Fall 2017: A Letter from Judy Hussie-Taylor
September 27, 2017
Last year Danspace Project’s resonant Platform 2016: Lost & Found explored the impact of the AIDS epidemic on dance artists from the 1980s to the present. One of the many positive by-products of guest-curated Platforms is that it provides an opportunity to work with new artists. Brother(hood) Dance!, Jasmine Hearn, and Mariana Valencia were among the 100 plus artists who performed and participated in Lost & Found. We’ve invited them back to create new work this fall!
Danspace is devoted to supporting artists working experimentally in dance and performance. That is why we have a long-standing commitment to developing new work and why 90% of our season is comprised of premieres. We support artists at all stages and ages, but are particularly proud of how many brilliant artists we’ve supported early in their careers. Our production residencies and commissions provide support that helps artists leap further into their radical ideas and transformative visions. This fall, we have commissioned a total of 8 new pieces including first-time commissions by J’Sun Howard, Gillian Walsh, and André M. Zachery.
Simone Forti, Steve Paxton, and Yvonne Rainer will perform Tea for Three, their collaborative evening of performance and conversation. Although they have known each other for over 50 years—they were three of only five students in the very first Robert Dunn workshops in 1960—Tea for Three is, remarkably, their first collaboration as a trio, and was first performed last fall at The Box gallery in Los Angeles. Forti will also teach two of her signature “Body Mind World” workshops at Danspace.
Please mark your calendars for a Community Memorial Honoring the Life and Work of Trisha Brown on October 28. Trisha was a Danspace Project Board member, Gala Honoree, regular audience member, and a beloved member of our community. Her company members, colleagues, and admirers will speak, dance, reminisce, and celebrate one of our history’s greatest influencers. All are welcome.
Hope to see you this fall!
Executive Director & Chief Curator