Monday, July 12, 2010

in response...

Thinking about Amanda’s awesome comment below – and before I start sounding like one of those people who never attends performances that I appreciate – here is a list of 10 things I have seen recently which left indelible impressions.

These artists offer vital statements about performance as shared experience - particularly Tino Sehgal’s “This Progress” at the Guggenheim Museum and Marina Abramović’s “The Artist is Present” at the MoMA - and also create vocabularies for the body, mind, spirit which are unforgettable "Fela!" by Bill T. Jones on Broadway, Akram Khan and Sidi Larbu Cherkaoui in zero degrees – particularly for its use of dance as path to identity and communication (a great review is here) , Karen Reedy’s "Path of Attraction," Shen Wei Dance Arts at The Kennedy Center, Kelly Bond’s "Splitting the Difference," at the DC Fringe Festival 2009, Zoe Knights' “Death in the count of 9” for its extraordinary integration of movement, choreography, music, lighting and costume and Les SlovaKs Dance Collective “Opening Night” (these last 2 performances were part of the festival in Salzburg, Austria in 2008 where I worked as a dramaturge), and finally the unclassifiable and unforgettable "Cornfield" by Nancy Bannon at Transformer Gallery in DC.

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