Events – Danspace Project

Lily Gold: Good Mud

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

Lily Gold’s Good Mud investigates the relationship of materiality and temporality. It follows a fascination with the transmutable nature of that which can and cannot be touched. Writes Gold,

“Paper bowers dissolve into mythic broth for the hunters who look not for answers, but seek significance and the lowest common denominator of chaos and order. By relentlessly assigning and reassigning value it ponders the connection between the arbitrary and the sacred. In the room of Good Mud, energetic remains of what came before roam alongside live bodies, voices, and homemade objects. To the left there is a small desert wearing a caravan. It knows that medicine must be survived before it can save. It honors darkness as a resource. It billows as we slither around laughing ourselves into the muck, marveling at the absurdity of our own form, and asking, to whom does this joy belong?”

Good Mud is a dance by Lily Gold, in collaboration with the performers Asli Bulbul, Eleanor Hullihan, Madison Krekel, and Alice MacDonald.  Sound design by James Jolliff and Lily Gold. Lighting design by Elliott Jenetopulos.

Lily Gold is a 2015-2016 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. Her work has shown through Chez Bushwick presents at Center for Performance Research (GRAB, 2012), Danspace Project’s Draftwork series (TOWER OF COLLAR AND SEA, 2012), Dixon Place’s Brink series (OF SUN, 2013), AUNTS at Arts@Renaissance (PLANT CROW NO NO, 2013), Movement Research Spring Festival at Issue Project Room (FALLOW, 2014) and Fall Festival at Danspace Project (GRAB excerpt, 2016), AUNTS at Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (CIRRUS AND SPEAR, 2016), and Movement Research at Judson Church (GUT GROUNDS, 2016). Her choreographic process has been influenced by artists she’s worked with as a performer, including Vanessa Anspaugh, Strauss Bourque-LaFrance, Faye Driscoll, Andrea Geyer, Tere O’Connor, Steven Reker, Jen Rosenblit, Vicky Shick, and Larissa Velez-Jackson among others. Lily studied dance and photography at Hampshire College. She also makes paintings and experimental short films. Good Mud is Lily’s first evening length dance.

Photo: Corey Melton

DraftWork: Candace Thompson / Tara Aisha Willis

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 and this afternoon’s guest moderator, Ali Rosa-Salas.

Candace Thompson, a Trinidad and Tobago native, is a dancer, choreographer and certified fitness professional specializing in personal training and corrective exercise. She is the beauty and brains behind CanDanceFit, Artistic Director of ContempoCaribe and Founding Executive Director of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE. Her dance training is extensive, beginning in Trinidad and Tobago, where she received instruction in modern dance and ballet, at La Danse Caraibe under Heather Henderson-Gordon. She is a graduate of Adelphi University’s BFA in Dance with the Ruth St. Denis Award for excellence from the dance department, and has gone on to work in various dance styles including Afro-Caribbean, Classical Modern, Modern/Contemporary, Contemporary Floor Technique, Jazz, Soca and West African. CanDanceFit, a personal training, corrective exercise and movement instruction entity, serves clients and studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn, conveniently bringing holistic fitness, exercise, dance and movement programs to fitness enthusiasts short on time, but big on quality and studios delivering high quality training. Additionally, Candace has extended experience in the Gyrotonic Expansion system, Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals, Myofascial Release and in Ballet, Horton, Dunham, Graham, Soca and Afro-Caribbean Dance Techniques. CanDanceFit merges the benefits of dance training with fitness and personal training strategies to serve both the average individual and the budding to professional performer. Currently, Candace does in-home training for clients in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and teaches Soca and Modern Dance at Mark Morris Dance Center and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Candace produces her own dance work under two umbrellas: ContempoCaribe and Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE. ContempoCaribe is a choreography and performance project creating art that embodies the plurality of experiences within the Caribbean Diaspora. ContempoCaribe’s work has been performed at Dance Caribbean Collective’s New Traditions Festival, COCO Dance Festival (Trinidad), Dancing While Black:jumpin fences, Dance Enthusiast’s Moving Caribbean in NYC among others. Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE is a collaborative and organising body, creating platforms for artists developing work from a Caribbean perspective, to show their work within the local diaspora community in NYC. DCC produces a season of events leading up to the annual New Traditions Festival. As a performer, Candace is attracted to dance work that is challenging both physically and emotionally, and is especially motivated to dance the stories of the Caribbean and its Diaspora. Her performing experience spans two regions: Trinidad and Tobago and North America. Other accomplishments include being invited to the inaugural Dancing While Black Fellowship Cohort 2015/2016 and being an honored Alumna for Adelphi University’s 2016/2017 10 Under 10 program for young alumni, who have achieved exceptional career accomplishments before celebrating their 10-year reunion.

Tara Aisha Willis is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at NYU. Currently Women & Performance’s performance reviews editor, she has served as TDR’s co-managing editor, and co-edited, with Thomas F. DeFrantz, an issue of The Black Scholar on black dance studies (2016). Additional writings appear in Movement Research Performance Journal, The Brooklyn Rail, and Magazin im August. As Movement Research’s Program Advisor, she coordinates diversity initiatives, including the Artists of Color Council, and programs their discursive Studies Project series. She is currently dancing in a collaboration between Will Rawls and Claudia Rankine, as well as in works by Ivy Baldwin, Kim Brandt, and Yanira Castro. She recently was dramaturg on an in-process collaboration between Ni’Ja Whitson and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko. Her choreography has been shown at Movement Research at Judson Church, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Roulette, THROW, Dixon Place, The Painting Center, AUNTS, the CURRENT SESSIONS, and CPR. She was a 2009 Dance Theater Workshop Van Lier Fellow and a 2016 Chez Bushwick Artist in Residence.


Danspace Project Gala 2017 Honoring Rebel Angels: Douglas Crimp, Ishmael Houston-Jones, and Lucy Sexton

Danspace Project’s Gala 2017 honors Rebel Angels Douglas Crimp, Ishmael Houston-Jones, and Lucy Sexton for their three-decade commitment to dance, art, activism, and moving the culture forward.

Introductory remarks by
Tanya Barfield, Thomas J. LaxRalph Lemon, and Lori E. Seid.

Performances by ​
Morgan Bassichis
Laurie Berg and Friends
Raja Feather Kelly as DRELLA
Meredith Monk
the duet choreographed by Reggie Wilson and performed by Paul Hamilton and Raja Feather Kelly
Excerpt from Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd, directed by Ishmael Houston-Jones and Miguel Gutierrez in collaboration with Jennifer Monson and Nick Hallett (originally presented this fall as part of Danspace Project’s Platform 2016: Lost & Found)​
and more to be announced

Performance-only tickets are available!

6:00P.M. Garden Reception
7:00P.M. Welcome & Dinner
8:30P.M. Performances

Individual Dinner Tickets at $300/$500
Performance Tickets at $75

Tables for 10 people are available starting at $3,000. Please contact Peggy Cheng at for more information.

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Paddle8 Silent Art Auction
featuring works and experiences by Nicole Eisenman, Robert Flynt, Mimi Gross, Sharon Hayes, Judd Foundation, John Kelly, Zoe Leonard, Dona Ann McAdams, Josiah McElheny, Ryan McNamara and Jen Rosenblit, Jim R. Moore, New Museum, Philip Trager, and Tseng Kwong Chi

Auction opens April 11th
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