FIGURE GROUND is a movement and media work performed at Eden’s Expressway in SoHo NYC as part of movement research’s Open Performance Series. This video is documentation of its first performance.
The work is based on the Second Tableau (The Sacrifice) of the Joffrey Ballet/Millicent Hodson’s 1987 reconstruction of the “original” Nijinsky choreography/Roerich costume and set design for the 1913 Ballet Russe production of Le Sacre du Printemps.
At the core of this piece is a cyclical dynamic of transitioning figure and ground relationships. Ritual, sacrifice, mystery, earth, the heroic, politics of gender and technology, death and renewal are embodied by the integration, camouflaging, and collision of different musics, times, materials, cultural forms, and media.
Materials: original and found sound and video, paper, string, choreography and dance.
Festa Della Bruna
US soldiers getting manicures
Beethoven Op. 132, Budapest Quartet