Photo: Tom Brazil

Photo: Tom Brazil

Susan Rethorst: Retro(intro)spective

Beau Regard (1989)

June 2-4, 2011
Thursday-Saturday at 8:00PM
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Made in 1989, Beau Regard came from influences as diverse as children’s literature and an interest in asking what dancing in the third person would look like.

Says Rethorst: “I began thinking about dance as a moving painting —a flat plane, two dimensional, its dancers passive in their ‘looked at’ state — also two dimensional. Of course they can look out —‘return the gaze’ —from the interiority of the dance, but in what other ways can they be three dimensional? Related to this, I began thinking about what kind of dancing would invite a sense of referentiality — could movement make us see a difference between ‘I am dancing’ and ‘she is dancing’? These questions combined with rereadings of Mary Poppins, C.S. Lewis and George Macdonald as I became interested in creating made up worlds; in dance that resembles story and dancers who resemble characters...In making Beau Regard, I moved out from my sparse and austere period into a relatively lush use of movement and music."

This performance of Beau Regard contains the famous "spoon duet", which will be danced by Rebecca Brooks and Vicky Shick, with music by Gustav Mahler.

Additional music by Peter, Paul, and Mary; Frédéric Chopin; and a commissioned piece by Bill Ruyle. Dancers include Benjamin Ford Asriel, Rebecca Brooks, Naomi Fall, Neil Greenberg, Jon Kinzel, Jodi Melnick, Iréne Hultman Monti and Vicky Shick.

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Funding Credit
PLATFORM 2011 Susan Rethorst: Retro(intro)spective is supported, in part, by Danspace Project’s 2010-2011 Commissioning Initiative with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This PLATFORM series, as a part of the Choreographic Center Without Walls (CW2), receives lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.