Event Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 7:30 pm
Dance Performance and Conversation with Karole Armitage, Presented by Harvard Art Museums and WBUR
Dancers from Armitage Gone! Dance and Harvard University students will perform a short dance inspired by the exhibition, “Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia,” in the Calderwood Courtyard of Harvard Art Museums. The dance will be performed to “Didjerilayover,” a composition by Stuart Dempster, featuring the evocative harmonics of the traditional Aboriginal instrument, the Didjeridu, which Mr. Dempster introduced to the US.
Following the performance, choreographer Karole Armitage will be in conversation with Lisa Mullins, host of WBUR’s All Things Considered. The talk will take place in Menschel Hall, on the Lower Level. Guests can enjoy a light reception after the talk and have an opportunity to view the “Everywhen“ exhibition.
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About Karole Armitage, 2015-2016 Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study:
Karole Armitage is the 2015–16 Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. As a Radcliffe Fellow, Armitage is exploring ways to bring the unique point of view of indigenous cultures into contemporary performance, focusing on Aboriginal cultures of the Kimberley region in Australia and Plains Indian tribes in the United States. Collaborating with thinkers from inside and outside the academy—including from Haskell Indian Nations University—Armitage will focus on other ways of being, thinking, and orienting the self on the earth.
Artistic director of the New York–based Armitage Gone! Dance Company, Armitage is renowned for pushing boundaries to create works that blend dance, music, science, and art to engage in philosophical questions about the search for meaning. Armitage movement looks spontaneous despite its rigorous craftsmanship. Concepts such as “cubism in motion” are applied to group patterns, creating several vantage points so that movement is seen from multiple perspectives, angles, and levels, with planes bleeding into each other. The steps are based on calligraphy and fractal geometry (that of clouds, mountains, seashores), creating a sinuous, curvilinear vocabulary unlike the Euclidian geometry of dance tradition. The dancers share a common purpose but do not dance in unison, producing a funky, democratic individuality with lyricism punctuated by raw, visceral accents.
Photo: Megumi Eda, from Armitage Gone! Dance Company. Photo © Julieta Cervantes.