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"Backchannel", the new collaboration between David Appel and John Morton

"Backchannel", the new collaboration between David Appel and John Morton


Target Margin Theater


The Doxsee @ Target Margin Theater
232 52nd Street, Brooklyn, NY


Friday, November 3, 2023 - 8:00pm
Saturday, November 4, 2023 - 8:00pm
Sunday, November 5, 2023 - 3:00pm



Target Margin Theater

Target Margin Theater hosts


Composed by John Morton
Choreographic Direction by David Appel
with Randy Burd, Cecilia Fontanesi, Ava Heller, and Elise Knudson


1. a secondary or covert route for the passage of information.
2. a sound or gesture made to give continuity to a conversation by a person who is listening to another.


Backchannel, a probing and adventurous new collaboration between choreographer/dancer David Appel and composer/sound artist John Morton, re-defines the relationship between dance, music, and technology, where movement and proximity of the performers’ bodies generate specific musical responses.

A Lidar (light detection) sensor, centered in the space, traces the charted and improvised actions of the dancers, triggering sound as their individual and collective location shifts. The piece speaks to motivation and consequence, to synchronicity and conversation, both apparent and “behind the scenes”. As audience, we are readily invited in, enabling us to experience moments of surprising (and resonant) interaction. Backchannel  is also about the path and the journey: how we get from here to there while navigating turns and changes along the way. The alliance and interplay between composer, choreographer, and seasoned movers gives all of us a more telling voice in this process, addressing essential issues around how we work and create together.

Also included on the program is Morton’s Driving Across the Prairie (based on a story by Ed Dorn) and a new solo by Appel.

Friday, November 3, 8 pm
Saturday, November 4, 8 pm
Sunday, November 5, 3 pm

The Doxsee @ Target Margin Theater*

Ticket Info:
Purchase tickets online for $25 (includes fees)
or $20 cash at the door (as available)



*Target Margin is located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn at 232 52nd Street. We are two blocks from the R train at 53rd Street and a 10 minute walk from the ferry.

Backchannel is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.  


Photo by Ayanna Nathifa Adams

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