Excerpts from Within between (2014)
Choreography by John Jasperse
in collaboration with performers: Maggie Cloud, Simon Courchel, Burr Johnson, and Stuart Singer
Score Composed by: Jonathan Bepler
Lighting Design: Lenore Doxsee
Visual Design: Lenore Doxsee and John Jasperse
Costume Design: John Jasperse
Dramaturgical Assistance: Ariel Osterweis
Stage Manager & Lighting Director: Sarah Lurie
Development Assistance: Christiana Axelsen
Everything looks like something. But apparently you can’t judge a book by its cover. Despite the interplay and disjunction between essence and appearance, all artistic work uses its perceptual surface (what it looks like, sounds like, feels like, …) as a means of transmission. The aesthetics of a work of art speak to the value systems of its author(s), which are in turn formed through the construction of such eternally slippery terms as beauty.
Within between is a new evening-length work by Jasperse with an original score by composer Jonathan Bepler. By sourcing both from his own past as well as from fragmented aesthetic attributes found in sensibilities and traditions that seem at first glance in contrast to that history, Jasperse seeks both to embrace and to resist the habits of his own history, to create a cross pollination or catalytic mating of sensibilities. The work emerges out of the space between what seemed to be distinct terrains.
Within between is commissioned by the American Dance Festival (with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Dance) and New York Live Arts (with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and contributors to the Dance Theater Workshop Commissioning Fund). The work is made possible by the support of the MAP Fund, a project of Creative Capital; New Music USA’s Commissioning Music USA and Live Music for Dance Programs; James Robison Foundation; Peter S. Reed Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation Late Stage Production Fund; the Harkness Foundation for Dance; the New York State Council on the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs. Portions of the work were developed during a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space residency on Governor’s Island in Spring 2013 as well as during a residency in Spring 2014 at the American Dance Institute in Rockville, MD.