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

January 9, 8pm
January 11, 7pm
January 12, 7pm
January 13, 3pm & 7pm

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 SneedJudy Hussie-Taylor, and others to be announced.

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.

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
Musicians: Zach Marks (drums), Jimi Olimpieri (guitar)
Lighting Designer: David Lovett

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