Partnership Project: McKnight Artist Fellow | Nov 26 - Dec 2, 2012
The Very Unlikeliness (I'm Going to KILL You!)
Yon researched and developed an evening length duet entitled The Very Unlikeliness (I'm Going to KILL You!), a suite of dances constituting the repertory that Yon has created with wife and dancer, Taryn Griggs. Yon remarked, “In the tradition of husband & wife vaudeville teams who spent years refining their routines on the road, Unlikeliness is a container to reinvestigate and repurpose material and ideas that resurface from piece to piece to express what was, is and will be. If these are the hit singles on my pop concept album, I want to create the B sides.”
While in residence, Yon explored memory techniques to generate and capture material and worked to determine the underlying mechanisms for creating and remembering complex choreography. Renowned writer, director, actor, and puppeteer Dan Hurlin joined the residency as dramaturg. Documentary filmmaker David Bagnall was also on site to create a training film and inform a supplementary instruction manual. Choreographer and archival librarian Sara Smith created designs for set, costume, and decor. Dancer and choreographer Angharad Davies participated as a performer and stand-in for Yon. The residency ended in a sharing of the work with representatives from the FSU School of Dance, Theater department and Tallahassee community members.
The Very Unlikeliness (I'm Going to KILL You!) premiered at La Mama E.T.C. (NYC) in Spring 2013.
This residency was supported in part by The McKnight Foundation in partnership with Northrop Concerts and Lectures.