Each year, students have the opportunity to work with guest artists in an intensive rehearsal process, presenting a re-staged or new dance in a public performance. Recent guest artists include Sarah Michelson, Eiko Otake, John Jasperse, luciana achugar, and representatives from the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Upcoming guest artists will include Ishmael Houston Jones (Spring 2017) and Reggie Wilson (Spring 2018).
Through these intensive experiences, students explore varied ways of making and staging dances. They also consider multiple understandings of embodiment and of virtuosity.
Trisha Brown Restaging Project, Glacial Decoy Multiples - 2016
with Iréne Hultman
Glacial Decoy from 1979 is Trisha Brown’s first proscenium choreography. Glacial Decoy consists of an opening duet, a middle duet and a final quartet. In her restaging for the Lang students former Trisha Brown Company member Iréne Hultman omitted the middle duet and reworked the opening duet and quartet. Glacial Decoy Quartet Multiples is performed without the original sets and costumes by Robert Rauschenberg. Instead, through an exciting collaborative project with Parsons School of Fashion, costumes for the Trisha Brown Restaging Project were created by students from Parson’s Creative Technical Studio Classes taught by Andrea Katz in the BFA in Fashion Program.
Trisha Brown, one of the most important innovators of dance to emerge from the postmodern era, first came to public notice when she began showing her work with the Judson Dance Theater in the 1960s. Along with like-minded artists including Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton, and Simone Forte, she pushed the limits of what could be considered appropriate movement for choreography thereby changing modern dance forever.
Sarah Michelson - 2015
During this guest residency, students worked alongside Sarah Michelson as she "struggled to once again consider how to make a dance." The residency investigated how the execution possibilities of seemingly simple and stark movement can raise important questions regarding work ethics, industry, labor, aesthetics, ego and performance. Lang students grappled alongside Michelson with "what could be worthy or important enough to replace emptiness." The developed work was presented in a completion event in Studio 001, the on-campus studio in which the course met throughout the semester.
This project marked the final of a three-course engagement with Michelson and her work and working methods: through a Studio Research course, a Choreographic Research course, and finally this Guest Residency.
Eiko - 2014
Private Body / Public Place
Eiko worked with Lang students on a movement installation performed by students in the lobby of Parsons, The New School for Design on Fifth Avenue at 13th Street. On April 14 and 21, 2014 each student chose a window and made a commitment to be seen for two hours.
Two weeks later the students performed a movement installation, A Nuisance, in the lobby of New York Live Arts while the audience arrived for the Lang Dance Spring performances. For the NYLA performances Eiko asked the students: "Do you dare to be a nuisance, while attending to your own blooming?"
John Jasperse - 2013
Trisha Brown Restaging Project - Line Up with Talking plus Motors - 2012
with Carolyn Lucas, Cori Olinghouse, and Laurel Tentindo
This restaging project used Line Up (1976) as a choreographic frame to examine principles and choreographic forms from Trisha Brown’s creative legacy, drawing from Set and Reset, Locus, Water Motor and Line Up, among other works. The working process involved "conjuring" some of Brown’s impulses and strategies from over the years as resources for the students to develop their own creative practices. What emerged was a creative dialogue between the Trisha Brown Dance Company - TBDC Choreographic Assistant and former dancer Carolyn Lucas, TBDC Archivist and former dancer Cori Olinghouse, and former TBDC dancer Laurel Tentindo - and students from the Eugene Lang College.
Luciana Achugar - 2011
Every breath we take, every move we make, you'll be watching us...
photos © Frank Mullaney