Mechanics of the Dance Machine
Karole Armitage/Armitage Gone! Dance
Hailed by some critics as an heir to both George Balanchine and Merce Cunningham, Karole Armitage returns to New York Live Arts for the first time since the premiere of her groundbreaking work at Dance Theater Workshop, Drastic-Classicism (1981). For her 2013 premiere, Armitage will continue mixing pointe work with fractal geometry, improvisation and contemporary practices in collaboration with composer Gabriel Prokofiev, a dance, grime, electro and hip hop producer trained in classical composition. He uses material from his grandfather, Sergei Prokofiev’s Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra.
Armitage and dancers employ iPhones and iPads to alter the soundscape to which they perform, responding to these transformations in real-time. Gradually the Concerto emerges as Armitage and dancers explore a new framework for expressive movement suffused with eroticism, fertile impurities, improper hybrids and unexpected idiosyncrasies.
Feb 1 Stay Late Discussion: Fashion and Dance with Peter Speliopoulos and Alba Clemente
Feb 6 Stay Late Discussion: Sustaining a Career in Dance with Elise Monte and Stephen Petronio