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About the Grant

$25,000 to support choreographer Neil Greenberg's Really Queer Dance with Harps (MAP 2007), a new performance work that will investigate the incoherence that organizes conceptions of sexual and gender identity, using the queer male dancing body as one case in point.

About the Project

Really Queer Dance with Harps a new work by Neil Greenberg (choreography and video), Michael Stiller (lighting design) and Zeena Parkins (music), builds upon questions first posed by Greenberg through his 2006 Quartet with Three Gay Men. The titling represents a strategy to overlay the dances with notions of sexuality and gender, allowing viewers to note their criteria for reading (homo/hetero)sexuality in movement and choreography, while in the process exposing the limited and tentative nature of meaning-making. Really Queer Dance with Harps investigates the incoherence that organizes conceptions of sexual and gender identity, using the queer male dancing body as one case in point. It is also an exploration of the traces, residue, and ephemera of lived experience. Really Queer Dance with Harps expands upon Greenberg's signature method of movement creation, in which he videotapes himself improvising and then, with the dancers, learns sections of the video as close to “verbatim” as possible. For this new work, movement material collected from videotaped improvisations of the other dancers will be used as well. The explicit project is to expose — and refrain from censoring — the culturally repressed (and as a result, often personally repressed) movement material of the dancing body, instead placing that material front and center.

The project will premiere at Dance Theater Workshop in May 2008.

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Neil Greenberg

Dance Theater Workshop

Photo by Jason Akira Somma
Photo by Jason Akira Somma

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