FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2019
Contact: Patricia DuChene
Choreographer Catherine Galasso will adapt her award-winning Get Dancing for a performance at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Friday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Get Dancing, first performed in 2015, is Galasso’s restaging of dances by postmodern choreographer Andy de Groat (1947–2019). The work was nominated for a ‘Bessie’ Award for Outstanding Revival. Bessies honor exceptional achievement by independent dance artists presenting work in New York City.
The program is composed of Galasso’s, notes on de groat, and two works by de Groat from the 1970s that will include Sheboygan community members, Get Wreck and Fan Dance. Get Wreck is improvisational and Fan Dance involves walking patterns and fans. The evening also includes the 1976 film Rope Dance that features Andy de Groat and Robyn Brentano with music by Michael Galasso.
Tickets to Get Dancing, available at jmkac.org and 920-458-6144, are $15/ $10 for Arts Center members.
Galasso will also present a new work, Cloud Dance 2.0, at the Arts Center at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. Admission to these performance are free of charge.
One of the highlights of the Arts Center’s current exhibition series, Lenore Tawney: Mirror of the Universe, is Cloud Labyrinth, a room-size sculpture created from thousands of hand-tied strings suspended from a cloth baffle. A short film, Cloud Dance, plays on a loop adjacent to the sculpture. In the film, de Groat moves through Four-Armed Cloud, another Tawney sculpture in her Cloud series.
Galasso’s duet, Cloud Dance 2.0, directly responds to Cloud Dance. To create the work, Galasso studied de Groat’s movements in the 1979 film. His windmill-style arm motions, wide lunges, and even the geometry of his body have found their way into her new piece. Galasso also used his movements to create rules that govern the exchanges between the dancers. “It is at once a very pedestrian vocabulary, as well as a dance with rigorous complexity—one of the most challenging duets I've ever created,” she said.
The original Cloud Dance was performed within Tawney’s sculpture; that’s not possible this time around. Galasso’s goal for Cloud Dance 2.0, to be performed by her collaborators Kristopher K. Q. Pourzal and Meg Weeks, is to make Cloud Labyrinth a “third partner” in the performance. “The dance will explore [Cloud Labyrinth’s] qualities as a three-dimensional work that also exists in time,” Galasso said.
Galasso, who lives and works in New York City, has close ties to Cloud Dance. Her father wrote the music for it, and her parents were close friends of de Groat, of filmmaker Robyn Brentano, and of Christopher Knowles, who wrote the text that is murmured throughout the film. “This is not the first time I’m working in response to a visual artist, but it’s the first time I'm doing so in a context that contains so many personal layers,” she said.
All performances are at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, Wis. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit jmkac.org or phone 920-458-6144.
Photo: Performance of notes on de groat. Photo by Ian Douglas.
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