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Claudia Rankine, Will Rawls, & John Lucas present "What Remains"

Claudia Rankine, Will Rawls, & John Lucas present "What Remains"


Danspace Project


Danspace Project
New York, NY


Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 8:00pm weekly through September 29, 2018



Danspace Project

Claudia Rankine, Will Rawls, & John Lucas
What Remains
Tuesday, Sept 25, 8pm (Followed by a discussion with Will Rawls, Claudia Rankine, and John Lucas)
Thursday, Sept 27, 8pm
Friday, Sept 28, 8pm
Saturday, Sept 29, 8pm

Co-presented by Danspace Project and French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) as part of the Crossing The Line Festival. All performances take place at Danspace Project.
What Remains is a collaboration between poet and MacArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine, choreographer Will Rawls (recipient of the 2017 Bessie Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer), and filmmaker John Lucas.
Through movement, language, and video What Remains invites us across the threshold of an historical void, creating an immersive environment from the idea of an entombed imagination, and responding to violence and disappearance with a resonant, ghostly chorus.
"One thing about being black in America-you have to curtail your movements, to live in such a way that what the white gaze projects upon blackness will not end your life," says Rankine to the New York Times. "So you're always thinking, can I walk at night?...Can I have my cell phone out? If it glitters, will someone think it's a gun? At what point can I just be?"
Adds Rawls, "One never just happens to be black, even in the most abstract dance...Whiteness in our society - and this is something Claudia talks about, too - is the space that produces the conditions and terms against which all other lives are measured and enabled or disabled. Dance doesn't escape those power dynamics."

Direction and choreography by Will Rawls
Text by Claudia Rankine
Video by John Lucas
Production design by David Szlasa
Costume design by Eleanor O'Connell
Sound Design by Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste
Music by Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, with Will Rawls
Created in collaboration with and performed by Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Leslie Cuyjet, Jessica Pretty, and Tara Aisha Willis

What Remains is co-presented with French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) as part of the Crossing The Line Festival. Part of BRIDGING, an initiative co-developed and supported by The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations. What Remains was commissioned, developed, and premiered by Live Arts Bard, the commissioning and residency program of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. What Remains was developed with additional commissioning support from the French Institute Alliance Française's (FIAF) Crossing The Line Festival, the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, and Yale Repertory Theater.

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