Conversations Without Walls – Danspace Project
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Conversations Without Walls

John Bernd, 1980s, NYC. Photo by Dona Ann McAdams.

Saturday, May 20, 12-5pm

An afternoon of screenings, discussion, dance, and context to illuminate Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd, which opens the following week.

Choreographers/co-directors Miguel Gutierrez and Ishmael Houston-Jones, musician Nick Hallett, curator/research specialist Kristin Juarez, and others will reflect on the process of making this work and explore Bernd’s vast archive.

Gutierrez and Juarez will explore the creative process in relation to engaging with, and enlivening, Bernd’s archive. Hallett will illuminate Bernd’s musical influences and his original compositions and vocalizations in his choreography. Houston-Jones will address the challenges of collaging Bernd’s work from the 1980s into a new piece for the 21st Century. The afternoon will include an excerpt from Variations… by performers Raha Behnam, Toni Carlson, Alvaro Gonzalez, Charles Gowin, Kris Lee, Johnnie Cruise Mercer, and Alex Rodabaugh.


12pm Doors Open (Parish Hall)
12:30pm Welcome from Judy Hussie-Taylor (Parish Hall)
12:40pm Kristin Juarez (Parish Hall)
1pm Ishmael Houston-Jones, Miguel Gutierrez, Nick Hallett, and Kristin Juarez in conversation (Parish Hall)
2:15pm Nick Hallett: Re-archiving John Bernd’s music (Parish Hall)
3-3:30pm John Bernd Archival Video on view (Sanctuary)
3:30pm Ishmael Houston-Jones & performers (Sanctuary)
4:30pm Conversation and Q&A (Sanctuary)

Food and drinks will be available throughout the day.


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