Rambler, Worlds Worlds A Part
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Music of Rambler, Worlds Worlds A Part receives 2019 Bessie Nomination
…kind of blurry but the nominating citation for outstanding sound design/musical composition reads: “Joseph Kubera and Adam Tendler for interpretation of music of Julius Eastman and M. Lamar for original composition inspired by Eastman for Rambler, Worlds World A Part by Kathy Westwater at New York Live Arts”. So very proud and grateful. Congratulations and thanks to these three magnificent artists of Rambler, and to all who made it—Joseph, Adam, and Lamar M Lamar , and also Ilona Bito, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Alex Romania, Rakia Seaborn, Paul Singh, Stacy Lynn Smith, Melanie George, Roderick Murray, Jae Lee, and especially Julius Eastman. And thank you Bessies Selection and Steering Committees.
Choreographer Kathy Westwater’s latest evening-length work Rambler, Worlds Worlds A Part, explores pain and the body, including the pain of others. Having begun this exploration 20+ years ago, in this latest investigation Westwater invites dance artists in the work to consider their personal experiences of pain and trauma. While contemplating if it is possible to fully express the experience of one’s own pain — and its opposite, bliss — or to fully grasp that of others, the cast of dancers responds to and celebrates the profound music of post-minimalist composer Julius Eastman.
Rambler, Worlds Worlds A Part is commissioned by Lumberyard, co-presented by Lumberyard and New York Live Arts, and premiered at New York Live Arts (NYLA) February 14, 15 & 16, 2019.
Rambler, … will feature dancers Ilona Bito, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Rakia Seaborn, Paul Singh, Stacy Lynn Smith, Alex Romania, and Westwater. The performances at New York Live Arts featured live piano by Joseph Kubera, a longtime collaborator of Julius Eastman—as well as of Merce Cunningham and other iconic experimental artists—and the “exuberantly expressive”(Los Angeles Times) Adam Tendler, plus a special appearance by musician and composer M. Lamar,who played an original composition in tribute to Eastman with his characteristic “visionary verve” (New York Times). Additional collaborating artists are architect Seung Jae Lee as set designer, lighting designer Roderick Murray, and dramaturg Melanie George.
Lamar’s work crosses opera, metal, performance, video, sculpture and installation to craft sprawling narratives of radical becomings. As a contemporary composer, the aesthetics and concerns of Julius Eastman – a black, queer, avant-garde artist – are central to Lamar’s work as well.
With Ramber… Westwater and her collaborators aim to illuminate the subtle and intangible as well as the pronounced and visible demarcations within and between worlds.
Start and End Dates
02/14/2019 — 02/16/2019
New York, New York