Andy de Groat & Catherine Galasso: get dancing – Danspace Project
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Andy de Groat & Catherine Galasso: get dancing

Photo: Harry Sheppard, Frank Conversano, and Michael Kuhling in Andy de Groat's "get wreck," 1978, at Danspace Project © Lois Greenfield
Photo: Harry Sheppard, Frank Conversano, and Michael Kuhling in Andy de Groat's "get wreck," 1978, at Danspace Project © Lois Greenfield

**Advance tickets are sold out but riser seats WILL be available at the door each night!**

Catherine Galasso presents an evening of works by and in collaboration with choreographer Andy de Groat, as well as a new work inspired by him.

Andy de Groat’s choreography places spinning and pedestrian movement within a complex framework, presented with a keen sense of timing, phrasing and rhythm. This evening remounts de Groat’s fan dance (1978) which had its original premiere at Danspace Project in the years after its founding, and Rope Dance Translations (1975). Both works feature original music by Galasso’s father and frequent de Groat collaborator, Michael Galasso.

The program includes an inter-generational cast of contemporary downtown performers alongside original members of de Groat’s company. A study of aesthetic lineage that is part-tribute, part live-archive, part new work, this is an evening of dance history re-imagined, where research material is visible alongside a world premiere.

Rope Dance Translations, 1974/1979
Film by John Meaney and Andrew Horn, with original music by Michael Galasso on solo violin, featuring Robyn Brentano, Ritty Ann Burchfield, Frank Conversano, Charles Dennis and Andy de Groat.
Performance: Ritty Ann Burchfield, Frank Conversano, Charles Dennis and Buck Wanner

get wreck, 1978
Poem written by Christopher Knowles
Performed by: Christine Bonansea, Ritty Ann Burchfield*, Frank Conversano*, Charles Dennis*, Chris DeVita, Catherine Galasso, Kathryn Ray*, Alex Romania, Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal, Meg Weeks
Chorus: Jacob Burckhardt, Kirstin Kapustik, Christopher Knowles, Keith McDermott, Ghan Patel, Lillian Pickett, Satya Celeste Stainton, Saori Tsukada, Shelley Valfer

fan dance, 1978
Music by Michael Galasso
Performed by: Ritty Ann Burchfield*, Patrick Gallagher, Makram Hamdan**, Meg Harper, Kirstin Kapustik, Kathryn Ray*, Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal, Sarah Sandoval, Satya Celeste Stainton, Julia Vickers, Buck Wanner, Emily Wassyng, Meg Weeks

notes on de groat, 2015
Written and directed by Catherine Galasso
in collaboration with Chris DeVita, Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal and Meg Weeks.
Music by Michael Galasso, including pieces composed for Andy de Groat’s stabat (1990), and Iranian Suite (1975)

Swan Lac, 1982
Performed by: Patrick Gallagher, Austin Selden, Madeline Wilcox
Music: Talking Heads
This is an excerpt from de Groat’s evening length Swan Lac, which premiered in Aix-en-Provence in 1982, and was performed at Danspace Project in 1983 by de Groat, Viviane Serry, and Michael O’Rourke.

Lighting Design: Carol Mullins
Costume Design: Karen Boyer
Stage Manager: Martita Abril
Rehearsal Assistant, fan dance: Patrick Gallagher

*original cast, 1978 premiere at Danspace Project
**member of Andy de Groat’s company red notes in France from 1991-1995 and worked intermittently on projects with Andy from 1995-1999