No Collective is co-presenting with Lindsey Drury a peculiar theory about this thing called “(Post-)Dance” during a four-day symposium at Panoply Performance Laboratory on that thing called Post-Dance. We’ve been babbling bits and pieces of our erratic idea to friends in the last couple of months but this presentation will coalesce the primary theoretical components and many nice examples for the first time. So we hope you can come, if you are in New York or nearby. Our presentation is on Sunday, November 20, from 4pm.
Here’s a list of preliminary questions we’ve posited in lieu of an abstract:
Post-Dance: A Primer
Is the term “post” a mere prefix to indicate we are over it? What is this “it” we are supposed to be over with? If we are over dance, why do we still cling to that old name? Wouldn’t “post-it” be a better name? And even if we stick to dance, can’t we do better than resorting yet again to the facile formula of [dance + x (e.g. performance art, discourse, theory, etc)] and/or [dance - x (e.g. choreography, dancer, etc)]? Do we even know what we seek to leave behind? What is a body? What is movement? What if “post” was a verb or a noun? Where do we go from here, where have we been, and who is this “we” that we all talk about?
For Ensemble Mise-en’s ACOUSTIC+ #8, No Collective is presenting the world premiere of IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, a play of revelational music in two halves, six acts, and one intermission, which intends to reverse causalities (remove all stains) through the miraculous workings of uncanny resemblances, or at least give a fleeting impression thereof. Through three rehearsals each, No Collective and ensemble mise-en, both comprised of exactly the same instrumentation (flute, violin, piano, bass clarinet, contrabass, trombone, and conductor) and gender/race distribution, worked to become precise doppelgangers of each other without ever actually meeting one another. In the process, each group derived its own music through imitated gestures and (re-)imagined sounds of the other. The effect of doubling (between a type and an antitype, so to speak) further proliferates at the concert, where the three-times-two rehearsals are unfolded in the three-times-two acts, the first half enfolded in the second, and each act is explained by the next while containing the one before. The resulting sequence stages performative faith to something that never existed, something that appears as foreshadowing the events but only in retrospect. The hope is for such perturbation of causes to save us all from our original sins (which is of course that of conceiving and being conceived), not through expiation, but through some sleight of hand. To see is to believe, to hear is to doubt, to concert is to bind.
Composed and Performed by
A) Ensemble Mise-en as No Collective:
Maria Johnson as Lindsey Drury (flute)
Sabina Torosjan as Siv Lie (violin)
Yumi Suehiro as Masami Tomihisa (piano)
Evan Runyon as Matthew Gantt (contrabass)
Mark Broschinsky as Brian McCorkle (trombone)
Carlos Cordeiro as Davindar Singh (bass clarinet)
Moon Young Ha as You Nakai (conductor)
B) No Collective as Ensemble Mise-en:
Lindsey Drury as Maria Johnson (flute)
Siv Lie as Sabina Torosjan (violin)
Masami Tomihisa as Yumi Suehiro (piano)
Matthew Gantt as Evan Runyon (contrabass)
Brian McCorkle as Mark Broschinsky (trombone)
Davindar Singh as Carlos Cordeiro (bass clarinet)
You Nakai as Moon Young Ha (conductor)
January 22, 2016 | 8pm
678 Hart St #1B
Brooklyn, NY 11221
Tickets will be available at the door and can be purchased for $20 general admission or $15 for students and seniors. Your ticket will also include a complimentary drink. Space is extremely limited (probably around 20 people max) so if you are worried, please reserve your place by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org
No Collective is premiering “p.m at a.m,” a misleading musical fable about the world in general and you in particular, at a.m in London from 8 p.m this coming Friday, December 18. Performers may include You Nakai, Dee Ali, and Ai Chinen among others. a.m is a gallery built inside the remains of the famous Blackwing Studios where bands like Depeche Mode or The Pixies used to record their music back in the days. The space is subtly abandoned and nicely soundproofed and so is the work so please join us if you are in town!
All Hallows Church
1 Pepper Street Entrance