Visiting Artist | March 17-25, 2017
Cynthia Oliver was one of four artists funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to come to MANCC multiple times over the course of three years. This multi-year support enables choreographers who are familiar with MANCC and its resources to advance their research in a series of well-planned residences with the potential to include more collaborators and pull in more technical support. Such support results in a more substantial investment in the work for the artists, their commissioning partners, and audiences. It also offers the choreographer the opportunity to anchor their ongoing work at MANCC without immediately knowing the results of their research, allowing an opportunity to build the work into what it is going to be before the artist is asked to frame it for funding and touring purposes.
In her second residency, Oliver continued to develop her project, Virago-Man Dem. In preparation for her Fall 2018 premiere in New York City, Oliver was able to clarify casting choices by bringing two understudy dancers into the studio to rehearse and experiment with other core company members. Her composer, Jason Finkelman and lighting designer, Amanda Ringer began to develop and finalize scenic elements including lighting, video projection and sound, while Oliver and the dancers continued to hone the live elements of the performance. Costume designer Susan Becker utilized resources of the FSU costume shop to further costume designs.
The residency culminated in an informal showing of the work, followed by an open discussion of feedback with Oliver and her collaborators. The showing was attended by faculty and students of the FSU School of Dance, as well as the Departments of Theater, Visual Art, and Modern Languages. Several Tallahassee community members who connected with Oliver during her first residency were able to attend as well.
Virago-Man Dem had its world premiere as part of BAM's Next Wave Festival, October 25-28, 2017, at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Fisher Space.
Collaborators in Residence: Duane Cyrus, Jonathon Gonzalez, Kerville Cosmos Jack, Niall Jones, Guy Thorne [performers], Jason Finkelman [composer], Cornelio Casaclang [company manager], Susan Becker [costume designer], Amanda Ringger [lighting designer], Val Oliveiro [stage manager], John Boesche [media designer]