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Pack

PACK is a dance based on communal interactions and collective drive performed to a propulsive musical score.

Overview

PACK will be an hour long dance piece, choreographed by Jessica Gaynor, set to a new musical score by Quentin Tolimieri. Dancers will be company members Emily Diers, Ariel Lembeck, Caroline Nelson and Jordan Risdon. Lighting design by longtime collaborator Andrew Dickerson. The evening-length work was scheduled to premiere June 2020, but will be rescheduled for 2021, at Triskelion Arts, a dance theater in Brooklyn, New York.

PACK is a work based on communal interactions and collective drive. The movers assemble, cluster, collect, give space, and exert themselves physically and emotionally in order to form a stronger center. The piece investigates systems of support and community building among individuals. From a distance this pack appears blurred and non-specific. The individuals merge into a single mass, a collective, driven rhythmically and energetically. Upon closer viewing, each body comes into form. There is constant juxtaposition and interplay between the group and the individual, form and response. Inspired by repetitive tasks performed by insects, assembly workers, and athletes, PACK explores the power of collectivity.

Composer Quentin Tolimieri and choreographer Jessica Gaynor have been collaborating informally since they met at California Institute of the Arts in 2002. They began a more formal collaborative artistic practice in 2015, with the premiere of “Free Fall” at Danspace Project, St. Marks Church (NYC). In 2016, their collaboration developed with the premiere of “The Location of Figures” also at Danspace Project, St. Marks Church.

In 2017, Gaynor re-examined her artistic practice and process. She stepped back from the large-scale productions, and began to focus on developing a more personal movement vocabulary. During this research, Tolimieri and Gaynor began working together in the studio on a music and dance duo, which led them to re-examine their approach to developing work in a more equal partnership. Their newest piece PACK will be a direct result of this collaboration.

PACK was set in motion during a three-week residency in March 2019 and developed in the studio with the dancers. A work-in-progress showing of the 14-minute piece took place in June 2019 at Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC), accompanied by Tolimieri on piano, followed by an outdoor performance on Governor’s Island and a performance in Triskelion Arts’ Summer Fest in July 2019.

The company will be Resident Artists at Triskelion Arts, developing PACK into a full evening-length work, to be premiered in 2021. The rehearsal residency in the theater at Triskelion Arts will allow the company time and space to fully explore PACK. Support from New Music USA will provide Jessica Gaynor Dance with the funding and resources necessary to experiment both creatively and technically during the rehearsal process. This opportunity, to work intensively on a collaborative piece with all of the artists and collaborators involved, will have a great impact on Gaynor and Tolimieri’s artistic vision. During the residency at Triskelion Arts, the company will offer open rehearsals and workshops for the community.

Project Media

PACK
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This is a work-in-progress excerpt from the proposed project PACK. This excerpt was created in 2019 and presented in an informal studio showing at Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC) in June 2019. (The music begins at 00:36)
PACK will be developed into an evening-length piece for performances at Triskelion Arts June 18-20, 2020. Jessica Gaynor Dance will be the Resident Artist at Triskelion Arts from March-June 2020 leading up to the premiere. The music in this video is performed live by collaborator Quentin Tolimieri.

The Location of Figures
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Choreography: Jessica Gaynor
Music: Quentin Tolimieri
Lighting Design: Andrew Dickerson
Premiere: Danspace Project, St. Mark’s Church (NYC) April 2016

This is an example of an evening-length piece that choreographer Jessica Gaynor, composer Quentin Tolimieri and lighting designer Andrew Dickerson collaborated on. Also in the video are PACK dancers: Emily Diers, Ariel Lembeck and Jordan Risdon.

Free Fall
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Choreography: Jessica Gaynor
Music: Quentin Tolimieri
Lighting Design: Andrew Dickerson
Performance: Danspace Project, St. Mark’s Church (NYC) June 2015
Premiere: Triskelion Arts November 2014

This is an example of an evening-length piece that choreographer Jessica Gaynor, composer Quentin Tolimieri and lighting designer Andrew Dickerson collaborated on. Tolimieri composed and recorded music for this piece, as well as accompanied it live on piano. Also in the video is PACK dancer Emily Diers.

Start and End Dates

01/01/202108/31/2021

Location

Brooklyn, New York

Project Created By

Brooklyn, New York
Jessica Gaynor, hailed for her “risk-laden” (DIY Dancer) choreography and “sophisticated approach to pure dance,” (The New Yorker), is inspired by kinetic physicality, intricate patterning, and formal structures in an exploration of the complexities of human experience. Her company, Jessica Gaynor Dance, has premiered twenty works, including eight evening length pieces, at venues across the…

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Composer
Brooklyn, New York
Lighting Designer
Brooklyn, New York

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