Living Legacy | October 31 - November 16, 2016
Dumbo Redacted/Elizabeth, the dance
Living Legacy Artist Ann Carlson returned to MANCC for her third residency to continue to develop Dumbo Redacted, a solo performance work that builds upon her celebrated Animal series and was the focus of her prior residency in the spring of 2016. Carlson resumed the work she began in that residency with dramaturg Melanie Joseph to refine the focus of Dumbo Redacted. Carlson met with sculptor, Carolyn Henne, to research the possibilities of working with material on the body. Continuing her exploration, Carlson began to experiment with hay as a scenic element, while wearing trampoline-like “moon shoes”. Joseph spoke about her work in the field with students taking a course titled, Theory of Performance and Directing.
In this second residency, Carlson also began to work on a new ensemble dance work, Elizabeth, the dance, that traces personal and public histories through the lens of aesthetics, embodiment and desire. Carlson sketched material to build an episodic accumulation of dances and songs; working with "found" movement from modern dance history and individual dancers’ experience. Carlson worked with ten School of Dance students in this exploration.
A public work-in-progress showing, featuring these School of Dance students, was held for Elizabeth, the dance as part of the School of Dance Forum.
Carlson will return to MANCC to further her work in a future residency.
This residency was made possible with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Collaborators in Residence: Melanie Joseph [dramaturg]