John J Zullo Dance/Raw Movement
John J Zullo Dance/Raw Movement
The evening will include works from John J Zullo Dance/Raw Movement’s repertory including ALL what THIS do HAS you HAPPENED see? BEFORE, as well as the World Premieres of this Exquisite diversion/mysterious Skin and project Xiii, which includes guest performers Barry Blumenfeld of TAPFusion, and choreographer Jeff Rebudal, among others. Mark Simpson is the lighting designer for the 2013 Season.
ALL what THIS do HAS you HAPPENED see? BEFORE explores perception, perspective, the insistence of memory and the inevitability of repetition. Events unfold, remembering actions we have seen, how they differ from what actually occurred versus what we remember having happened. Movements are repeated, constructed and then deconstructed, rearranged then viewed from different angles shifting the perspective to create something familiar yet new. The work creates a clear space for the action to unfold as the audience is invited to watch the work from any side of the space, as well as within. The music includes works by Monolake, Ludovico Einaudi, David Lynch, and Autechre. Costume design by Hector Perez, lighting by Lily Meyer and set decor by Lily Meyer and Zullo.
this Exquisite diversion/mysterious Skin delves into the physical manifestation of extreme psychological experiences where individual's are blocked from accessing the memories of events that happened. An out of body experience as the walls of mind and memory are slammed and mined for fragments of a lost story whose effects are felt but not always recalled. Using the text of Scott Heim’s novel “Mysterious Skin” as a map and compass for the work where two young boys are sexually exploited and assaulted and the different ways their psyche’s process and both accept or deny the trauma and the subsequent courses that are set in motion in their lives. The piece features a live performance by singer Jessie Davis. Sound score by David Englehard includes Olafur Arnalds, Max Richter, and Deru. Lighting Design by Mark Simpson, Set Decor by Lily Meyer and Zullo. Costumes by Zullo.
After seeing the piece at the La Mama Moves! Festival, Philip Garder of Oberon’s Grove wrote:
“The dancers knot up in intense pairings..., maintaining individuality in this dark collective. The piece, with evocative lighting, has a restless, brooding and ultimately sensual quality.”
project Xiii is based on one 60 second phrase of movement with 12 solo variations with dancers from Raw Movement as well as esteemed colleagues and choreographers John J. Zullo has worked with over the past 2 decades. Each artist will perform a movement variation from the original phrase to their own 60 second piece of music. For the final 60 seconds of the piece all artists will repeat their variation simultaneously to zero. There will be a large clock in the center of the stage counting down the piece from 13 to 0, invoking notions of variations in space and time as well as the ephemerality of performance.
The work will have a sound score comprised of 13 sixty second music selections chosen by each artist. Lighting design by Mark Simpson. Some guests performers include choreographer Jeff Rebudal, Artistic Director of TAPFusion Barry Blumenfeld, choreographer Chris Masters as well as other esteemed guests.
John J Zullo is originally from the Bronx, New York and currently resides in NYC. He graduated from American University in 1996 with a B.A. in Anthropology and 1999 with an M.A. in Dance. John danced with many artists while at American University, and was privileged to perform in the work of Ohad Naharin, as well as having his work presented at Dance Place in Washington,DC and being awarded the Arts Club of Washington’s Award forOutstanding Choreographer 1999. John has danced with Regina Nejman Company, performing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and in NYC and worked with Jeff Rebudal for over 10 years as a performer, Rehearsal Director & Associate Director. He currently teaches for the Modern Guest Artist Series at Dance New Amsterdam in NYC and has also taught at Adelphi University, Long Island NY, Hunter College NYC, Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and the YMCA/Evolve Dance in Tarrytown, New York.
Influenced as much by the work of choreographers Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown & Pina Bausch as he is from film directors such as Derek Jarman & Gregg Araki, novelists Jean Genet and Scott Heim as well as his days witnessing the evolution of the House & Ball scene from the 90s until today all inform his current interests in movement architecture and creating performance events.
John J Zullo Dance/Raw Movement is exploring ideas from our cultural landscape that are transformed into works that are expressive, imaginative and kinetic. The company strives to create and share these dances in the hope of eliciting an emotional response to a movement-based experience.
John J Zullo Dance/Raw Movement just finished a sold out run at the LaMaMa Moves! Festival June 2013 and was also presented at Theater for the New City’s LES Festival May 2011, 2012 & 2013. Raw Movement was presented at Dances for DNA Day May 2013 for Dance New Amsterdam and The New Museum's Ideas City Festival. Zullo was presented at the LaMama Spoleto Open in Spoleto, Italy September 2012. Dixon Place presented an evening of Zullo's work in November 2012 as well as a Split Bill in June 2012 and the July 2012 Moving Men Series as part of the HOT! Festival.
Raw Movement performed at the Blooms Festival at Green Space in LIC, NY 2010 & 2012 as well as a full evening in 2011. DanceNOWNYC presented Raw Movement for the RAW Festival in April 2011. John J Zullo Dance/Raw Movement was presented at the Evolve Festival in Tarrytown, New York as well as the IndepenDance Festival at City Center Studio 5, 2010.
John J Zullo Dance/Raw Movement had its first New York Season at Theater for the New City in April of 2011. For more information visit http://johnjzullodance.com.