Category Archives: dances

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

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

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)

140708_IllDanceWhileYoureDacningandWeWillHaveDancedTogether_WhitneyBrowne-0072 Whitney Browne

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

Washashore

130709_washashore_fleetmoves_whitneybrowne-4377 Whitney Browne

Washashore was created during Fleet Moves Dance Festival at White Crest Beach. Using movement as a mode of inquiry, we researched generations of activity on the dunes—bodies searching, embracing, and slipping, and waiting—and layered the results together. Unfolding somewhere between timelessness … Continue reading

Four Mile

Still_from_Four_Mile_Katie Zena Bibler

Wide expanses of cement, sky, and sand hold histories of the figures that traverse them. Created in collaboration with Katie Schetlick in Wellfleet, MA, 2013. Part of Dances Made to Order Edition #25. Screened at Outlet Dance Festival (2013) and Festival International … Continue reading

B Sides

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B sides, a performance project of the Movement Party, seeks both to hide what is obvious and to render visible what is hidden. As a playlist of alternatives, it is a series of performances in which each dance is impossible without … Continue reading