkness Dance Center AIR, Exploring the Metropolis AIR, and has received grants from the Japan Foundation (2016) and Queens Arts Fund (2016).

Photo: Liz Charky
Photo: Liz Charky

Tatyana Tenenbaum: Untitled Work for Voice

*There is no late seating for this performance. Please arrive on time!*

Choreographer and composer Tatyana Tenenbaum explores the phenomenal space of the singing body. Untitled Work for Voice is a backstage musical; a show about a show whose production is never seen in completion. Five performers breathe sound and form into space, causing histories and narratives to appear and rupture. Singing bodies give way to vibration, unraveling the tightly choreographed music of American desire.

Tenenbaum asks: “If we are the inheritors of white America–with our interwoven histories of coercion, direct compliance, and passive complicity– then are we capable of embodying a narrative, which acknowledges genocide, enslavement, dominance and appropriation as a basis for everything we know? What would this feel and sound like? How can we implicate our cultural patterns of yearning, catharsis, and individualism in order to forge an illicit future? This multifaceted ‘theater of the singing body’ searches for a new expressive landscape for body and voice.”

Created and performed by Marisa ClementiPareena Lim, Emily Moore, Jules Skloot and Tatyana Tenenbaum
Costume Design by Claire Fleury
Lighting Design by Kathy Kaufmann

Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches, and Downtown Dance catalogue designed by Raja Feather Kelly.
Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches, and Downtown Dance catalogue designed by Raja Feather Kelly.

Platform 2018 Opening Event

Co-presented by Danspace Project and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

All are invited to the public opening of Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches, and Downtown Dance (Platform 2018)! This opening event will take place in the historic Great Hall at The Cooper Union—the same auditorium where Abraham Lincoln made his famous speech against the expansion of slavery.

On this occasion Danspace celebrates the release of its 12th Platform catalogue with words, movement, and song featuring Platform 2018 curator, choreographer Reggie Wilson, and other participants to be announced.

In the accompanying catalogue for Platform 2018, historical research, personal testimony, original artwork, interviews, and historic photographs uncover the intersecting ways places of worship have shaped religious, African Diasporic, and postmodern dance practices over past centuries. Contributors include Lauren Bakst, Lydia Bell, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Keely Garfield, Judy Hussie-Taylor, Darrell Jones, Prathibha Kanakamedala, Kelly Kivland, Cynthia Oliver, Carl Paris, Same As Sister (Hilary Brown and Briana Brown-Tipley), Radhika Subramanium, Kamau Ware, Ni’Ja Whitson, Tara Aisha Willis, and Reggie Wilson.

The catalogue, designed by Raja Feather Kelly, echoes Reggie Wilson’s choreographic logic and research methodology that reflect the complexity of time, space, and movement across the African Diaspora.

The event is free and open to the public.

Image: Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. "Plate 41: Map bounded by Fourth Avenue, East 12th Street, Second Avenue, Fifth Street; Including Bowery, Third Avenue, Sixth Street, Seventh Street, Eighth Street (St.Mark's Place), Astor Place, Stuyvesant Street, East Ninth Street, East 10th Street, East 11th Street" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/5e66b3e8-77fd-d471-e040-e00a180654d7
Image: Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. "Plate 41: Map bounded by Fourth Avenue, East 12th Street, Second Avenue, Fifth Street; Including Bowery, Third Avenue, Sixth Street, Seventh Street, Eighth Street (St.Mark's Place), Astor Place, Stuyvesant Street, East Ninth Street, East 10th Street, East 11th Street" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/5e66b3e8-77fd-d471-e040-e00a180654d7

Walking Tour #1: East Village with Cynthia Copeland (Platform 2018)

Platform 2018 considers the cultural, dance, and architectural histories of the many peoples who’ve inhabited downtown NYC and beyond. Each week the Platform will feature a commissioned walking tour led by an artist or scholar. Space is limited! RSVP is required.

Cynthia Copeland is a public historian and interpretive specialist focused on Afro-American, American, urban, and museum studies. She is president of the Institute for the Exploration of Seneca Village History. This tour will focus on Copeland’s perspective as an historian, East Village resident, and a parishioner of St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery.

Danspace Project will confirm exact meeting location for the tour approximately one week in advance.