Returning Choreographic Fellow | Sept. 3 - 14, 2013 & April 10 - 26, 2014
Diary of an Image / A catalogue of steps
DD Dorvillier/human future dance corps returned to MANCC with composer Zeena Parkins, and performer Katerina Andreou, for the first of a two-part residency. During her periods in residency, Dorvillier is developing two new works, Diary of an Image and A catalogue of steps. These pieces will constitute the spine of a four week platform dedicated to the choreographer's work and practice, at Danspace Project in Spring 2014. The Danspace invitation provoked an important reflection on some key issues, such as: the counter-purposes of a dance archive, the shifting identity of a choreographic work over time, the value of a dance, the choreographer as a social image. At times these works seem to behave with historic intentions, but ultimately they show themselves as entirely new works.
Diary of an Image, is the first of the two works Dorvillier is developing for the platform series. The piece playfully contends with the question of how image, or an image, is produced and functions, what images are inadvertently produced through an abstract choreography, how are images used internally to feed a dance. As part of her research for the piece, Dorvillier and collaborators met with Kathleen McCormick, MA/MS, Associate Dean for Special Collections and Archives at FSU’s Strozier Library. The engagement was an opportunity to learn about archiving from an institutional perspective and examine Dorvillier’s own organizational process.
Accompanying their research, Dorvillier and her collaborators worked on developing the music, set design and continued to refine the concept of the project through a panel and open discussion. Dorvillier, Parkins, and Andreou experimented with the accompanying sound score through the use of a prepared piano. Investigating design elements, Dorvillier and her collaborators created cardboard cut-outs representing dancers from past work. Near the end of the residency, Dorvillier held a panel in Dodd Hall, allowing her to examine elements of the work in the historic FSU Werkmeister Reading Room. A diverse array of FSU Departments, including faculty and students from the School of Dance, Theatre, Religion, History as well as members of the community were in attendance.
Danspace Project will present Diary of an Image as a month long platform May 22-June 15, 2014.
The residency is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Collaborators in Residence: Katerina Andreou [Performer/Dancer], Zeena Parkins [Composer]. Slideshow photos by Chris Cameron