American Realness

Daniel Linehan

Montage for Three
Not About Everything

U.S. Premiere

TUE JAN 10 . 6:30 PM
WEDS JAN 11 . 7:00 PM

Run time: 60 minutes

466 Grand Street

Montage for Three is a choreography-of-images that takes its source material entirely from found photographs, both famous and obscure. The two dancers embody the photographs with the absurd and impossible aim of giving presence to something, which is absent. They strive to erase the inherent sentimentality of the photographs in order to see what lies beneath the nostalgia. The living/moving/present bodies confront the mechanical/static/reproduced bodies until the two forms begin to exchange roles. The still images begin to take on a life of their own, as the dancers begin to serve as a trigger for the viewer’s memory.

Co-production support for Montage for Three was provided by Rencontres Choréographiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (Paris, FR)


Daniel Linehan’s solo, Not About Everything, reflects on the basic elements that constitute art works as well as daily experiences – rhythm and change, language and meaning, energy and the human body. The performance re-imagines these familiar concepts through a multi-layered system of intense physical effort and a constant cyclical use of language. Beginning from an apparent simplicity, the performer introduces a series of variations, accelerations and subtle shifts, creating a funny and complex dance. As his obsessive circular motion inevitably produces feelings of disorientation and vertigo, Linehan struggles to remain lucid and strives to create a space for thoughtful reflection.

Not About Everything was created in part through the Bessie Schönberg/First Light Commissioning Program and Creative Residency Program of Dance Theater Workshop with support from the Jerome Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a US federal agency), the New York State Council of the Arts, and the Jerome Robbins Foundation. This work was also made possible in part through the Movement Research Artist Residency Project, funded in part by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund.