American Realness

The Bureau for the Future of Choreography

Score for a Lecture

World Premiere

Friday, January 15, 5:30pm
Saturday, January 16, 2:00pm
Sunday, January 17, 7:00pm

Run Time: 55 minutes

Abrons Arts Center, Underground Theater
466 Grand Street / tickets $20

Single Tickets Festival Pass

In Score for a Lecture, a sequence of speech acts choreograph the theater as a medium and institution that literally speaks. Instant collaboration reinvigorates institutional critique as a choreographed blooper. Score for a Lecture creates space to redefine the value of failure while we are inside the theater, the institution, the group, the pair and the self. In Score for a Lecture, as with all projects by The Bureau for the Future of Choreography, everyone becomes an agent of The Bureau.

image by Evelyn Donnelly

The Bureau is an apparatus that collectively builds performance experiences and documents. We strive for group decision making and explore not only group dynamics but also states of embodiment as well as myths of individual and collective authorship. We produce permeating archives of dance/performance and subsequent heterogeneous histories. The Bureau is a state of flux, shifting appearance according to the specific context. Rather than “products,” The Bureau is forever involved in research processes and practices to investigate participatory images of performance and systems of choreography.

“She wears a black jumpsuit decorated with the “LIFE | DANCE | DEATH” Venn-diagram logo of The Bureau for the Future of Choreography, evoking an alternate-universe dance Olympics. The logo is a starkly humorous choice given the Bureau’s eschewal of individual ownership versus Michelson’s cult of authorship.” Claudia LaRocco–Art Forum