Site-Specific Dance / Contemporary or Modern Dance:

As part of the City/Dans series, Danspace Project presented the premiere of Tom Pearson and Zach Morris' Bessie Award winning evening-length contemporary dance work. Wickedly funny and suddenly somber, Vanishing Point fuses aggressive, exhaustive movement, meditative nuance, and live music by the whisky-powered, alt-bluegrass ensemble The Dang-it Bobbys, led by composer Kris Bauman (performing with Andy Cotton and Bryn Roberts).

Vanishing Point was created in collaboration and performed with: Donna Ahmadi, Marissa Nielsen-Pincus, Tara O'Con, Jennine Willett.

Lighting Design by Carol Mullins and Costume Design by Karen Young.

The work was presented in a three night engagement that ran Thursday, June 26th through Saturday, June 28th, 2008.

Vanishing Point won two 2008 Bessie Awards, for Music Composition and for Choreography.

Vanishing Point engages St. Mark's Church both as a sanctuary and an architectural structure evocative of the columns and porticos of the rural south. Culled from the artists' collective stories, it represents a confluence of slipping memories, improbable tales, and faulty recollections--an exploration of family legacies shrouded in secrets, blurred by liquor, or in some cases composed of outright lies. With an absurd measure of sincerity and an equal dollop of irreverence, the work grapples with both the unraveling and blurring of lines between truth and fabrication—simultaneously self-aware of performing while simultaneously evoking a fictional funeral. Ricocheting backward and forward through time in non-linear, photo album fashion, Vanishing Point shotguns from elusive impression to indelible imprint, skips decades, unearths fragments of a hidden past, and obsessively replays events in an attempt to triangulate meaning from fractured moments, tattered images, and the personal hazes we view them through.

Dress Rehearsal & Performance Footage Filmed by Kathleen Green and Ryan B. O'Connell. Edited by Tom Pearson.

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