Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development. Performances are followed by discussion and an informal reception during which artists and audiences share perspectives about the works-in-progress. On this afternoon (September 29, 2012), Moriah Evans and Nicole Bindler & Gabrielle Revlock present work.
With Another Performance, choreographer Moriah Evans investigates subject-object relations on stage. Phrases from dance history's female matriarchs-Loïe Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Lucinda Childs, and Trisha Brown-are re-presented as a cacophonous homage. Everyday materials are presented as such and then transformed. Objects and human bodies are framed and re-framed as Evans asks questions about the relation between a "thing" animated into performance and a "body" performing actions.
Choreography: Moriah Evans
Sculpture/Set: Alan Calpe
Lighting: Joe Levasseur
Costumes: Moriah Evans, Alan Calpe, Evelyn Donnelly
Performers: Alan Calpe, Maggie Cloud, Tess Dworman, Christina Evans, Moriah Evans, Ondrej Vidlar
In 2011, Nicole Bindler and Gabrielle Revlock created I made this for you, a large group work about audience engagement and community building. On this afternoon, they present a duet derivative of I made this for you,tentatively titled The Dance Apocalypse, which distills the previous work down to its most essential nature. Bindler and Revlock create and perform this new piece exploring the core issues of beauty, spectacle, the male gaze, and competition among women. Performed to a projection of I made this for you, the duet reflects on and transforms the work through a deepening of the relationship of its co-creators. The transparency of the directors' intentions, judgments, disagreements, and delight in the process allows a window into a collaborative artistic process. Said the artists: "We are compelled to demystify the practice of making dance through a reveal of our process in real time."
Moriah Evans choreographs & dances to confront questions about performance, gender, and to be in negotiation with visual art and dance history. Her work has been presented in NYC through MR at Judson Church, AUNTS, BAX, DNA, Danspace Project, THROW at The Chocolate Factory, and Dixon Place and in California at CALit2 and Sushi Performance and Visual Art. In April 2012, the culmination of a two year collaborative research project with Sarah Beth Percival, Out of and Into (8/8): STUFF, was presented at Theatre de L'Usine in Geneva, Switzerland. She has worked on projects with choreographers Sarah Michelson, Trajal Harrell, Boris Charmatz, Elie Hay, the Swedish choreographic collective INPEX and the artist Tino Sehgal. As an Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research, she initiated the apparatus The Bureau for the Future of Choreography. She has been an editor of the Performance Journal since Fall 2009. She was a danceWEBber (2009) at ImPulsTanz in Vienna, and from 2007-2008, she was a Mary Elvira Stevens fellow during which time she traveled for a year of residencies in Rio de Janeiro, Dakar, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Frankfurt, Berlin, and Brussels in order to do embodied research in relation to her choreographic practice. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with degrees in Art History and English Literature and completed her MA in Visual Art, Theory and Criticism from the University of California, San Diego.
Nicole Bindler is a body-based performing artist whose work is inspired by her training in dance-theater, contact improvisation, butoh, body-mind centering, yoga and feldenkrais. Her work has been shown throughout the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Berlin, Tokyo, Beirut and Quito, Ecuador. She has been presented by High Zero Festival, Transmodern Age Festival, Shawinigan Street Theater Festival, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, D.C. Improvisation Festival, Performance Mix Festival, nEW Festival, X Fest, Bowerbird, CEC New Edge mix, First Person Arts, Hampshire College and Irtijal09'. Her work has been supported by Philadelphia Dance Projects, Foundation for Contemporary Arts and Dance Advance. Her piece "I made this for you." created in collaboration with Gabrielle Revlock was a 2011 finalist for the A.W.A.R.D. Show! Bindler is the Programs Coordinator at Mascher Space Cooperative and organizes FALLS BRIDGE: new movement, improvisation and performance festival with Curt Haworth. She is currently touring Deborah Hay's solo "I Think Not".
Gabrielle Revlock, dancer/choreographer, is "a gifted comedian." (Philadelphia Inquirer, 2010). She has received support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the nEW Festival, New Edge Mix, SCUBA National Touring Network for Dance and the Susan Hess Choreographers Project. Her work has been shown across the US by presenters including ODC (SF), The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Joyce SoHo, Dance Place (DC), Philadelphia Dance Projects, Velocity Dance Center (Seattle) and the Korzo Theater (The Hague, Netherlands). In 2010 she received a Rocky Award and in 2011 a finalist prize from the A.W.A.R.D. Show! for her collaboration with Nicole Bindler, I made this for you. As a dancer, she was a company member of Jeanne Ruddy Dance for nine years, performing the works of Suzanne Linke, Mark Dendy, Jane Comfort, and Robert Battle. Interested in performance as a social art form, she is also the creator of Wear Your Wig to Work Day, a holiday occurring annually the last Friday in January.
FUNDING: DraftWork 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.