Lumberyard in the City Winter Festival: Dana Reitz
Dana Reitz, choreographer, dancer and visual artist, often uses silence as a means to reveal the musical nuance of movement itself. On her own and in her collaborations with lighting artists such as Beverly Emmons, James Turrell, and extensively, Jennifer Tipton, she has pioneered the use of light as a physical partner. Her woven movement and light scores -- essential, spare and fleeting -- create a continually shifting perception of time and space.
Her performance projects include Necessary Weather, a collaborative work with Tipton and dancer Sara Rudner, Unspoken Territory, a solo she created for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Shoreline, Private Collection, Lichttontanz, Suspect Terrain, Circumstantial Evidence, Severe Clear, and Field Papers. She and Baryshnikov toured together with a program of solos; she later created Cantata for Two, a duet for Baryshnikov and Kabuki master Tamasaburo Bando (Tokyo). In recent years, for The Body Acoustic, she has continued to investigate the shifting sense of place with both built and natural environments.
Ms. Reitz has toured, as a performer and mentor, throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the US. Since 1973, she has been commissioned/produced by multiple venues internationally including Festival d’Automne (Paris), the Hebbeltheater (Berlin), BAM’s Next Wave Festival, and the Lincoln Center White Light Festival (New York). She is the recipient of two Bessies, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, including one as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius, sponsored by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.
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