In 2012 I decided to create a year of tribute to my dance world, a world I thought I left but never did. The year 2012 marked my 25th year of being back in New York City and living as a professional artist, so it was my 25th anniversary year, and the piece became my farewell/comeback tour. I worked on the meta-performance of being a dancer and a dance-maker — foregrounding the performance of the process, putting the labor of the making of the performance on equal ground with the culminating performance moment. I acted as an embedded ethnographer in the world I know, a participant-observer living within and analyzing simultaneously. Much of the year was spent experimenting with, and culminated with, performance based on The Pronouns: 40 Dances for the Dancers, a book by my father, Jackson Mac Low
For some writing about the origins of this idea, go to Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence
A Year in Dance
Data analysis as an art experience. A website, a book and six short videos.
40 Dancers do 40 Dances for the Dancers
The audience was invited to participate: Audience with the Audience page.
Bringing together a large, eclectic group of friends and colleagues to construct a series of performances based on The Pronouns: A Collection of 40 Dances for the Dancers, a book of performance instruction poems written by poet/composer/multi-media artist Jackson Mac Low, in celebration of what would have been his 90th birthday. The piece was a celebration of my father’s work, a love letter to my dance community, and the recreation of a child’s-eye view of the 1970s New York “avant garde” arts world. There was a special guest appearance by Simone Forti, performing with Nuclei for Simone Forti, the original instruction poems that eventually developed into The Pronouns.
Sept. 13-15, 2012
Presented by the Danspace Project
Presented in collaboration with the Poetry Project
Pronouns cover photo: Peter Moore, C. Mac Low photo: Patrick McGrath
The Year of Dance so far:
The Pronouns (Experiment #2)
June 9, 2012
Mount Tremper Arts
“As Good As She Was Beautiful”
Recreating a work by Molly Rabinowitz from 1987
Wesleyan University Reunion
May 26, 2012
Scores with Yvonne Meier
8 PM May 6, 2012
BigSkyWorks 29 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY
Feb. 4, 2012
As the beginning of a year of tributes to my community, dance and otherwise, I performed short improvisation scores from dance luminaries Jennifer Monson, Yvonne Meier, and Linda Austin. I used my connection to the living artists who influenced my earliest development to re-discover the past through physical autobiography.