American Realness

DD Dorvillier

CONVERSATION: empty spaces/permanent dances: a lecture and presentation on Danza Permanente

FRI JAN 6 . 6:00 PM

466 Grand Street

The choreography of Danza Permanente comes from a musical composition created in Vienna two centuries ago by a nearly deaf man. Initially written for four stringed instruments, it’s transposed to be seen, played by four dancers. They embody the musical structure, behaviors, and dynamics of the string quartet over time, and through space. The dancers behave as sound, in their becoming of visible music. We propose that you watch this performance in near-silence as you would listen to music in a shadowy room. The transposition is by DD Dorvillier and Zeena Parkins and dancers Fabian Barba, Nuno Bizarro, Walter Dundervill, Naiara Mendioroz and Heather Kravas. The acoustic environment created by Zeena Parkins and lighting design by Thomas Dunn follow the score and frame this visible music.

Followed by a conversation led by André Lepecki with Dorvillier and her collaborators, Zeena Parkins and Thomas Dunn.