Douglas Dunn Solo (1973) (60 minutes)

Monday through Saturday, April 2,3,4,5,6,7

541 Broadway - Third floor

Doors open at 7:00 - Curtain at 8:00

Time Out - It was a pivotal year for Dunn. He was thirty-one. He had left the Cunningham Company in the spring of 1973. Grand Union was sporadically continuing. He had danced duet concerts with Sara Rudner, David Gordon, and Pat Catterson, here and there had also presented short solos on mixed programs. What now? He wrote: "I'm in turmoil. It's a question of confidence. These theatrical scenes running around in my head, for years. If I can bring them to life as an evening-length solo, my dance-heart will strengthen, I will persevere. If not, retreat to shyest corner is likely." The piece premiered at The Westbeth Theater, NYC, December 4,5. Parts of the solo were then included in a collage of '70s work at Dance New Amsterdam in 2007. Dunn says: "It's character work. There's hardly any dancing in it. I think I can do it. One last foray. The mature version."



New work for nine dancers (60 minutes)

Monday through Saturday, April 23,24,25,26,27,28

541 Broadway - Third floor

Doors open at 7:00 - Curtain at 8:00

Tandem - Performers: Douglas Dunn, Jules Bakshi, Alexandra Berger, Emily Pope, Jin Ju Song-Begin, Paul Singh, Jake Szczypek, Timothy Ward, Christopher Williams. Dunn writes: "The new piece imagines wide space. You look out over a savannah, turning your head. What's going on over to the left, what's going on over to the right? In the studio, audience will sit against the brick wall, allowing maximum sideways stretch. The title? With bodies, singly or together, one thing must follow another. While working, I consider this limitation an opportunity."


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Sometimes a completed step or dance suggests, by associative similarity or difference, or by a strange, anti-associative triggering, the direction of a next step or dance: seeing a lake, one thinks of an ocean, then a mud flat, then a desert, then a spindle.

Excerpt from Dancer Out of Sight,
The Collected Writings of Douglas Dunn

Image credit Left to Right:

Forest Fever, Photo by Susan Dunn, 1983; Cassations, Photo by Jacob Burckhardt, 2012

Dancers Left to Right:

Douglas Dunn; Gabriella Hiatt, Miguel Anaya, Grazia Della-Terza


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