Theatre & Dance Program
Well, try thinking of yourself as a barrel

Well, try thinking of yourself as a barrel

April 4, 2020 | 7:00 PM

Chapman Foundations Recital Hall

90 minutes

“What if I could ask an abstract form—what exactly are you saying?”

Opening this shared concert of dance with Yvonne Rainer’s “Talking Solo” from Terrain (1963) and iconic minimalist dance “Trio A” from The Mind is a Muscle (1966), Levine and Mercer present new performance works in dialogue with the choreographic questions and compositional logic of Rainer’s early dances.

Abigail Levine is an artist working between New York and Los Angeles. Rooted in dance but moving across media—performance, text, drawing, sound—Levine focuses on the poetics of our body’s work, how we record and value it. Her Restagings series has been presented at Fridman Gallery, Vox Populi, and The Knockdown Center, with support from The MacDowell Colony, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New Music USA, Bogliasco Foundation, and the Center for Performance Research. Levine performed with both Marina Abramovic (2010) and Yvonne Rainer (2018) in their retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art. She is on faculty at Florida State University’s Arts in NYC program and is a contributing editor at the Movement Research Performance Journal.

Elliot Gordon Mercer is an Instructor of Dance in the department of Visual and Performing Arts at UCCS and an authorized transmitter of Rainer’s Trio A. Mercer engages a minimalist approach to dance that foregrounds systems processes, structural progressions, and gestural fractions, while seeking to reveal slippages within minimalism’s presumption of detached neutrality. Focusing on the subjectivity of gesture and legibility of queerness through performance, his work pursues a choreographic approach of queer minimalism.