Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd – Danspace Project
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Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd

Photo: Ian Douglas
Photo: Ian Douglas

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).

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