Contributors: Courtney Escoyne, Wendy Perron
Process as Product
NE W Y It’s easy to think of sculpture
as a static form, but what happens when
you place it in the midst of a public park
and invite performing artists to inhabit it?
Passersby have been finding that out since
Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park arrived in
Manhattan’s Madison Square Park this June.
Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad.
Sq. Art partnered with Danspace Project to
offer residencies to four beloved downtown
dance artists to create, rehearse and perform
under the public eye atop McElheny’s green
prismatic-glass floor. Rashaun Mitchell +
Silas Riener already had the first go at the
end of June, but Aug. 1–6 and 8–13 will
see the fearless Netta Yerushalmy take on
the challenge, followed by Jodi Melnick in
Comes to the
a special viewing of the Trisha
Brown: In Plain Site series,
Jacob’s Pillow is teaming up with
the Clark Art Institute, one of the
best museums in the Berkshires.
The Institute’s exquisite land-
Will They or Won’t They?
scaping will no doubt provide
a harmonious setting for the
profound simplicity of Brown’s work on Aug. 13. This free event is a prelude
to the Trisha Brown Dance Company’s program at the Pillow, Aug. 16–19, that
includes three works: the baroque L’Amour au théâtre (2009), the jazz-
inflected Groove and Countermove (2000) and the serenely quiet Opal
Loop (1980). jacobspillow.org.
SEATTLE Improvisation, in its many forms, can be a door to the body’s imagina-
tion. One of the few festivals to delve into it is the Seattle Festival of Dance
Improvisation, July 30 to Aug. 6. This year the intensives are led by risk-
taking teacher/performers including Hilary Clark, Anya Cloud, Joe Goode,
Angie Hauser, Andrew Marcus and Taisha Paggett. Some of them (it’s an
improv festival, so last-minute decisions are the name of the game) will par-
ticipate in the full-day “Dance Innovators in Performance” event on Aug. 4.
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Raja Feather Kelly will teach
drop-in classes during the
Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener
Trisha Brown: In Plain Site