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Red Hair Girl

Closer

Container series

Body Cartography Project x Footnote NZ Dance

closer lays bare the power of physicality and presence through a series of one-on-one performances, for one dancer and one audience. Together we play with how the meeting between performer and audience generates the possibility for something new. Quotes: “They’re using real dance skills of sensing, paying attention, and examining perspective to redefine engagement.” Emily Gastineau, mnartists.org

“I found closer(solo) to be, a socially engaged, thought-provoking, movement-making, sensational performance art work.” Anna Bate, Theatreview

“closer(solo) animated our whole festival space with the frenetic act of spectatorship and performance.” Sam Trubridge, director of the Performance Arcade

“They are feeling. They are feeling their bodies. They are feeling their bodies awake. They are remembering the life of their bodies. We forget, and need each other to remind ourselves of our own beautiful, unfolding presence.” Karl Kronin 

“The BodyCartography’s closer” will rave your soul. Through the idea of community it threads the spectator into a formlessness of pure sensation to re-emerge as a body newly felt and intentioned.” Sean Smuda

“As the dancer’s audience of one, I have choices to make, real agency in determining how this work is realized: Where do I stand? Do I dance along with him? Do I watch every second, or turn away? When he runs, do I race to follow or lag behind? May I make eye contact? Should I smile? Can he feel the support and solidarity of my attention? How are we connected in this space, in this movement?” Susannah Schouweiler, mnartists.org

Showing

18 Feb, 19 Feb, 20 Feb, 21 Feb, 25 Feb, 26 Feb, 27 Feb, 28 Feb

Time

10am - 11pm

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This work was originally developed and made possible with support from Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Composer Forum’s Live Music for Dance Minnesota, Doris Duke Creative Exploration Fund, American Dances Abroad, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, National Performance Network Residency support from the Soap Factory, Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota and Festival Warsovie, Warsaw, Poland. Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Dorothy Daniels Dance Foundation. As part of the original Aotearoa presentation of closer in 2016, Footnote is delighted to collaborate again with Body Cartography this year in producing and performing closer.

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