Now Dance (for Capri by Night)

Capri by Night is a series of public video screening at Schauspiel Köln / Offenbachplatz. Located in the heart of Cologne, Germany, the one hour program runs daily from dusk till dawn. The program is curated and organized by Lyoudmila Milanova in cooperation with Schauspiel Köln, with the support of Sparkasse KölnBonn, Kulturamt Stadt Köln, RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur. I had the opportunity to curate a selection of videos for one month.

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Now Dance borrows it’s name from a song by the same title, released in 1987 by Byron Davis & The Fresh Krew on the 4 Sight Records label. Like many early Miami Bass artists, Davis packed his work with samples from sources like Ohio Players’ Love Rollercoaster and Roger's unforgettable 10+ minute rendition of I Heard it Through the Grapevine. Now Dance is both an original composition and an index of sorts, enticing listeners to learn more about the genre’s roots and influences.

I think of this collection of videos for Capri by Night in a similar way — a mixtape of ideas, samples, artists and presentation styles that offer a window into the wider world of dance as I’ve come to know and appreciate it. My thanks to the talented artists and organizations who accepted my invitation to participate.

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Videos on View:
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AUNTSAUNTS realness, 2013
Jérôme BelPichet Klunchun and Myself, 2005 (excerpt)+ 
CHERYLHOW TO CHERYL, 2008 +
The Merce Cunningham TrustVariations V (excerpt), 1965
Cynthia DavidsonUrban Punk Ballet in Second Life, 2013 +
Beth Gill, Catacomb NDP 3, 2016 +
Jerron Herman, Phys Ed (excerpt), 2017 +
Makeya Kaiser, Tribute to Whitney Houston, 2016 +
Alice Sheppard, DESCENT, 2017
Ben Sisto featuring SR PalmWhat I'm Trying to Say, 2014 +


Credits:

AUNTS realnessAppears courtesy of AUNTSVideo by Marin Media Lab

Originally part of American Realness at Abrons Art Center, New York City, 2013

Featuring Emily Wexler, Leslie Cuyjet, Stacy Grossfield, Milka Djordevich, Geo Wyeth, Larissa Velez-Jackson, Yackez, Aaron Mattocks, Jen Rosenbilt, Jillian Pena, Lindsey Drury, Tara Aisha Willis, Lily Gold, Maggie Bennett, Gillian Walsh, Shizu Homma, Owen Weaver*Pichet Klunchun and Myself: Captation Intégrale (excerpt)Appears courtesy of Rebecca Lee and Sandro Grando for Jérôme BelFeaturing Pichet Klunchun and Jérôme BelMusic: Killing Me Softly With His Song (Roberta Flack)

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HOW TO CHERYLAppears courtesy of CHERYLChoreography and performance by Destiny Pierce, Stina Puotinen, Nick Schiarizzi and Sarah Van BurenMusic: Fancy Footwork (Chromeo)

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Variations V (excerpt)Appears courtesy of the Merce Cunningham TrustMusicians: John Cage, David Tudor and Gordon MummaChoreography: Merce Cunningham / The Merce Cunningham Dance CompanyFilmed Projections & Visual Effects: Stan VanDerBeek and Nam June PaikLighting: Beverly EmmonsDirected for Film by Arne Arnborn

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Urban Punk Ballet in Second LifeAppears courtesy of Cynthia DavidsonDirected by Cynthia DavidsonFeaturing Serena GuardianChoreography by Vista AnimationsSpacesuit: Nicky ReesLocation: WodkaMusic: Second Life Radio live stream

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Catacomb NDP 3Appears courtesy of Beth GillChoreography by Beth GillPerformed by Heather Lang and Stuart SingerMusic by Jon MoniaciCostume design by Baille Younkman

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Phys EdAppears courtesy of Jerron HermanChoreography and performance by Jerron Herman

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Tribute to Whitney HoustonAppears courtesy of Makeya Kaiser and Creativity ExploredDirected by Makeya Kaiser with technical assistance by Veronica GrahamStarring Makeya Kaiser as Whitney HoustonGuest starring Marie Fong as “Announcer"

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DESCENTAppears courtesy of Alice SheppardChoreography & Performance: Alice Sheppard in collaboration with Laurel LawsonLighting, Video, and Projection Design: Michael Maag

Video images inspired by selected sculptures of Auguste Rodin. Original images provided by Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center For Visual Arts at Stanford University. Additional video courtesy of MANCC, Chris Cameron.

Kinetic Light Team

Artistic Director: Alice Sheppard; Deputy Director: Lisa Niedermeyer; Project Manager: Marýa Wethers; Production Manager: Joseph Futral; Fundraising Consultant: Benvenuti Arts; Marketing Consultant: PURPOSE Productions; Production Coordinator: Stephanie Byrnes Harrell; Website Design:  CyCore Systems

Writing Fellow: Mariama Noguera-Devers

RAMP Design Team

Sara Hendren, Yevgeniya Zastavker, and Katie Butler, Daniel Daugherty, Duncan Hall, Andrew Holmes, Erica Lee, Scott Mackinlay, Apurva Raman, March Saper, Alexander Scott, Kimberly Winter, Rachel Yang, Jingyi Xu, with support from Olin College. Ramp Engineering and Fabrication: Rooster Productions, LLC

Funding

DESCENT was made possible, in part, by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; General Operating support was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Dance/NYC’s Disability. Dance. Artistry Fund, made possible by the Ford Foundation with additional support provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation; the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University. DESCENT was also supported by Dancers’ Group’s CA$H grant program, Puffin Foundation West, Ltd., and the Yip Harburg Foundation.

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What I'm Trying to Say appears courtesy of Ben SistoChoreography by Ben Sisto and S.R. Palm; based on the works by John JacobsonPerformance by S.R. PalmMusic: What I'm Trying to Say (Robert Burton Hubele)