Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Is the performer the object or the object the performer?

From a review in the NYT
Beginning Sept. 22 Danspace Project offers another important destination for dance and performance with a new installment of its Platform series featuring works selected by a guest curator. In the latest, which runs nearly six weeks, Trajal Harrell proposes “certain difficulties, certain joy,” a search for joy in experimental dance, which on the surface might not necessarily exude bliss. Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud, for instance, explore extinction and rebirth in “Sylphides” while wearing sensory-deprivation body bags. The series, which strives to build context around art and the world in which it is created, provides another way of upending the notion of dance as a traditional choreographic endeavor.  

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