RoseAnne Spradlin Project, “Y”
The Latest Update
video link: “Y” (full-length)
“Y” premiered at New York Live Arts in New York City in September/October, 2018, running for six performances over two weeks. Y is the culminating project of RoseAnne Spradlin’s two-year residency as Randjelovic/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist at New York Live Arts.
The Cast: Ainesh Madan, Annie Heath, Athena Malloy, Connor Voss, Doug LeCours, EmmaGrace Skove-Epes, Claire Westby and Thomas Welsh-Huggins.
The live sound score was created by Glen Fogel and Ben Manley. See Glen’s update below for more info on the creation of the live sound.
The lighting design was created by Roderick Murray.
Costumes were designed and created by Connor Voss.
Costumes Update: Sept 15, 2018
Dancer Connor Voss has designed and constructed costumes in pale shades of white, pink, blue, grey and tan for the eight-person cast of “Y”. Black belts and briefs add a strong element of contrast to the pastel shades.
Sound update for Y
Glen Fogel here, RoseAnne’s production and sound designer for “Y”. Instead of making a musical score for “Y”using instruments, I have conceived of a score made from the sound of the dance itself. The theater will be fitted with 6 mics on the stage and 2 hanging from the lighting grid, surrounding the dancers. The amplified live sound will be spatialized for the audience in surround sound, creating an intimate, visceral experience of the performance. In addition to the sound of the dance, controlled feedback and reverb will add depth to the acoustic field. In essence, we will be using the stage as an instrument.
To accomplish the sound concept, we’ve hired an incredible audio engineer, Ben Manley. We did a test with him in the theater earlier in the summer and the results were stunning. He’ll be supplying the gear to make it happen and will also contribute creatively to the development of the sound during our upcoming tech rehearsals.
Attached is an image of some of the gear from the test a couple months ago…
First draft of some costume possibilities. Dancer Connor Voss is designing and constructing the costumes for the new work Y. These were his first draft costumes; he has since gone to a light palate and more crisp shapes. Will post another update soon!
Lead artists RoseAnne Spradlin (Choreography), Glen Fogel (Art Direction and Sound Score), Ben Manley (Audio Engineer and Sound Design) and Roderick Murray (Lighting Design) will work together with a cast of eight dancers to create the new evening-length work , Y,which will premier in New York City in September 2018. The performers are Ainesh Madan, Annie Heath, Athena Malloy, Claire Westby, Connor Voss, Doug LeCours, EmmaGrace Skove-Epes and Thomas Welsh-Huggins. Y is commissioned by New York Live Arts. The artists have received a month-long rehearsal residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center in Manhattan in April/May 2018. Rehearsals will continue through the spring and summer; the work will premier at New York Live Arts in New York City with performances Sept 27, 28, & 29 and Oct. 4, 5 & 6 at 7:30 PM.
Y is informed and inspired in part by “Talking with Tony Smith” an article by Samuel J. Wagstaff Jr., published in Artforum in December, 1966. In his interview with Wagstaff, Smith recounts a hauntingly sublime visual/kinesthetic experience that changed his art:
When I was teaching at Cooper Union in the first year or two of the ’50s, someone told me how I could get on to the unfinished New Jersey Turnpike. I took three students and drove from somewhere in the Meadows to New Brunswick. It was a dark night and there were no lights or shoulder markers, lines, railings or anything at all except the dark pavement moving through the landscape of the flats, rimmed by hills in the distance, but punctuated by stacks, towers, fumes and colored lights. This drive was a revealing experience. The road and much of the landscape was artificial, and yet it couldn’t be called a work of art. On the other hand, it did something for me that art had never done….
The experience on the road was something mapped out but not socially recognized. I thought to myself, it ought to be clear that’s the end of art. Most paintings look pretty pictorial after that. There is no way you can frame it, you just have to experience it.
As artists, we continue to crave experiences that take us to new places, Artists may especially seek out experiences that upend perceptions, that push past a sense of known boundaries. In the 1960’s artists explored boundaries around notions of form and notions of scale; monumental art’s relationship to time, space and the body played out in open spaces .
Today we might ask – not only – how far can we go, what can a body do? But we may also ask: “what is a body?” and what does it mean? Spradlin’s work has long explored the female body and sexuality. Fogels work pushes strongly on the boundaries around sexual identity and dialogues through many channels about definitions of masculinity, self-possession and love. The artists working together on Y want to explore a new body, a body under the stars, free, willing to move, ready to go. But to where?
RoseAnne Spradlin’s “X” was created in 2016 in collaboration with its three performers, Asli Bulbul, Kayvon Pourazar and Connor Voss, and multi-media artist Glen Fogel, who in this instance created the sound score. Joe Levasseur designed the lighting. “X” explores themes of isolation, discipline and labor. Artistic sources that inspired or influenced the mise en scène and choreographies for “X” include the plays of Samual Beckett and the movies of Claire Denis. “X” was presented as part of New York Quadrille at the Joyce Theater in NYC.
Start and End Dates
09/27/2018 — 10/06/2018
New York, New York