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Jul132014

Recent collaborations/performances with Racoco Productions

I am excited to continue collaborating with Rachel Cohen of Racoco Productions and this year we are exploring the various visual, conceptual, and narrative possibilities of seamless backdrop paper.

In a surprising twist I am also now collaborating as a "dancer"! (in quotes as my efforts are in the most amateur sense possible). It's been an unexpected but fun development and at this point I have six performances under my belt. 

Below are images from four different iterations of our performances with paper. The settings varied widely, which contributed to the uniqueness of each piece.

Our most recent presentation was "Paper Trail," at the Strand Theater in Plattsburgh in upstate New York on August 1 & 2. It was part of "Fete de Danse", a presentation of three dance companies organized by Brooklyn dance and art organization, Norte Maar. The Strand Theater is a recently renevated grand old theater and it was an amazing experience to perform in that beautiful space and with two other incredible dance companies.  When we weren't rehearsing, making paper costumes, and performing, we had a great time hanging out by lovely Lake Champlain and exploring the lovely town of Plattsburgh. As it turns out, my grandfather had military training in Plattsburgh before World War II, so it was an interesting feeling to visit a town where he had been on an entirely different mission.

 

"Detritus" was a three-day event in Harlem which included 4 performances amid an ever-changing installation created by the accumulated remnants of each performance. We were able to present this through chashama's Summer 2014 Summer Performance Series, which pairs artists and performers with empty spaces throughout the city. 

Loading in to the empty space at 1351 Amsterdam Ave.: 

Photo by Stephanie Beck 

 Dancers: Francisco Ruvalcaba, Stephanie Beck, Masumi Kishimoto, Rachel Cohen

Photo by Ester Jove Soligue

 

Photo by Ester Jove Soligue

 

Photo by Ester Jove Soligue

Photo by Ester Jove Soligue

Still shot from video by David Pym

Photo by Ester Jove Soligue

Original music composed and performed by Lynn Wright, ensconced in his own paper pod.

Photo by Ester Jove Soligue

 

We also presented a more formal piece, "Paper Work" at an official dance venue: Leimay at CAVE. Ironically enough it's the venue where I saw Rachel's production of "Tilt" in 2012 which I later mentioned in an online interview that Rachel found and which led her to ask me to collaborate with her. Fate has come full circle.

Dancers are Rachel Cohen, Masumi Kishimoto, Remi Harris, and Stephanie Beck. All photos are by Raul Zbengheci, courtesy of Leimay/CAVE.


 

 

 

We presented the first paper performance, "Paper Trail," at Maria Hernandez Park as part of Bushwick Open Studios in May. We invited kids to come help us create a tearing and crumpling whirlwind at the end of the piece, which was a big hit. 

Dancers: Rachel Cohen, Masumi Kishimoto, Stephanie Beck. 

 

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