DD Dorvillier/human future dance corps continues with MANCC to develop two new works, Diary of an Image, and A catalogue of steps. While in residence, Dorvillier will work on finalizing audio elements for Diary of an Image and movement generation for A catalogue of steps.
These two works will constitute the spine of a four week platform dedicated to the choreographer’s work and practice, at St. Mark’s Church in Spring 2014. The Danspace invitation provoked an important reflection on some key issues for Dorvillier, such as: the counter-purposes of a dance archive, the shifting identity of a choreographic work over time, the value of a dance, the choreographer as a social image. At times these works seem to behave with retrospective or historic intentions, but ultimately they show themselves as entirely new works.
Diary of an Image playfully contends with the question of how image, or an image, is produced and functions, what images are inadvertently produced through an abstract choreography, how are images used internally to feed a dance. Dorvillier’s approach considers the significance of St. Mark’s Church, architecturally and as an historic cultural venue. Dorvillier hopes to capture the context, the space of St. Mark’s Church, with the piece, and transpose it to other situations, to produce a flexible work that responds and accumulates new information, architectures, and histories along the way.
A catalogue of steps is a conceptual reframing of all the choreographic content culled from videos of Dorvillier’s work from 1990 to 2004. This performable catalogue of anti-archival choreographic fragments is manifested physically by a group of dancers: Katerina Andreou, Oren Barnoy, and Nibia Pastrana. Live presentations are organized into visits. Each visit, lasting from 25 minutes to an hour, is unique to each site where the catalogue is hosted. A visit corresponds to a collection of fragments, classified using a taxonomy that Dorvillier and her collaborators have invented to organize the catalogue.
During her Fall MANCC residency, Dorvillier and her collaborators participated in a panel with FSU Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies, Dr. Daniel Sack, in FSU’s historic Dodd Hall, which allowed them the opportunity to examine elements of the work in another historically significant space.
Danspace Project will present Diary of an Image as a month long platform May 22 – June 15, 2014.
The residency is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
4/14 Scholar Engagement
Dr. Daniel Sack, FSU Assistant Professor in Theatre
Performers: Katerina Andreou, Oren Barnoy, Nibia Pastrana
Composer: Zeena Parkins
DD Dorvillier b. Puerto Rico, 1967. Choreographer and performer DD Dorvillier has been developing her work and practice in New York City since 1989. In 2010 she moved to France and has continued to elaborate her work internationally. Through her original contemporary works DD Dorvillier has always challenged pre-established definitions, including her own, of dance and choreography. By building works through physical and philosophical approaches Dorvillier addresses issues of spectatorship, translation, and meaningfulness, in a playful yet urgent manner.
She has received Bessie Awards for choreography (Dressed for Floating 2003) and performance (Parades & Changes, replays 2010). In 1991 she and dancer/choreographer Jennifer Monson created the Matzoh Factory in Brooklyn New York, there home and studio for over a decade. The Matzoh Factory was a grassroots site for wild experimentation where choreographers and artists congregated for low-tech/low-cost shows, rehearsals, parties, and readings. She has worked with: Jennifer Monson, Zeena Parkins, Jennifer Lacey, Yvonne Meier, and Sarah Michelson, among others. She has been an MR Artist in Residence, curator of the MR Festival, and co-editor the MR Performance Journals “Release”.
With her company human future dance corps Dorvillier has been presented and commissioned in New York by PS 122, The Kitchen, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, and Movement Research, among others, with residencies at New York Live Arts, Movement Research, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and MANCC in Tallahassee Florida. Her work has been supported by The Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund, Creative Capital, Live Music for Dance, James E. Robison Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Foundation for the Arts. Dorvillier received The Foundation for Contemporary Arts Fellowship in 2007, The Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2009, and most recently, the Doris Duke Artist Award in 2013.