Michael Kliën with Steve Valk (Ireland)
Choreography for Blackboards (US Premiere)
“Choreography is not to constrain movement into a set pattern, it is to provide a cradle for movement to find its own patterns.” – Michael Kliën
2001 a space odyssey: the appearance of a massive black monolith heralds a paradigm shift from mindless savage to calculated tool user. Now the monolith reappears in Brooklyn, in the shape of 6 imposing blackboards on a pristine white dance floor.
A cast of uniquely abled citizens including Paul Muldoon, “the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War.” (The Times Literary Supplement), heavyweight particle physicist Brian Schwarz (CUNY), members of Occupy Wall Street, an investment banker, and bright young things of dance Fitzgerald & Stapleton, surf the cusp of change, modeling potential routes to a new world order.
This is state of the art choreography from the most agile thinkers in contemporary dance.
Brian Schwartz, physicist. (Jan 8, 9)
Paul Muldoon, poet . (Jan 8)
Jeffrey Gormly, playwright. (Jan 8, 9, 10, 11)
Frank Hentschker, graduate theater professor. (Jan 8,9)
Ivan Martinez, Investment Banker. (Jan 8, 9, 10, 11)
Eugenia Manwelyan, urban planner and
Occupy Wall Street activist. (Jan 8, 9)
Tal Beery, sculptor and Occupy Wall Street activist. (Jan 9, 10)
Emma Fitzgerald, performance artist. (Jan 10)
Aine Stapleton, performance artist. (Jan 11)
Tony Schultz, physicist and dancer. (Jan 10, 11)
Leina Bocar, artist/activist/film maker (Jan 10, 11)
Made possible with support from Mertz Gilmore Foundation and Culture Ireland. Originally produced by Daghdha Dance Company, Ireland.