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Dancespace Project Presents

Dancespace Project Presents


Friday, November 30, 2012 - 6:55am

Food for Thought

Danspace Project Presents
December 13-15, 2012 [Thu-Sat] 8PM


Admission: with two cans of food; or 0
No advance reservations.
New York, NY, November 29, 2012 - Danspace Project's popular benefit program presents multiple artists over one weekend with different guest curators each evening. FOOD FOR THOUGHT collects canned food over the course of the run to support the St. Mark's Church food distribution program. For this FOOD FOR THOUGHT (December 13-15, 2012) Danspace Project invited curators exploring collaborative curatorial strategies. FOOD FOR THOUGHT will feature two nights of work curated by dance and performance writers Jenn Joy and Noémie Solomon and one night organized by AUNTS, led by Laurie Berg and Liliana Dirks-Goodman.

Thursday, December 13, 2012
at 8PM
With: Tyler Ashley
, Megan Byrne, Joey Kipp, Caitlin Marz, Jessica Ray, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Mariana Valencia, and Elizabeth Ward.


Dance group AUNTS, led by Laurie Berg and Liliana Dirks-Goodman, invites eight artists to perform simultaneously for a set duration of one hour. AUNTS encourages self-sufficiency through a DIY approach to lighting and technical elements as the artists each determine the environmental aspects of their own work. The audience is encouraged to move around in the space.

Friday, December 14, 2012
at 8PM
& Saturday, December 15, 2012
at 8PM
Solos and Solitudes
Co-curated by Jenn Joy and Noémie Solomon
PROGRAM A, Friday: Hilary Clark
, Caroline Gravel, and Taisha Paggett.
PROGRAM B, Saturday: Ryan Kelly
, Caroline Gravel, and Taisha Paggett.


Solos and Solitudes consists of three short solos per evening (Fri & Sat) by dancers who have not only worked with many established choreographers but also create their own work. Joy and Solomon consider Georges Didi-Huberman's text Le Danseur des solitudes (2006) and explore the philosopher's romantic meditation on dance. Following Saturday's performance there will be a longer conversation including the artists and other writers, some food for thought of the intellectual sort, around the question of the solo and its relationship to the solitudes required of dancing, of making, of writing, of thinking.


AUNTS is about having dance happen. The dance you've already seen, that pops into your head, that is known and expected and unknown and unexpected. Dance that seeps into the cracks of street lights, subway commotion, magazine myth, drunk nights at the bar, the family album, and the couch where you lay and softly glance at the afternoon light coming in through the window. AUNTS constantly tests a model of producing dance/performance/parties. A model that supports the development of current, present, and contemporary dancing. A model that expects to be adopted, adapted, replicated, and perpetuated by any person who would like to use it. Where performing can last five seconds or five hours; never a "work in progress." Where the work of performing is backed by the "land of plenty" rather than "there is not enough." Where the work of AUNTS defies the regulation of institution, capitalism, and consumerism. AUNTS is about being gracious in this world.
Thank you.


JENN JOY teaches in Graduate Studies and Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design and is scholar-in-residence at Danspace Project. She edited Judson NOW with Judy Hussie-Taylor (Danspace, 2012), Planes of Composition: Dance, Theory and the Global with André Lepecki (Seagull Press, 2009) and her recent writing appears on BLEED (a process blog with Tere O'Connor), and in DANCE (Whitechapel, 2012), BOMB.


NOÉMIE SOLOMON is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at McGill University. She works in the field of contemporary dance and performance as a researcher, dancer, curator, dramaturge, and teacher.


FUNDING: FOOD FOR THOUGHT is supported, in part, by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and City Council Member Rosie Mendez.
LOCATION: Unless otherwise noted, all performances and events take place at Danspace Project in St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10003.


TICKETS: Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available for purchase at www.danspaceproject.org or by phone at (866) 811-4111.   


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