Living Legacy | Feb 11-24, 2018
Living Legacy Artist Ann Carlson returns to MANCC to continue working on her solo stage-based work, Dumbo Redacted. Carlson will both choreograph and perform this solo, which is informed by the movement and mythologies surrounding earth’s largest land mammal, the elephant. Set inside a circus ring and caught in a story out of sequence and out of date, Dumbo Redacted plays with clumsy grace and wild quiet as it collides and colludes with time, gravity, fury, and redemption. Joining Carlson again in residence is her dramaturg for the project, Melanie Joseph, who will continue to assist in refining the narrative and scenic elements of the work.
While at MANCC Carlson will engage with FSU’s Flying High Circus to immerse herself in the performative traditions of Big Top Circus. She will also present her work in an informal work-in-progress showing.
This residency is supported by a multi-year, multi-residency initiative from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This is Carlson’s third residency at MANCC working on this project (and another work, Elizabeth, the dance, which she premiered at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Utah in spring 2017) as part of the Mellon-funded Choreographic Fellows program, which allows artists to address the needs of the developing work at multiple stages. This funding addresses one of MANCC’s key programmatic priorities, to support vanguard artists’ work at all stages of development. By enabling artists to more fully research ideas in and out of the studio (concept, movement vocabulary, production design), MANCC residencies help artists more fully realize their artistic visions.