Netta Yerushalmy – USA | MOVEMENT
MOVEMENT synthesizes over one hundred citations from an expansive range of dances across genres and cultures. It is a radical quilt of borrowed material that stretches the idea of pluralism until it almost snaps.The project features a new score by award-winning composer Paula Matthusen and is performed by dancers hailing from Korea, Senegal, Israel, Taiwan, and across the USA.
MOVEMENT is a continuation of Yerushamly’s practice of repurposing, reorienting, and re-contextualizing dance, spinning fragments of seemingly unrelated works into an enthralling new whole. This new maximalist performance shines light on dance as an inevitable and unifying force in a brittle and confused world.
This piece follows Yerushalmy’s last major work, PARAMODERNITIES, a six-part series generated through reverently and violently dissecting iconic modern choreographies, provoking dynamic conversations with the troubled legacies of the past. Following the work’s premiere, Dance Magazine wrote an article titled “Netta Yerushalmy is changing our view of modern masterpieces.”
Netta Yerushalmy is an award winning choreographer and performer based in New York City since 2000. Her work aims to engage with audiences by imparting the sensation of things as they are perceived, not as they are known, and to challenge how meaning is attributed and constructed. Her aesthetic and ethical commitment is to generating questions rather than answers.
Most recently recognized with a 2022 United States Artists Fellowship, Netta has also been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, Princeton Arts Fellowship, Research Fellowship from New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, New York City Center Choreography Fellowship, Jerome Robbins Bogliasco Fellowship, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants-to-Artists Award, National Dance Project Grant, LMCC’s Extended Life, Six Points Fellowship, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.
She has created more than one hundred dances including PARAMODERNITIES (Jacob’s Pillow/ NYLA/LMCC co-commission, 2018), IN CONVERSATION WITH MERCE (Cunningham Centennial, NYU/Skirball, 2019), LIKE LITHOS (Guggenheim Museum, 2019), NORWEGIA (Ririe Woodbury, 2015), HELGA AND THE THREE SAILORS (Danspace Project, 2014, Joyce Theater 2015), PICTOGRAMS (American Dance Festival, 2014/ Alvin Ailey Foundation remount, 2018), THE WORK OF DANCE (HAU Berlin, 2013), DEVOURING DEVOURING (LaMama, 2012), ROOMS WITHOUT A VIEW (Harkness Dance Festival & Danspace Project, 2009), DISPOSITIF (Curtain Up Festival /Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance, 2006).
A new work by: Netta Yerushalmy
Created with and performed by: Burr Johnson, Catie Leasca, Christopher Ralph, Caitlin Scranton, Jin Ju Song-Begin, Hsiao-Jou Tang, Khalifa Babacar Top
Original Music: Paula Matthusen
Dramaturgy: Katherine Profeta
Lighting Design: Tuçe Yasak
Costumes: Magdalena Jarkowiec
Stage Management: Amanda Eno
Produced with: Miranda Wright, Los Angeles Performance Practice.
MOVEMENT is co-commissioned by PEAK Performances at Montclair State (NJ). This project was created, in part, at The Yard, an artist residency and performance center dedicated to contemporary dance and related arts, with additional development support from a New York City Center Choreography Fellowship, Dance Initiative, Miami Light Project, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC). Support for MOVEMENT came from DanceNYC, New Music USA, NYSCA, The O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, Harkness Foundation, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. MOVEMENT was developed in residence at the Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University.
Produced for Broadcast and Online Streaming by Montclair State University (NJ) for PEAK Performances.
MOVEMENT is produced by and managed with Los Angeles Performance Practice / performancepractice.org
Photo: Marina Levitskaya