The Dream of the Audience – Danspace Project

The Dream of the Audience

Catalogue cover: On a beige background, The Dream of the Audience, Platform 2021-2022, Danspace Project. In the center is a photograph of an art object, a cluster of knotted hair-ties adorned with colorful plastic balls.


Paperback: 122 pages

Size: 7 x 10 in

Published: 2022
Edited by Seta Morton & Judy Hussie-Taylor
Designed by Judith Walker
Published by Danspace Project
Price: $25 / $20 Danspace Project Member Pricing (includes shipping)

Danspace Project’s PLATFORM 2021: The Dream of the Audience and PLATFORM 2022: The Dream of the Audience (Part II), curated by Judy Hussie-Taylor, mark the 14th and 15th Platforms to date in Danspace’s signature and most anticipated series. Since its inception in 2010, Platforms have resulted in multifaceted performances, public programs, and publications that provide rich context and deep connections for artists and audiences. Platform 2021: The Dream of the Audience was a virtual Platform, designed to allow artists to work safely during a pandemic and reflect upon the current moment through new film commissions. The featured artists were all past Platform curators, each with long-standing relationships to Danspace: Eiko Otake with Joan Jonas, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Reggie Wilson, and Okwui Okpokwasili. Platform 2022: The Dream of the Audience (Part II) features new live and in-person premieres by artists, mayfield brooks, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, iele paloumpis, and Ogemdi Ude. Platform 2022 delves into ancestral explorations, connections, and disconnections, as well as accessibility, and disability aesthetics, sustainable relationships to land, site, and water, and how these connections find their way into the artists’ choreographic work. This publication was written to both reflect on Platform 2021 and anticipate Platform 2022 with written contributions by the artists, Hussie-Taylor, and Writer-in-Residence, Maura Nguyen Donohue. Both Platforms, inspired by a 1977 poem by the late artist and writer, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982), wherein she addresses the audience “as if a distant relative.” Both Platforms, built on impossible questions during precarious times.

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