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Danspace Project Platform 2014: Diary of an Image

by DD Dorvillier

Danspace Project Platform 2014: Diary of an Image by DD Dorvillier emerged as Dorvillier’s response to an invitation by Judy Hussie-Taylor, Danspace Project Executive Director, to create a platform which would open up new perspectives on her work, history, and artistic practices. The platform sought to examine definitions of dance presentation and artist and institutional collaboration, and opened up possibilities for new ways of making histories together.


Curated by Dorvillier in collaboration with Jenn Joy, the platform included two new works by Dorvillier and collaborators: A catalogue of steps and Diary of an Image, as well as a series of Solo Events with performances by artists who have impacted Dorvillier's work and history such as: Walter Dundervill, Heather Kravas, Jennifer Lacey, Jennifer Monson, Zeena ParkinsSébastien Roux, and Elizabeth Ward, and the three original dancers from A catalogue of steps: Katerina Andreou, Oren Barnoy, and Nibia Pastrana Santiago. There were several opportunities for audiences to experience conversations between the artists during post-performance situations. A special Conversation Without Walls: French Feminisms, curated by Judy Hussie-Taylor and Jenn Joy, looked at choreographic practices from an international feminist perspective.


Diary of an Image (the book) is the resulting catalogue for the platform, co-edited by Jenn Joy and DD Dorvillier, designed by Fanette Mellier, and published by Danspace Project. The book includes images and texts by Dorvillier, Joy, and a variety of scholars and artists who have been previous collaborators or who are familiar with her works.



The platform schedule :


May 17- June 14, 2014, at Danspace Project, St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery (New York City)


May 17 Conversations Without Walls: Danse to Diaries: french feminisms, moderated by Jenn Joy

May 21  A catalogue of steps, St. Mark's Collection 2014 (Sanctuary)

May 23  A catalogue of steps, St. Mark's Collection 2014 (Abe Lebewhol Square)

              Solo Performances: Jennifer Lacey, Sébastien Roux ​

May 24 Solo Performances: Jennifer Monson, Elizabeth Ward, Zeena Parkins ​(Abe Lebewhol Square)

May 28 A catalogue of steps, St. Mark's Collection 2014 (Sanctuary)

May 30 Solo Performances: Walter Dundervill, Heather Kravas 

May 31 Solo Performances: Katerina Andreou, Oren Barnoy, Nibia Pastrana

June 4 A catalogue of steps, St. Mark's Collection 2014 (Sanctuary)

June 6 - 7 Diary of an Image

June 10 Looking & Listening: A Perceptual Conversation with Katerina Andreou, DD Dorvillier, Jenn Joy, and Zeena Parkins

June 11 A catalogue of steps, St. Mark's Collection 2014

June 12 - 14 Diary of an Image

June 14 A catalogue of steps, St. Mark's Collection 2014 ​(Abe Lebewhol Square)



Buy the book Diary of an Image



Partner/Funders: Danspace Project; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Entre cour et jardins, Dijon; French US Exchange in Dance (FUSED); Live Music for Dance, New Music America; James E. Robison Foundation Residencies : ICPP Wesleyan University, CT; PS1/MOMA, NYC; Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Florida State University; Atelier de Paris/Carolyn Calrson; Studiolabs at Ménagerie de Verre, Paris; STUK Kunstencentrum Leuven; Performing Arts Forum, St. Erme

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