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Prime Mover - a Concert to Benefit CPR


John Jasperse Company in Madison As I Imagine It (1999), with dancers Michelle Boule and Eleanor Hullihan. Photo: Alex Escalante


Wally Cardona Quartet in Everywhere, with dancers Joanna Kotze and matthew Winheld. Photo: Gordon Wilson

by Julie Muller Stahl

The Abrons Arts Center presents an evening of groundbreaking dance, old and new, with Prime Mover, curated by Chez Bushwick founder Jonah Bokaer. This event brings together rare archival dance film and video along with work by acclaimed dancemakers John Jasperse and Wally Cardona, who together with Bokaer, are partnering to form CPR - the Center for Performance Research, a facility for research and development in contemporary dance and performance, to be located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The program will include John Jasperse Company performing a remounted excerpt from Madison As I Imagine It (1999) and Wally Cardona presenting an exclusive preview of new work. In addition, Chez Bushwick, the celebrated artists performance cooperative, will screen Que’est ce que c’est performance?, a collection of new and historical works of performance video curated by Christopher Eamon, including Yvonne rainer’s Hand Movie. Net proceeds from these performances will go to benefit the capital campaign for CPR.

Wally Cardona offers an excerpt of a new evening-length piece that will premiere at Dance theater Workshop in may 2007. The new work builds on Cardona’s interest in the very act of construction and its seemingly insignificant actions.

John Jasperse presents an excerpt of his acclaimed piece, Madison As I Imagine It (1999), a work about the strange beauty of irregularity, imperfection, spaciousness, and possibility. The dance emphasizes parts of the body that are rarely thought of as “expressive,” creating a language of physical interaction that is at the same time crude, maladroit and precise in its immediacy.

The evening concludes with a screening of rare film and video presented by Chez Bushwick, the celebrated artists performance cooperative, entitled Que’est ce que c’est performance? Curated by Christopher Eamon, this collection of new and historical works of performance video, several of which will be making their US debut, includes the world premiere of Yvonne Rainer’s 1966 Hand Movie, newly restored in 2006. Eamon has explored various possibilities for time-based media within a video program; the compilation spans 40 years of video and performance history, and features works by Valie Export (1971), Mads Lynnerup (2003), Magnetic Laboratorium (2004), and Kiki Seror (2005), as well as Yvonne rainer (1966). Through this compilation, Eamon helps to reframe and contextualize new work while reminding us of the inherent presence of culture in any form video art might take, past or present.

Prime Mover: John Jasperse, Wally Cardona and Chez Bushwick

Abrons Arts Center

466 Grand Street

Friday, October 13th at 7:30pm

Saturday, October 14th at 7:30pm

General admission: $20

Visit http://www.henrystreet.org/site/PageServer?pagename=aac_homewww.henrystreet.org/arts or http://www.theatermania.com/home/www.theatermania.com or call 212.352.3101

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