Author Archives: zena

six somewheres

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How can the senses (and how they are used) serve as the basic choreographic framework for a dance? I keep coming back to this question. six somewheres uses noticing as the starting point for dancing—what we pay attention to affects how we … Continue reading

Figure of Space

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Figure of Space is the latest episode in a series of improvised dances inspired by the format, structure, and contents of folktales. Working between pantomime and abstraction, between clarity and complexity, between being “on” and being “in,” Figure of Space … Continue reading

Yarn

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How can I be specific without knowing what will happen next? What is the difference in sensation between telling and listening? Yarn is a nonlinear folktale, improvised in relationship to the audience, the space, and the characters that emerge. Created for Hi, … Continue reading

Shoal (seal ballet)

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I am a man upon the land, I am a silkie in the sea, And when I’m far frae every strand, My home it is in Sule Skerry.” “It was na weel”, the maiden cried, “It was na weel, indeed” … Continue reading

Shoal (duet dinner)

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Shoal considers ideas of modern folklore through the centuries-old legend of the selkies. Made possible through a residency at the Domestic Performance Agency, Shoal benefited enormously from collaboration with Athena Kokoronis, who served a meal of seaweed, sticky rice, sardines, and … Continue reading

Fleet Moves Festival

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Fleet Moves 2015 Archive Fleet Moves 2014 Archive Fleet Moves 2013 Archive Fleet Moves 2012 Archive Presented by the Movement Party, in partnership with Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Fleet Moves features a team of visiting and local artists who converge for a program … Continue reading

Rote

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Rote is a series of performance scores that explore remembering as a generative act. Performed at Movement Research @ The Judson Church “I am my remembering self, and the experiencing self, who does my living, is like a stranger to me.” … Continue reading

Use Values: Re/Imagining Urban Waste

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Led by Zena Bibler, Katarina Jerinic, and Juliette Spertus Saturday May 2 1-4pm & Sunday May 10 1-4pm Island between exit 30 off the eastbound BQE and Classon + Flushing Avenues in Brooklyn Project log: http://usevalues.tumblr.com/ This two-part workshop takes place … Continue reading

Rounds

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Rounds is a dance for Wellfleet’s Long Pond. The result of slowly melting glacial leftovers, Long Pond’s sediments contain clues about the past lives of this well-loved landscape, in addition to indicating changes that are occurring presently—whether over the span of … Continue reading

…and We Will Have Danced Together (Wellfleet)

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I’ll Dance While You’re Dancing and We Will Have Danced Together, can best be summed up as a nonlinear game of (dance video) telephone. Using handheld technology, participating performers respond to each other’s movements across time and space. Each performer is instructed to create an … Continue reading

Versus Verses

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  Versus Verses is created from a series of interchangeable scores, solicited via email from friends, family, and collaborators. The scores are selected at random by the audience and placed within a pre-set structure for performance. What gives a dance its … Continue reading

…and We Will Have Danced Together (Lublin)

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I’ll Dance While You’re Dancing and We Will Have Danced Together, can best be summed up as a nonlinear game of (dance video) telephone. Using handheld technology, participating performers respond to each other’s movements across time and space. Each performer is instructed to create an … Continue reading