My Awarded Projects
THE SET UP: ISLAND GHOST SLEEP PRINCESS TIME STORY SHOW
how to bring the issue of ownership to a different level of discussion, one that acknowledges the complexities of a body, a form, a culture?Created By: WCV, Inc. / Wally Cardona
The Set Up: Saya Lei
Perhaps a person watching can notice - and maybe even get a bit lost within - their own self-developed or culturally-developed borders.Created By: WCV, Inc. / Wally Cardona
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WCV, Inc. / Wally CardonaBrooklyn, NY
WCV Inc.’s primary goal is to work on the place of dance in culture – where, why and how it is. The Company does this by producing projects that introduce new forms and ways of seeing, listening, thinking and experiencing to audiences through a commitment to experimentation and collaboration, crossing artistic disciplines, bringing dance into dialogue with professions outside the arts and presenting work in both traditional and non-traditional locations.
Under the artistic direction of Wally Cardona, the company has built strong relationships both at home and abroad, in N. and S. America, Europe and Asia. Presenters have included BAM, The Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, the Cannes Festival and others.
Cardona’s work has been recognized with a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, a Creative Capital award and a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for the creation of Everywhere. In 2012, he was one of twenty-one American artists selected to receive an inaugural Doris Duke Artist Award.
Cardona’s current cycle of work actively creates space for his practice to mutate in close proximity to others, creating collaborative processes that are both intimate and crowded. A select list includes:
The Set Up (2012-2017: LMCC, Park Avenue Armory, Vermont Performance Lab, PICA), a series of 8 dances developed over a 6-year long practice of “embodiment” within diverse realms and traditions of dance-operations, made in collaboration with choreographer Jennifer Lacey, 8 international artists viewed as master artists/teachers of existent dance forms and multiple dancers & composers;
Ponder Nothing (2013: Les Subsistances), with composer Ned Rothenberg, built upon an existent score by Ben Johnston, one of America’s foremost composers of microtonal music;
TOOL IS LOOT (2011: EMPAC, The Kitchen), resulting from games of aesthetic disorientation and propositions that persisted because of their foreignness, made with Jennifer Lacey and composer Jonathan Bepler;
Interventions 1-7 (2010-11: Baryshnikov Arts Center, EMPAC, Dance Place, Atlantic Center for the Arts), encounters in which Cardona voluntarily subjected himself to the requests and opinions of “outsiders,” including a sommelier, astrophysicist, architect, social activist and group of acousticians;
Movements within Stream (2010: Storm King), an outdoor mini-myth made in relation to Stephen Talasnik’s Stream: A Folded Drawing, a monumental site-specific construction made of some 3,000 bamboo poles;
Really Real (2009: Brooklyn Academy of Music, International Festival of Arts & Ideas), a "people piece" for 100 individuals including the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, with music by Phil Kline;
Revival (2009: Hidden City), performed by 30 dancers in the abandoned upper balcony of the old Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia;
and A Light Conversation (2008: The Joyce Theater, Tanzhaus Zurich), a physical dialogue on aesthetics vs. ethics, love, commitment and sacrifice, made with Swiss/British choreographer Rahel Vonmoos.