Events – Danspace Project
Photo: Elbert Mills
Photo: Elbert Mills

Community ACCESS: Valerie Green/Dance Entropy

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

Impermanent Landscape, a new dance choreographed by Valerie Green, is inspired by the ideas of cubism, perspective, perception, and impermanence.

Breaking the fourth wall and moving choreography outside of the traditional stage and audience formats, Impermanent Landscape features the geometry and architecture of overlapping bodies, creating its own personal landscape.

This work is part of a ongoing project centered on the concept of changing the external environment to shift the perception and context of how one views the work. Each performance of Impermanent Landscape is uniquely sculpted to each individual venue and has been performed at Queens Museum, The Flux Factory, Dorsky Gallery, The Farm Project, and Green Space

Performed by Emily Aiken, Caitlyn Casson, Erin Giordano, Frank Leone, Kristin Licata, Jonathan Matthews, Richard J. Scandola, and Hana Ginsburg Tirosh
Music by Martyn Axe
Costumes by Valerie Green
Lighting by Joe Levasseur
Text by Stephanie Davis, written in response to the work
Fragile City Visual Art by Priscilla Stadler

Dance Entropy is a professional not-for-profit modern dance company founded in 1998. The company performs in NYC, tours and teaches both domestically and abroad, while featuring a multi-ethnic cast of 8 talented dancers. Dance Entropy supports the vision of Artistic Director Valerie Green, who creates stage and site-specific work. A significant part of the company’s mission is to use creation, performance, and education in locations and communities where the content of the work will have the greatest impact. The company created their home studio, Green Space in LIC, Queens in 2005. Green Space serves the dance community by providing an affordable and welcoming environment for rehearsals, classes, and performances.

Valerie Green has been an active dancer, choreographer and teacher in the New York City dance community since 1995. She created her own company, Dance Entropy in 1998, adding a permanent company home in 2005 called Green Space. To date Ms. Green has created 28 dances and 8 evening length works. Her choreography has been seen throughout NYC and has also toured to various venues throughout the US. Internationally she has taught and performed in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Austria, France, Italy, Greece, Russia, India, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Croatia, Albania, Guatamala and Canada. As a guest artist, Valerie has received commissions from Texas State University, BITEF Theater in Belgrade, Serbia, and Theater Alternativa in Tirana, Albania. She has also taught at the UNLV, Texas State, LaGuardia Community College, University of Nanterre, France, and at the Faculty of Drama & Art in Belgrade, Serbia and Sarajevo, Bosnia. Valerie’s choreographic work and teaching style is influenced by her formative years working with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, her certification in Body/Mind Fitness and her undergraduate work at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Impermanent Landscape was created, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and The Mertz Gilmore Foundation Late-Stage Production Stipend.

Josiah McElheny, Proposal for Prismatic Park, 2014. Wood, steel, and prismatic glass, 32 feet diameter (floor); Collection of the artist. © Josiah McElheny.
Josiah McElheny, Proposal for Prismatic Park, 2014. Wood, steel, and prismatic glass, 32 feet diameter (floor); Collection of the artist. © Josiah McElheny.

Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park: Jodi Melnick, Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Riener, Netta Yerushalmy

Danspace Project has been invited by artist and MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipient, Josiah McElheny, to participate in Madison Square Park Conservancy’s thirty-fourth exhibition, Prismatic Park.

Danspace Executive Director & Chief Curator, Judy Hussie-Taylor, has invited four dance artists to “inhabit” the Park to realize new commissions throughout the exhibition.

The project features three large sculptures of painted wood and prismatic glass on view in Madison Square Park from June 13, 2017 through October 8, 2017. The resident artists will create ambitious new work that summons the potential for imagination, creativity, and performance inspired by spontaneous audiences and chance encounters.

Danspace Project’s resident artists and dates are as follows:
Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener: June 20-25, 2017; June 27-July 2, 2017
Netta Yerushalmy: August 1-6, 2017; August 8-13, 2017
Jodi Melnick: September 12-17, 2017; September 19-24, 2017

More information: https://www.madisonsquarepark.org/mad-sq-art/mad-sq-art-josiah-mcelheny

Photo: Mark Kornbluth
Photo: Mark Kornbluth
Photo: Mark Kornbluth

SlowDancing/TrioA

SlowDancing/TrioA is a new video installation by artist, David Michalek, in collaboration with choreographer, Yvonne Rainer. It seeks to create an unusual motion picture record of Rainer’s iconic dance-work, Trio A (1966). Trio A has become an emblem of Rainer’s work of the 1960s, wherein she famously transformed the dancing body—stripped it of special techniques and star status, traded its costumes and leotards for T-shirts and sneakers. Trio A presents a steady stream of unique motions performed without a pause.

To create SlowDancing/TrioA, the roughly five-minute dance has been divided into 46 seven-second sections. Yvonne Rainer and Raindears company member, Pat Catterson, cast 46 dancers—many original to Trio A, and many of the younger featured dancers, their students—to perform the parts in sequence on a specially-constructed set designed for high-speed, high-definition. The end result, to be screened inside of Danspace Project’s sanctuary will feature a single film that shows the whole of Trio A, from start to finish, performed by 46 different people.

What do you think? Share your experiences of SlowDancing/TrioA in short inquiry-based conversations led by Danspace Project Board and staff. Conversation dates and times are noted below next to installation viewing times below!

Installation viewing times:
Friday, June 23, 6-10PM (6:30PM: conversation led by Hilary Easton, choreographer and Danspace Project Board Member)
Saturday, June 24, 6-10PM (6:30PM: conversation led by Peggy Cheng, Director of Development)
Monday, June 26, 6-10PM
Tuesday, June 27, 6-10PM (6:30PM: conversation led by Lydia Bell, Program Director)
Thursday, June 29, 6-10PM (6:30PM: conversation led by Judy Hussie-Taylor, Executive Director and Chief Curator)
Friday, June 30, 6-10PM
Saturday, July 1, 6-10PM

About the Artist

Dancers include: Brittany Bailey, Patricia Beaman, Alexandra Berger, Siobhan Burke, Pat Catterson, Emily Coates, Robbie Cook, Caroline Copeland, John Erdman, Patrick Gallagher, Thyrza Goodeve, Peggy Gould, Sarah Haarmann, Patricia Hoffbauer, Irene Hultman, Gina Ianni, Jill Johnson, Simon Leung, Abigail Levine, Jodi Melnick, Elliot Mercer, Tess Montoya, Elisabeth Motley, Richard Move, Adele Nickel, Wendy Perron, Stephen Petronio, Manou Phuon, Joey Picciotto, Francisca Quintanilla, Yvonne Rainer, Maia Ramnath, Keith Sabado, Jade Salzano, Shelley Senter, Charlotte Stout, Macy Sullivan, Michou Szabo, David Thomson, Joshua Tuason, Damani Van Rensalier, Isabelle Vergara, Debra Wanner, Timothy Ward, Wendy Whelan, Megan Wright