Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd (reprisal)
Thursday, May 25, 7:30pm
Friday, May 26, 7:30pm
Saturday, May 27, 7:30pm
Thursday, June 1, 7:30pm
Friday, June 2, 7:30pm (ASL will be provided this evening)
Saturday, June 3, 7:30pm
The Bessie Award-winning Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd returns to Danspace Project for a six-performance reprisal. Variations…premiered at Danspace Project in 2016, serving as the centerpiece of the historic Platform 2016: Lost & Found, curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones & Will Rawls. Co-directed by Ishmael Houston-Jones & Miguel Gutierrez with music by Nick Hallett, Variations… reconstructs dances, images, collages, themes, and excerpts from choreographer/dancer John Bernd’s (1953-1988) body of work to interrogate the effects of his loss on work made today.
Inspired, in part, by Bernd and the work of other New York dance makers who died during the first 15 years of the AIDS crisis, 1981-1996, Platform 2016: Lost & Found investigated the ongoing impact of HIV/AIDS and explored models of kin-making and caretaking by LGBTQ+ and BIPOC artists. The title was taken from Bernd’s trio of dances entitled Lost and Found, first performed at Danspace Project in 1982.
Performed by: Raha Behnam, Toni Carlson, Alvaro Gonzalez, Charles Gowin, Kris Lee, Johnnie Cruise Mercer, and Alex Rodabaugh.
Want to know more about John Bernd and the making of this work? Join us on May 20 for Conversations Without Walls with Gutierrez, Houston-Jones, Hallett, Kristin Juarez, and the performers!
Accessibility for this performance:
American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided on Friday, June 2.
BACK IN STOCK! Lost and Found: Dance, New York, HIV/ AIDS, Then and Now! This catalogue accompanies Danspace Project’s Platform 2016: Lost and Found curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones and Will Rawls, which hosted the premiere of Variations on Themes from Lost and Found...
Edited by Jaime Shearn Coan, Ishmael Houston-Jones, and Will Rawls. Contributors include: Penny Arcade, Marc Arthur, C.Carr, Douglas Crimp, Travis Chamberlain, DarkMatter, Nan Goldin, Brenda Dixon Gottschild, Neil Greenberg, Bill T. Jones, Deborah Jowitt, John Kelly, Theodore Kerr, Kia Labeija, Eileen Myles, Pamela Sneed, Sally Sommer, Sarah Schulman, Tseng Kwong Chi, and Muna Tseng.