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Abigail Levine

Brooklyn, NY   

Abigail Levine is a New York-based choreographer whose work is rooted in dance and draws on visual and performance art. Her works have been presented throughout the US, in Cuba, Brazil, Canada, Venezuela, Mexico, Egypt, and Taiwan, at venues including Movement Research Festival, Mount Tremper Arts Festival, Danspace Project, Roulette, Gibney Dance, Center for Performance Research, Fridman Gallery, Kennedy Center, Human Resources LA, Hemispheric Institute Encuentro (Montreal), SESC São Paulo, Prisma Forum/Mexico, Días de la Danza (Havana), and the Benaki Museum, Athens.

Levine is also an active performer, appearing in both choreographer Yvonne Rainer’s and performance artist Marina Abramović’s  retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art. She has also worked with  Clarinda Mac Low, Carolee Schneemann, Asad Raza/ Whitney Biennial, Larissa Velez-Jackson, Will Rawls, and Mark Dendy. Levine often works in close collaboration with composers, including Judith Berkson, Derek Bermel, Paula Matthusen, Dave Ruder, Yvette Jackson, and Tyshawn Sorey, at performances including the SONiC Festival, 50th Anniversary of 9 Evenings of Theater and Engineering (Fridman Gallery), and the Varispeed Collective’s all-night staging of John Cage’s Empty Words.

Levine has received funding and support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The MacDowell Colony, New Music USA, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Residency, Jerome Foundation/ Tofte Lake Emerging Artist Residency, Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grant Program, Puffin Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Knockdown Center production residency, Marina Abramovic Institute, and Jacob’s Pillow Professional Advancement Award. She is currently a Mellon Foundation Artist in Residence at the Center for Performance Research and visiting professor in Dance at Wesleyan University.

Restagings No. 1: Choreographing LeWitt (2017)

The 3,744 lines that comprise Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #56 (1970) take Abigail Levine twenty-five hours to complete, five hours of movement each day for five days. In a 12 x 12’ square, Levine performs the Wall Drawing one line at a time, following LeWitt’s instructions as he wrote them.

Sound designer Dave Ruder captures the sound of each line, the pencil’s mark amplified via contact microphones and played back into the room, accumulating a sonic archive that parallels the drawing.

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INVENTORY

INVENTORY is an improvisatory meeting ground for percussionist Corey Fogel and dancer Abigail Levine. Corey and Abby discovered that, if not splitting hairs, we fundamentally do the same work. We activate everyday materials using noise, rhythm, metaphor, movement, and sculpture to create new relationships with our materials and with each other. We trust a primordial impetus to engage our bodies doggedly, insistently, with the task at hand.

Suggested cue point: 20 mins

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Distance Measures and Orbit Design (2012)

Performed in darkness, Distance Measures borrows formal elements from mathematical models of chaotic systems. Although not apparent or predictable, these systems are highly structured and confoundingly beautiful.

The dance evolved collaboratively alongside Derek Bermel’s Orbit Design, a musical algorithm for three or more players inspired by the three-body problem in celestial mechanics. The musical score is performed live with the dance.

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