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F O R   U S

 LENGTH: 8 MINUTES
PERFORMERS: 2
PREMIERE: 2016 FIRE ISLAND DANCE FESTIVAL
COSTUME DESIGN: JONATHAN CAMPBELL AND AUSTIN DIAZ

 

ABOUT THE WORK

A RESPONSE TO THE ORLANDO MASSACRE AT PULSE NIGHTCLUB IN JUNE 2016.

 

FOR US WAS COMMISSIONED BY RYAN ZANIN AND ARI GINSBURG FOR FIRE ISLAND DANCE FESTIVAL BENEFITTING DANCERS RESPONDING TO AIDS

 

PHOTO—DANIEL HURLIN

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A L L   F O U R S

WORK-IN-PROGRESS

LENGTH: 35 MINUTES
PERFORMERS: 3
LIGHTING DESIGN: JENNIFER REISER
COSTUME DESIGN: JONATHAN CAMPBELL, AUSTIN DIAZ, AND ERICA JOHNSTON

 

ABOUT THE WORK

INSPIRED BY TEXT OF DAVID WOJNAROWICZ, AN AMERICAN ARTIST AND ACTIVIST WHO PASSED AWAY OF AIDS IN 1992, ALL FOURS IS A DEAFENING PORTRAIT OF A MAN FALLEN SILENT. A MEDITATION ON LOSS AND THE RESTLESS ACCEPTANCE OF BEING VOICELESS.

THE MULTIMEDIA WORK FEATURES LIVE STREAM PROJECTION AND WOJNAROWICZ'S TEXT-- OFFERING A VIEW INTO THE MIND OF A MAN DISAPPEARING.

 

 THANK YOU FOR YOUR ACTIVISM, ART, AND VOICE.
YOUR WORDS ARE LOUDER THAN EVER, DAVID.

 

ALL FOURS WAS CREATED WITH SUPPORT FROM THE WHISTLER'S BROTHER FUND.

 

PHOTOSCOTT SHAW

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(S A D   B O Y S)

LENGTH: 45 MINUTES - WITH OPTION TO ABBREVIATE
PERFORMERS: 4-5
PREMIERE: 2015 JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL
DORIS DUKE THEATRE
LIGHTING DESIGN: JENNIFER REISER
COSTUME DESIGN: JONATHAN CAMPBELL AND AUSTIN DIAZ
MASK DESIGN: CAITLIN TAYLOR

 

ABOUT THE WORK

FANTASY, STOICISM, FEAR, SEXUALITY, AND OTHERNESS ALL SURROUND (SAD BOYS). INSPIRED BY THE TEXT OF ALLEN GINSBERG, THE WORK REVEALS ONE'S DESIRE TO RETURN TO THE BODY IN WHICH THEY WERE BORN. A BODY FREE. A BODY SHUT OFF OF SOCIETY'S EXPECTATIONS. (SAD BOYS) SEEKS POWER IN THE NAMELESS.

 

(SAD BOYS) WAS CREATED IN PART DURING A CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT RESIDENCY AT JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL, WITH SUPPORT FROM THE JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE AWARD INITIATIVE.

 

PHOTOCHRISTOPHER DUGGAN AT JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL

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B  E  A  U.

LENGTH: 23 MINUTES
PERFORMERS: 2
PREMIERE: 2015 JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL
DORIS DUKE THEATRE
LIGHTING DESIGN: JENNIFER REISER
COSTUME DESIGN: JONATHAN CAMPBELL AND AUSTIN DIAz

 

ABOUT THE WORK

INSPIRED BY TEXT ON SUICIDE, BEAU. IS A VEIW INTO THE FINAL THOUGHTS OF A LIFE.  A SERIES OF FLEETING MOMENTS.

"IF HAPPY LITTLE BLUEBIRDS FLY BEYOND THE RAINBOW, WHY, OH, WHY CAN'T I?" - E.Y. "YIP" HARBUR

 

BEAU. WAS CREATED IN PART DURING A CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT RESIDENCY AT JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL, WITH SUPPORT FROM THE JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE AWARD INITIATIVE.
 BEAU. WAS ALSO CREATED WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE DUO MULTICULTURAL ARTS CENTER.

 

PHOTOJAMES RABY

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A  C  A  D  E  M  Y

LENGTH: 50 MINUTES
PERFORMERS: 6
PREMIERE: 92Y'S DIG DANCE: WEEKEND SERIES 2013
COSTUME DESIGN: JONATHAN CAMPBELL AND AUSTIN DIAZ

 

ABOUT THE WORK

DRIVEN BY MASCULINE STEREOTYPES AND ATHLETIC CULTURE, ACADEMY TESTS OUR PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL LIMITS--STRIPPING US OF IDENTITY AND PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF OUR OWN ENDURANCE, UNTIL WE ARE LEFT SENSATIONLESS.

ACADEMY DEALS WITH MAN'S FIXATION OF THE ALPHA. THE WORK REFLECTS BACK SOCIETY'S LIMITING IDEOLOGY OF MASCULINITY, WHILE REVEALING THE SUPPRESSION HARDENING MALE YOUTH TODAY.

 

ACADEMY WAS CREATED WITH SUPPORT OF DANCENOW SILO, TOES FOR DANCE, CANADIAN ONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATRE.

 

PHOTOELLIS&KIRK PHOTOGRAPHY BY CATHERINE KIRK