Events – Danspace Project
Jordan Morley. Photo: Andrew Jordan.
Anna Kroll & Stuart Shugg. Photo: Alexander Ging.

DraftWork: Anna Kroll & Stuart Shugg / Jordan Morley

Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal 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. This weekend’s moderator will be Danspace Project Development Associate, Seta Morton.

Stuart Shugg graduated in 2008 from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia. In Australia he has worked extensively with Russell Dumas’ Dance Exchange and Linda Sastradipradja. He has also appeared in the works of Lucy Guerin, Philip Adams, and Antony Hamilton. In NYC, Stuart has worked with Jon Kinzel and Jodi Melnick, and was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2011 to 2016. He has presented his own choreographic work in NYC at the Centre for Performance Research, Gibney Dance Centre, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, in Montevideo, Uruguay at Teatro Solis, and in Melbourne, Australia at The SUBSTATION and Monash University’s Museum of Modern Art. Recently he graduated as an MFA in Dance Teaching Fellow from Bennington College, and currently teaches dance technique classes at Sarah Lawrence College and Rutgers University. stuartshugg.com

Anna Kroll is an artist whose work incorporates dance, installations, Instagram feeds, livestreams, flip books, writing, and audio experiences in an exploration of performance and technology. Kroll’s work has been shown at Cocoon Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY as well as Philadelphia, PA at theaters, parks and subway underpasses and in the Digital Fringe portion of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. After receiving her BFA in dance and digital art in 2014, Kroll returned to Bennington College as Digital Arts Technical Instructor in Spring 2017. She is a proud alum of the Headlong Performance Institute.

Jordan Morley is a skinny man with a wide imagination. He works in the field of the body. Creating performance through dance, video, text and puppetry. His work has been shown at various venues. Highlights include REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA), Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York, NY), Abrons Art Center, (New York, NY), STUFFED at Judson Church/Bailout Theater (New York, NY), Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn, NY), The Museum of Moving image(Queens,NY), The Detroit Institute of the Arts(Detroit, MI), and Uferstudios (Berlin, DE). He is a recipient of a New Music USA grant with composer John Glover for their work “Snow”. As a dancer he was a member of the original cast of Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More (Boston,MA/New York,NY), and has worked with Kyle Abraham/Abraham In Motion, The Bang Group, Keely Garfield, Christopher Williams Dance, Ron De Jesus Dance, Wanda Gala, Mira Kingsley, Jessica Mitrani, Phantom Limb Puppet Company, and Danielle Desnoyers (Montreal,QC). Currently he is working with Tiffany Mills Company. www.jordanmorley.com

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

Photo: Pascal Lemaitre

Emily Coates & Josiah McElheny / Emmanuéle Phuon: A Shared Evening

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

Emily Coates and Emmanuèle Phuon share an evening of new work. The two choreographers share aesthetic lineages, through working with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project and Yvonne Rainer.

Emmanuèle Phuon’s Bits & Pieces (Choreographic Donations) looks backward and inward, narrating her personal journey through dance via Cambodia, France, New York, and Brussels with the help of 5 choreographers: Patricia Hoffbauer, David Thomson, Elisa Monte, Yvonne Rainer, and Vincent Dunoyer. Their choreographic donations intersect in an eclectic collage of sounds, dances, childhood wounds, anecdotes, and memories from Phnom Penh to New York, with an open return.

A History of Light, Emily Coates’ new project with MacArthur recipient Josiah McElheny, looks backward and outward: tracing a history of light, by intertwining dance aesthetics and scientific knowledge, and the unique history of the universe through the stories of women who have pushed art, science, and technology ahead. Twentieth century cultural and scientific references inform the work’s content and form.

Bits & Pieces (Choreographic Donations)
Concept: Emmanuèle Phuon
Performed by: Emmanuèle Phuon, Zai Tang
Dramaturgy and Direction: Vincent Dunoyer
Choreography: Vincent Dunoyer, Patricia Hoffbauer, Elisa Monte, Emmanuèle Phuon, Yvonne Rainer, David Thomson.
Sound Design: Zai Tang
Lighting Design: Carol Mullins

A History of Light
Conceived and Created by: Emily Coates & Josiah McElheny
Performed by: Emily Coates & Sarah Demers
Music Direction and Composition: Will Orzo
Lighting Design: Carol Mullins

Photo: Sigel Eschkol

Christine Bonansea: OnlyHuman

Community ACCESS provides subsidized off-season rental opportunities for Danspace Project community members.

OnlyHuman is a solo inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s aphoristic volume Human, All Too Human. Christine Bonansea investigates the stark contradiction between humankind’s capacity for freedom and beauty against its most destructive and illogical behaviors.

Created in collaboration with the artists Robert Flynt, Yoann Trellu, and Nicole Carroll, this highly kinetic and virtuosic dance is a meditation on bodily images and stereotypes of self in the context of the environment – geography, emotions, social structure.

Concept / Choreography / Performance: Christine Bonansea
Solo performer: Mei Yamanaka
Dancer performers: Alvaro Estado, Maya Orchin, Becca Loevy, Amelia Heintzelman, Ichi Go, Cameron Mckinney,  Charles Gowin, Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal, Malcolm Betts
Original Music Composition / Performance: Nicole Carroll
Lighting Design: Solomon Weisbard
Photography: Robert Flynt
Graphic Programming/ video: Yoann Trellu
Publicity: PR-ism.nyc | Kamila Slawinski & Ivan Talijancic

Christine Bonansea is a US-European dancer and choreographer with 17 years of international experience in conceiving, directing/choreographing and performing movement-based works. She creates performances, installations, and films. She is the Artistic director of Christine Bonansea Company, founded in 2010. Defined by expressive, virtuosic, improvisation-driven movement, her work inhabits an experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative environment in which other media – theater, video, visual art and design, spoken word, and music – play an important and integral part. Having studied Modern Literature at Paris’ La Sorbonne, she cites writers and philosophers as major influences.

Bonansea received the french national graduation in contemporary dance and studied dance with such luminaries as Regine Chopinot, Catherine Diverres, Mathilde Monnier, Ralph Lemon, Anna Halprin, Nancy Stark Smith. She’s also an accomplished dance teacher in both professional performative and therapeutic setting.

She collaborated and performed with internationally artists such as, Nita Little, Katie Duck, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Sara Shelton Mann, Faustin Linyekula, Tino Sehgal, Yoshiko Chuma.

In New York City, Bonansea’s work has been presented by Danspace Project, Dixon Place, movement research at the Judson Church, JACK. Her dances have also been developed in art residencies and commissioned by numerous venues and festivals worldwide, including YBCA, ODC Theater, San Francisco International Arts Festival, and The FRESH Festival (San Francisco); Headwater Theater (Portland); Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida); Earthdance (MA), Artscape (Toronto); Whenever Wherever Festival (Tokyo); The Centre Nationale De la Danse(Paris) and at DOCK11 (Berlin).

Christine Bonansea Company has been supported by funds from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, American Dance Abroad, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Theater Bay Area the LAD-Dancer’s Group, DOCK11 – Berlin (home artist – 2013-2019), the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Creative Engagement / Creative Learning, sponsored by New York Live Arts – NYC.

Martita Abril and Drew Devero-Belfon in “mayday heyday parfait” by Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik/The Commons Choir at Movement Research Festival Fall 2017: invisible material Co-curated by Jonathan Gonzalez, Zavé Martohardjono, and EmmaGrace Skove-Epes, Danspace Project. Photo: Ryutaro Mishima.

Movement Research Festival Fall 2018

Admission for Thursday night’s performance is $10 suggested donation at the door!

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.

The Movement Research Festival Fall 2018 will feature acclaimed experimentalists, highlighting and juxtaposing their varied investigations into the artistic currents of dance and performance. The Festival will also include additional events during the week of November 26 – December 2, as well as workshops taught by Festival artists.

Movement Research is one of the world’s leading laboratories for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms. Valuing the individual artist, their creative process and their vital role within society, Movement Research is dedicated to the creation and implementation of free and low-cost programs that nurture and instigate discourse and experimentation. Movement Research strives to reflect the cultural, political and economic diversity of its moving community, including artists and audiences alike.

Photo: Ian Douglas

Skeleton Architecture: Workshop #1

Open to Black identified folks ONLY, Skeleton Architecture will share practices that support collecting and centering in solidarity.

The Skeleton Architecture collective, the 2017 Bessie recipients for “Outstanding Performance,” originated through Eva Yaa Asantewaa’s curated evening during Danspace Project’s Platform 2016: Lost & Found. The collective is a vessel of Black womyn and gender non-conforming artists rooted in the rigor and power of the collective in practice. They commit to engaging embodied research to support the African Diasporic experiences. Join Skeleton Architecture for the culmination of their year-long Danspace Project Research Residency. There will be three offerings that include improvisation, movement, fellowship, music, and discussion.

Skeleton Architecture members are: Maria Bauman, Davalois Fearon, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Melanie Greene, Kayla Hamilton, Jasmine Hearn, Marguerite Hemmings, Nia Love, Paloma McGregor, Sydnie L. Mosley, Grace Osborne, Leslie Parker, Angie Pittman, Samantha Speis, Charmaine Warren, Edisa Weeks, Marýa Wethers, and Tara Aisha Willis.

Reserve your spot online and pay at the door — $5-10 sliding scale. Cash only, please!

Photo: Ian Douglas

Skeleton Architecture: Workshop #2

Open to all, this workshop offers a space to share Skeleton Architecture’s practices around improvisation, dance, and community.

The Skeleton Architecture collective, the 2017 Bessie recipients for “Outstanding Performance,” originated through Eva Yaa Asantewaa’s curated evening during Danspace Project’s Platform 2016: Lost & Found. The collective is a vessel of Black womyn and gender non-conforming artists rooted in the rigor and power of the collective in practice. They commit to engaging embodied research to support the African Diasporic experiences. Join Skeleton Architecture for the culmination of their year-long Danspace Project Research Residency. There will be three offerings that include improvisation, movement, fellowship, music, and discussion.

Skeleton Architecture members are: Maria Bauman, Davalois Fearon, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Melanie Greene, Kayla Hamilton, Jasmine Hearn, Marguerite Hemmings, Nia Love, Paloma McGregor, Sydnie L. Mosley, Grace Osborne, Leslie Parker, Angie Pittman, Samantha Speis, Charmaine Warren, Edisa Weeks, Marýa Wethers, and Tara Aisha Willis.

Reserve your spot online and pay at the door — $5-10 sliding scale. Cash only, please!

Photo: Ian Douglas

Skeleton Architecture: An Evening of Performance

On this special evening, Skeleton Architecture will share a performance that emphasizes the collaborative process and highlights the power of Black womyn within community. This sharing imagines and activates a site of InterSections – a crossroads, a place of high-stakes, risks and magic — through improvisation, dance, song, text, and spirit. Open to all.

The Skeleton Architecture collective, the 2017 Bessie recipients for “Outstanding Performance,” originated through Eva Yaa Asantewaa’s curated evening during Danspace Project’s Platform 2016: Lost & Found. The collective is a vessel of Black womyn and gender non-conforming artists rooted in the rigor and power of the collective in practice. They commit to engaging embodied research to support the African Diasporic experiences. Join Skeleton Architecture for the culmination of their year-long Danspace Project Research Residency. There will be three offerings that include improvisation, movement, fellowship, music, and discussion.

Skeleton Architecture members are: Maria Bauman, Davalois Fearon, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Melanie Greene, Kayla Hamilton, Jasmine Hearn, Marguerite Hemmings, Nia Love, Paloma McGregor, Sydnie L. Mosley, Grace Osborne, Leslie Parker, Angie Pittman, Samantha Speis, Charmaine Warren, Edisa Weeks, Marýa Wethers, and Tara Aisha Willis.

Photo: Nomi H. Rave

Valerie Green/Dance Entropy: Utopia

Community ACCESS provides subsidized off-season rental opportunities for Danspace Project community members.

What does Utopia mean to you? Is it a physical, external place—or, might it reside internally? Valerie Green/Dance Entropy, in collaboration with visual artist Keren Anavy, explores the idea of Utopia through dance and visual art in her newest evening-length work.

Green questions whether Utopia might be an internal place, investigated through personal and intimate moments and alongside the community. The notion of what it means to be safe persists inside an environment that is continually built and deconstructed. Anavy’s artwork displays on 10-foot cylindrical pillars used by the dancers throughout the piece.

Click here to watch a trailer for Utopia

Choreography by Valerie Green
Concept by Keren Anavy and Valerie Green
Visual Art by Keren Anavy
Performed by Emily Elizabeth Aiken, Daan Bootsma, Caitlyn Casson, Hana Ginsburg Tirosh, Erin Giordano, Kristin Licata, and Richard Scandola
Music by Mark Katsaounis
Additional vocals by Katie Mullins
Lighting design by Kathy Kaufmann
Costumes by Deborah Erenberg

 

Founded in 1998, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy believes in humanizing movement, both in Ms. Green’s critically acclaimed choreographic work and the company’s mission to plant creative seeds in communities across the world. Intersecting mortal and transcendent, sensual and sophisticated, visceral and self-aware, VG/DE invites the artist, the audience—the human—into a compelling, physical experience. Based out of its home studio, Green Space in Queens, NY, VG/DE combines performance and specialized outreach programs to inspire communities in cultural institutions throughout the word.

Keren Anavy is a NYC based visual artist who explores the dynamic relationships between nature, culture and site. Challenging the boundaries of painting and drawing as a form of installation, her settings examine broader social contexts through a diversity of imagery, materials and architecture. Anavy’s practice offers a platform for questioning our environments by creating immersive installations, places that often appear to be fantastic. She is interested in how cultivated landscape as well as wild nature can function as cultural agents in Eastern and Western societies. www.kerenanavy.com