Partnership Project: McKnight Artist Fellow | March 29 - April 11, 2015
HIJACK returned to MANCC to initiate a new project: HIJACK's Aftermath. In their 22nd year as a collaboration HIJACK is interrogating their process of making work and asking "can an awesome dance be made in ANY amount of time?". To challenge their approach to performance, HIJACK created an exploratory residency, essentially a laboratory that investigated their relationship to improvisation. To initiate these investigations, HIJACK invited Lisa Nelson to join them for their first week in residence. Nelson has developed a practice called Tuning Scores that explores the physical senses in imagination, performance and movement observation. Along with Nelson, HIJACK gathered a group of dancers from around the country to experiment with the skills and material they developed. Nelson, HIJACK and collaborators workshopped elements of Tuning Scores during the School of Dance weekly forum, allowing students to experiment with how conditioning affects ways of seeing and connecting to work.
The second half of the residency allowed HIJACK to integrate the experiences of the first week into their practice. They had an opportunity to research libraries as physical and conceptual containers for searching, browsing and organizing abundance of material and then relate their findings to composition and choreography. They had meetings and tours with Library Scholars Pam Doffek and Leila Gibradze at Goldstein Library and Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives Katie McCormick at Strozier Library, and then spent time improvising in and around the library spaces. Additionally, they engaged with the School of Dance MANCC Class, sharing two movement explorations that reflected their work with Lisa Nelson’s Tuning Scores and held a Q&A for students.
This residency was supported, in part, by the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Choreographers, a program funded by The McKnight Foundation and administered by Northrop that supports Minnesota individual artists.
Collaborators in residence: Margit Galanter, Naomi Joy, Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson, Morgan Thorson [dance artists]