About the Grant

$30,000 to support And lose the name of action (MAP 2011), a new evening-length work choreographed by Miguel Gutierrez with sound design by Neal Medlyn, lighting design by Lenore Doxsee, and video by Boru O’Brien O’Connell.

About the Project

And lose the name of action emerges from three years of research into the various conceptions of mind and body in the fields of neurology, philosophy, somatic practice, improvisation, and the paranormal. Created by Miguel Gutierrez for six award-winning performers (Gutierrez, Michelle Boulé, Hilary Clark, Luke George, K.J. Holmes, and Ishmael Houston-Jones), And lose the name of action looks at how choreography, informed by a practice of improvisation, serves as a bridge between these various fields of study.

The title of this new work is a quote from Hamlet’s famous soliloquy in which he contemplates the values and frustrations of living, in relationship to dying. Gutierrez’s new work looks at the tension between words and action: How can we talk about dance if it proposes a mode of perception that is non-linguistic? The performance will look at what happens when we prioritize sensation and somatic truth. The collaborators will discover a fluid grammar of time, where importance rises and wanes, forms and dissipates.

Other collaborators include Bessie Award winners, sound designer Neal Medlyn and lighting designer Lenore Doxsee. Also involved is first-time collaborator and video artist Boru O’Brien O’Connell. The work will premiere in September 2012 at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and will have its New York premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, New York.

Photo: “The Medium Eva C. With a Materialization on Her Head and a Luminous Apparition Between Her Hands.” Albert von Schrenck Notzing, 1912.

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