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MOVEMENT

A new dance by award winning choreographer Netta Yerushalmy, featuring a bifurcated electronic sound score by two potent female composers.

Overview

Award-winning choreographer Netta Yerushalmy will collaborate with two divergent female composers on MOVEMENT, a new evening-length dance work that “quilts” movement quotes from a wide range of dance and music across genres, cultures, and time periods. Composers Paula Matthusen and Ka Baird each score half of the piece, responding to generated choreography and contributing diversified concepts to the generative process through their music.

MOVEMENT follows Yerushalmy’s most recent major work, Paramodernities, a six-part series generated through reverently and violently dissecting iconic modern choreographies: Nijinsky’s Rite, Graham’s Night Journey, Balanchine’s Agon, Ailey’s Revelations, Fosse’s Sweet Charity, and remixed works by Cunningham. The project explored tenets of modern discourse – sovereignty, race, sexuality, disability – with contributions by scholars from different fields. This series was created explicitly in order to provoke dynamic conversations with the past and its legacies.

In MOVEMENT, existing dances are again quoted, but this time from a vast array of sources (from Lucinda Childs to hip hop music videos, for example). Dances are treated as fabric swatches for an intricate and elaborate quilt with radical and surprising results. In a project that is grappling with appropriating material by quilting movement textures and forms, engaging multiple composers is an important strategy to avoid a monolithic perspective. With multiplicity and discord as guiding creative principles, Baird and Matthusen will create an aural diptych for the work.

The work is radical, not only in its pluralistic aesthetics, but also in its purpose. By plucking (stealing) these short movements and placing them outside of their original contexts, Netta repurposes them, re-orients them, and perhaps re-cultures them. Dealing with appropriation is always a risky proposition. Hopefully past work on Paramodernities prepared our company for such a delicate challenge. Doubling this effort through music further enforces themes of cultural appropriation and memory as subjects for a dynamic exploration, ultimately for a re-examination of empathy.

Paula Matthusen writes both electroacoustic and acoustic music and realizes sound installations. Her work often considers discrepancies in musical space—real, imagined, and remembered. She is currently Associate Professor of Music at Wesleyan University.

Ka Baird is known and heralded for her raw, ecstatic, and boundary pushing live solo performances which often involve energetic and experimental body movements and breath. Her work explores improvisation, electroacoustic interventions, extended vocal techniques, electronics and various woodwinds that culminates in a vigorous type of “body music” that seeks extreme release through physical exertion.

Netta was introduced to Baird and Matthusen through active research while seeking out adventurous and well-respected female composers, and was turned on by their distinct voices which come from very different reaches of the electroacoustic world. Each composer will join Netta and company in the studio, and on site at development residencies throughout 2020 and 2021. Following the text-heavy Paramodernities, Netta is looking forward to a renewed focus on partnering new music with choreography as a deeply integrated part of the work.

MOVEMENT is currently supported by a City Center Choreography Fellowship, with residency support from MANCC, The Yard, and Dance Initiative (Colorado).

Project Media

HELGA AND THE THREE SAILORS
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This is an excerpt from a collaboration with composer Judith Berkson, which was supported by a grant from New Music USA.
The dance has two parts. In one Berkson uses sampling, accordion, and organ. In the other she uses single lines formed by voice and melodica, then introducing harmony and polyphonic structures . Aspects of the score are sung live by Berkson, who is positioned close to the stage but not visible.

Danspace Project / 2014
Dancers: Marc Crousillat, Amanda Kmett’Pendry, Sarah Lifson, and Netta Yerushalmy
Running time: 53:00

PARAMODERNITIES
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MOVEMENT follows Netta’s recent major work, PARAMODERNITIES, and furthers her interest in key lines of inquiry related to dance and appropriation. PARAMODERNTITIES is a six-installment project that asks audiences to consider: What do staged bodies signify, other than their mere form? If dance is a kind of knowledge, what kind of knowledge is it? What are the power relations between a moving body and a speaking body? When can a choreography shock us into thought? Is a legacy public, and what can we legitimately do to it?

HELGA AND THE THREE SAILORS
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Features: Netta Yerushalmy

This is an excerpt from a collaboration with composer Judith Berkson, which was supported by a grant from New Music USA in 2014. The dance has two parts. In one Berkson uses sampling, accordion, and organ. In the other she uses single lines formed by voice and melodica, then introducing harmony and polyphonic structures . Aspects of the score are sung live by Berkson, who is positioned close to the stage but not visible.

Danspace Project / 2014
Dancers: Marc Crousillat, Amanda Kmett’Pendry, Sarah Lifson, and Netta Yerushalmy
Running time: 53

Devouring Devouring
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The score, by Mark degli Antoni, follows the choreographic structure which intricately clashes distinct aesthetic modes, ranging from representational Baroque iconography to the abstract.

Composer Degli Antoni co-founded the Warner Bros band Soul Coughing. He has performed & recorded with David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, and Low, and scored films by Werner Herzog, Wallace Shawn, Finn Taylor, and William Wegman.

La Mama / 2012
Performers: Joanna Kotze, Toni Melaas, Stuart Singer, Ofir Yudilevitch
Running time: 50:00

Start and End Dates

10/07/202110/10/2021

Location

Montclair, New Jersey

Project Created By

New York, New York
Netta Yerushalmy is a dance artist based in New York City. Her work aims to engage with audiences by imparting the sensation of things as they are perceived, not as they are known, and to challenge how meaning is attributed and constructed. Netta is a 2019-2021 Princeton Arts Fellow at Princeton University. For her choreographic…

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