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No Change, or "freedom is a psycho-kinetic skill" (2005)

Commissioned by Danspace Project in 2005, as part of its Out-of-Space series No Change or "freedom is a psycho-kinetic skill” is a pivotal moment in Dorvillier's artistic trajectory, and marks an important conceptual and aesthetic shift in her artistic approach. A reference for subsequent works, the piece was re-commissioned in 2010 by Danspace Project as part of its 2010 Platform, “certain difficulties, certain joy” curated by Trajal Harrel.


No Change or "freedom is a psycho-kinetic skill” presupposes a horizontality in the relationships between object, body, movement, sound, performer, and spectator, and this premise underscores all its actions. The piece foregrounds the use of sound as a means of tracing invisible actions – sound as an object, sound as a protagonist. It plays with groundlessness within a chaotic terrain of in-between spaces and events and proposes unmediated action as a form of sharp thinking. It's promise to itself is that there are no mistakes.

...some writings on No Change or "freedom is a psycho-kinetic skill”

The moment of no change, Trajal Harrell, Diary of an Image - DD Dorvillier - Danspace Project Platform 2014
Invisible shapes, Seth Cluett, Diary of an Image - DD Dorvillier - Danspace Project Platform 2014
There’s a body on the floor, Elizabeth Ward, Diary of an Image - DD Dorvillier - Danspace Project Platform 2014

Concept DD Dorvillier

Performers DD Dorvillier, Elizabeth Ward, Seth Cluett

Lighting Design Thomas Dunn

Sound Design Seth Cluett

Costumes Kelly Horrigan, Jesica Beebe

Production Coordinator Jeff Englander​


September 27, 2019 Festival Explore (Bucharest, Romania)

August 4, 2019 Festival ImPulsTanz (Vienna, Austria)

September 11 - 12, 2012 Atelier de Paris / Carolyn Carlson (Paris, France)

October 21 - 23, 2010 Danspace Project - St. Marks Church (New York, USA)

January 29 - 31, 2009 Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin, Germany)

May 31, 2006 Dance Weeks Festival (Zagreb, Croatia)

May 29, 2006 Melkweg (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

August 12, 2006 ImPulsTanz (Vienna, Austria)

September 2005 Danspace Project Context Studios (New York, USA)

No Change or “freedom is a psycho-kinetic skill” was originally made possible, in part, with funds from the Danspace Project 2005-2006 Commissioning Initiative with support from the Jerome Foundation in celebration of the Jerome Hill Centennial and in recognition of the valuable cultural contributions of artists to society. Additional financial assistance for this project came from the generous support of the James E. Robison Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, as well as the Australian Theater Board, the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Ajuntament de Barcelona, the Ministerio de Cultura (Spain), and contributions from individuals. The work was developed in part at La Caldera in Barcelona, Spain. The New York reprise of No Change or “freedom is a psycho-kinetic skill” was made possible, in part, by the Danspace Project 2010-11 Commissioning Initiative, with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as well by support from the James E. Robison Foundation, and WM Dorvillier Construction & Company, Inc.


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