Live Arts Festival
Dance / 70 minutes
The Wilma Theater
“The need to make work is like an itch that needs to be scratched. It is felt and acted upon more than it can be understood.”
“When John Jasperse makes a new work, it should be seen: end of story.”
Photo: Alex Escalante, Image Editing by Tony Orrico © 2011
From groundbreaking New York choreographer John Jasperse comes a collaborative new work that captures the wonder of the ineffable. Six dancers, including Jasperse, create a space where the supremacy of the intellect is humbled into a state of awe, where you lose yourself in the transformative power of pure visceral experience. Integrating an evocative musical score and striking stage design, Canyon plays with engineered disorientation, sensory overload, spaciousness, fractured connectivity, and rapture.
“John Jasperse attacks hot subjects with the formal precision of a classical artist.”
In short: all that you ever wanted to know about the spaces in between (but were afraid to ask).
John Jasperse has been presented by the Joyce Theater, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Walker Art Center, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and many others. In addition to his own company, Jasperse has created works for the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation, the Batsheva Dance Company, and the Lyon Opéra Ballet.
Choreography and Direction John Jasperse Composer Hahn Rowe Visual Design Tony Orrico Lighting James Clotfelter Costumes Reid Bartelme Created and Performed by Lindsay Clark, Erin Cornell, Kennis Hawkins, John Jasperse, Burr Johnson, James McGinn
Appropriate for ages 16 and up.
Canyon is commissioned as part of the BAM 2011 Next Wave Festival, and is co-commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts. Canyon is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Canyon is supported by The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Canyon is commissioned through Meet The Composer’s Commissioning Music/USA program and by the American Music Center Live Music for Dance Program. Canyon is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Canyon was developed in residencies at MANCC, MASS MoCA and CPR.