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Hangman Takuzo

If you love dance you probably chose it because dance disappears the moment it is executed. You cannot own dance. Dance is a permanently vacant lot, a beautiful space you cannot possess.

Editor’s Note

What does choreography look like on the page? The question came out of an email exchange with Aynsley Vandenbroucke, who suggested I see about answering it here.

An Imaginary Education in the History of Written Dances

George Balanchine would type in black and white. The words would be classical with modern, jazzy moments, all laid out in a symmetrical fashion. The letters would be very thin.


There are fish that live in very deep, very cold rivers. Their taste is strong, pungent, oily. They are caught in weighted traps that fall then rest somewhere near the muddy bottom.

Kennis Hawkins

Kennis Hawkins lives in Brooklyn and makes performances and photographs about selfhood, fancy, and the ever-triumphant body. She is one half of the performance duo Dance Gang. For fun, she draws portraits of her friends from memory.

Some Experiments, Curiously Intertwined, on Time, the Body, and the Nature of What I Do Over Here

The following is a speech I gave over Skype from Vienna, Austria, to an audience in New York City. I was asked by CCR (the Center for Creative Research) to weigh in on ideas of practice.

Four drawing/collages for duet with Kayvon

Juliette Mapp is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is on the faculty of the New School and has an ongoing teaching practice at Movement Research in New York and P.A.R.T.S in Brussels. Juliette’s choreography has been presented throughout New York City and

The Minotaur

Karinne Keithley Syers has made many dances, plays, songs, videos, but more things in-between dances, plays, songs, and videos. This line dance is to be performed as a way of sending cosmic energy to the semi-fictional Linda, the star of her weekly serialized novella continuing from now until November at

Electric Midlife

Beth Gill is a Brooklyn-based artist, who makes contemporary dance and performance in New York City. Since graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2003 she has accumulated a body of work that critically examines issues relating to the fields of contemporary dance and performance studies, through an ongoing exploration of aesthetics and perception.

All the Props in My Basement

Annie-B Parson is Artistic Director of Big Dance Theater. In November, Big Dance will perform Supernatural Wife at BAM, which premiered in France this past spring. Big Dance is currently working on a new play by Sibyl Kempson. Parson is also choreographing an opera by Nico Muhly, as well as a piece by David Byrne called Here Lies Love.


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