We are not so different from things. They were made, as were we. They take space and time, affected by and affecting their surroundings… Let us be with things, take up their positions and lend them our bodies, adjust our sense of time, recalibrate control, and allow them to change the way we move and are still.
This workshop is a performance laboratory, a coming together for us and our “stuff.” We will move, make noise, and write, exploring physical, visual, metaphoric, and sonic possibilities of being with our things. We consider the politics surrounding our choices—the framing of bodies in relation to objects and other bodies, and questions of difference, abstraction, subjectivity (objectification), and agency.
Dancers, poets, painters, sound makers, and everyone between and beside, you are welcome! Feel free to bring material of any sort you would like to work with. Movement will be central to the workshop, but no prior experience is needed!
Abigail Levine is a choreographer and performer who divides her time between New York City and Los Angeles. Abigail’s work is rooted in dance and draws from visual and performance art and has been presented by venues including Movement Research Festival, Mount Tremper Arts Festival, Danspace Project, Human Resources, LAND, Vox Populi, Fridman Gallery, and internationally in Brazil, Cuba, Canada, Egypt, Greece, Mexico, and Taiwan. She is Mellon Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Performance Research and a 2018 MacDowell Fellow and recently danced with Yvonne Rainer in the Judson Dance Theater retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Abigail has also performed with Marina Abramovic (MoMA), Carolee Schneemann, Asad Raza (Whitney Biennial), and Will Rawls, among others. She often works in close collaboration with composers, including Judith Berkson, Derek Bermel, Corey Fogel, Paula Matthusen, Dave Ruder, and Tyshawn Sorey. Abigail is at work on the Restagings series, which uses 1960s visual art works as scores for choreography and Broken Day for premier at the Chocolate Factory Theater in 2019. Abigail was the 2013-2015 editor of Movement Research’s digital performance journal, Critical Correspondence, and has taught since 2013 at Wesleyan University and Florida State University’s FSU-in-NYC program.