My head is spinning–but in a good way, after watching dance artist Patricia Hoffbauer’s incredibly entertaining Para-Dice (Stage 2) at Danspace Project last Friday, the second installment of her performance lecture (Stage 1 was presented at Danspace in 2010).
Photo: Assisted Living: Good Sports 2 (2011) by Mathieu Malouf.
Renowned dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker, Yvonne Rainer, a seminal member of the highly influential avant-garde Judson Dance Theater of the 1960s, and improvisational dance collective Grand Union of the 1970s, brings three works to Danspace Project this week. Performances will include a reconstruction of a Judson-era work, We Shall Run, (1963) and the premiere of her latest work, Assisted Living: Do You Have Any Money?
Trained as a dancer in New York at the Martha Graham Dance School and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Rainer began to choreograph her own work in 1960. Much like other choreographers of her era, she sought to blur the line separating dancers from non-dancers. Her performances were based on a series of mundane tasks and day-to-day gestures like walking, running, lifting, etc. Her work, and time at Judson, began the birth of a movement that proved to be a vital force in modern dance in the following decades.
Grab a ride on the 14A and head “uptown” to Danspace Project, at St. Mark’s Church, for PLATFORM 2012: Parallels, the latest chapter in the acclaimed artist-as-curator series. This Platform marks the 30thanniversary of Ishmael Houston-Jones’ groundbreaking piece, Parallels. Houston-Jones, a leading downtown contemporary dance presence for over thirty years, originally presented Parallels at Danspace in 1982 with a stellar group of African-American choreographers who like himself, were creating a new post-modern “black dance…outside of the mainstream of traditional modern dance.”
Conceptual artist Mark Leckey will be at the Abrons Arts Center tonight through Saturday, with his piece, In the Long Tail
(2009). It is presented in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art’s Performance Exhibition Series. Leckey won last year's controversal Turner Prize, given annually to a British visual artist under fifty. In the Long Tail is part lecture, part monologue, part living sculpture. It considers 20th-century broadcasting and takes on the "long tail" theory
of Internet-based economics. Watch a new film by Mark on YouTube here.
Choreographer Trajal Harrell will be at The New Museum tonight and tomorrow with a piece from Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church. The project, co-presented with Danspace, is
the collective and shared title of five dances in five sizes: Extra
Small (XS), Small (S), Medium (M), Large (L), and Extra Large (XL),
choreographed by Trajal Harrell. In his own words, this new work
explores the question, “What would have happened in 1963 if someone
from the voguing ball scene in Harlem had come downtown to perform
alongside the early postmoderns at Judson Church?” You can see a live performance made with Dance Theater Workshop here.