Community ACCESS: Valerie Green/Dance Entropy – Danspace Project
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Community ACCESS: Valerie Green/Dance Entropy

Photo: Elbert Mills
Photo: Elbert Mills

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.