Choreographer Stefanie Nelson presents the NYC premiere of her work A MY NAME IS…, an exploration of memory and forgetting inspired by the choreographer’s personal encounter with a family member’s dementia. Employing a cast of four dancers and a multidisciplinary team of international collaborators, the work focuses on the phenomenon of gravity (both physical and metaphoric) as well as repetition and disappearance. Nelson builds a gestural vocabulary for the piece the same way as one’s language skills develop and disintegrate over time and uses it to reflect upon memory and forgetting, aging and loss. The special advisor for the project is David Shenk, a bestselling author of The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic. Developed in residency in Italy, the work features stop-motion video by Elisa D'Amico (Italy), original music by composers Sahand Rahbar (Iran/Canada) and Jonah Kreitner (US), with set and light design by Solomon Weisbard (US).
About the Company: Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup
Founded in 2000 by artistic director Stefanie Nelson, Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup is a New York City-based contemporary performance ensemble producing original work in close creative partnership with performers, visual artists and composers. The company’s work is driven by a distinctly conceptual impetus and characterized by a visceral and strikingly visual approach.
Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup has established its presence in the United States and internationally, developing a repertory of intensely collaborative multidisciplinary works. To date, the company has produced four evening-length works, along with an array of shorter pieces, presented at some of the foremost contemporary performances venues in the United States, including Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop, LaMama Moves!, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors and Jacob’s Pillow, and internationally in Canada, Mexico and Italy (Fabbrica Europa; Florence Winter Dance Festival at the historic Teatro Goldoni; among others.)
Selected residencies include the Bessie Schoenberg Choreographer’s Residency at The Yard, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Field's Artist Residency, and Dance New Amsterdam; the Harkness Dance Program, among many others. Nelson currently maintains ongoing collaborations with Arte e Danza Arabesque & Fuoricentro (Lucca, Italy,) and Exorto danza (Agropoli, Italy.)
Thursday, December 7, 8pm (special Benefit Gala performance)
Friday, December 8, 8pm
Saturday, December 9, 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, December 10, 3pm
Address: 357 W36th street
New York, NY 10018
Cost:Tickets start at $25
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