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Lucy Lee Yim and Enrico D. Wey in Conversation

Long-time friends and artist colleagues, Lucy Lee Yim and Enrico D. Wey, share a recent tete-a-tete whose tone and pacing reveal the intimacy of their friendship. Sentences overlap and words and concepts sync up in the way that intersubjective borders reveal porosity, humor, and the kind of collaborative nature of conversation. The questions comes up: […]


The POSTDANCE Dialogues: Stina Nyberg and Adriano Wilfert Jensen

  POSTDANCE Dialogues Introduction: From October 14-16, 2015, MDT in Stockholm hosted a conference called POSTDANCE. The term wasn’t elaborated in any of the conference’s promotional material, but stood as a flag driven into the ground by an attractive mass of names — Swedish and international dance artists and theorists whose presence in one room […]

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Biba Bell discusses dance as a promiscuous mode of dwelling

  CC co-editor Biba Bell shares an interlude-esque essay that expresses her ongoing project that thinks through the potential of dance to promiscuously move about, mobilize societal limitations, resist capture, and generally infiltrate disciplinary and institutional habits, aka business as usual… crashing the party; escaping the house. Woven throughout her perpetual proposition – “Would you […]


Maya Stovall in Conversation with Biba Bell

    A “radical ballerina,” PhD candidate in anthropology at Wayne State University, and fourth generation Detroiter, Maya Stovall re-imagines the politics and aesthetics of dance through the question of where it might land on/as site of the liquor store. Liquor Store Theater negotiates the right to the city while inserting discussions of race, privilege, […]


homeLA founder Rebecca Bruno in Conversation with Biba Bell

    Rebecca Bruno grew up within a home where her father presented chamber jazz concerts, so that in turn, after encountering a perceived limitation of resources for showing work in Los Angeles, she took matters into her own hands and momentarily converted her home into a space to make and present performance. From its […]


Xavier Le Roy in Conversation with Will Rawls

Over the last twenty years, Xavier Le Roy has radically expanded the field of contemporary choreography, through solo and collective research-based practice. His diverse works question the limits of performance, exposing the conditions that govern artistic production in the theater. Increasingly, Le Roy has turned towards issues of addressing and engaging the public, and how […]

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Neil Greenberg in Conversation with Biba Bell

  As Neil Greenberg prepares to premiere his latest work, This, at New York Live Arts the first weekend of December, he discusses his motivating questions as well as the shifts in his choreographic concerns during the four years since his last piece, (like a vase). Citing Susan Sontag’s “Against Interpretation” as an enduring theoretical […]

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Leyya Tawil in Conversation with Linda Weintraub

Bay Area based choreographer and dance artist Leyya Tawil, also known for her extensive collaborations with composers Christopher Keyes (1999-2008), Mark Gergis (2009-2010), Lars J Brouwer (2011-2013), and Mike Khoury (ongoing), has been traveling the globe touring her current project Destroy// since its inception in San Francisco in 2012. Performed internationally in 19 cities thus […]


Chris Sharp in Conversation with Biba Bell

This autumn, dance and performance provided an essential means by which curators Chris Sharp (Mexico City) and Gianni Jetzer (New York) could reimagine public sculpture and the potentiality of urban space for Le Mouvement, the latest installment of the Swiss Sculpture Exhibition (founded in 1954). An expansive, threefold exhibition, Le Mouvement invited numerous works and […]

Brian Getnick in Conversation with Will Rawls

  Angeleno, Brian Getnick reconnects with Will Rawls to outline his network of exciting projects, in which his sculptural and curatorial works create dynamic frames for other performance artists. Co-director (with Tanya Rubbak) of the collaborative L.A. performance journal, Native Strategies, and performer himself, Brian also extends his sights from L.A. to New York and Berlin, tilling the […]


Dance and the Museum: Marten Spangberg Responds

1) What are the most potent questions/ ideas prompted by the recent coming together of dance and the visual arts? Good question, is not a bad answer, but hmmm maybe one could elaborate slightly, though this question probably would extend into PhD-type size. What you have in front of you is an answer of all […]

Michelle Boule in rehearsal for WONDER, photo by Wah Ming Chang

Michelle Boulé in conversation with Matthew Walker

ISSUE Project Room was first introduced to Michelle Boule through her participation in cellist/composer/improviser Okkyung Lee’s 2011 Artist-in-Residency at ISSUE. As evidenced by her collaborative performance with Lee, Boule’s layered and transfixing engagement with movement, light, performance space, and audience suggested she would be an ideal fit for our 2012 Emerging Artists Commission program, which sought to reach outside our normal sound-oriented range of focus to encompass transdisciplinary practices. ISSUE Development Director Matthew Walker discusses process, authenticity, vulnerability and texture in performance with dancer/choreographer Michelle Boule in anticipation of her upcoming premiere, WONDER, May 30-31.

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Marissa Perel in conversation with Katy Pyle, Jules Skloot, Cassie Mey, Francis Weiss Rabkin, Sam Greenleaf Miller, Effie Bowen, and Lindsay Reuter

In February 2012, artist/writer/curator Marissa Perel spoke with dancer/choreographer Katy Pyle about her queered ballet form, Ballez, and the early stages of her latest piece, “The Firebird,” which was presented at Danspace Project, May 16-18. Here, members of the cast of “The Firebird” join Perel and Pyle to discuss motivations for the piece, each performer's experience of Ballez, and alternative approaches to the idea of failure in queer performance.


Rosie Herrera in conversation with Celeste Fraser Delgado

Dance critic and scholar Celeste Fraser Delgado talks with Miami-based choreographer Rosie Herrera, of Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, about her piece “Dining Alone,” running Thursday and Friday at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (Thursday 7:30 and 9:30 and Friday 7:30, tickets $20). They explore how a girl from a post-communist compound in the Cuban ghetto of Hialeah, Florida grew up to love opera, big ensembles, and even bigger emotions.

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Camille Brown in conversation with Rashida Bumbray

Curator and choreographer Rashida Bumbray talks with choreographer and dancer Camille Brown about her piece “Mr. TOL E. RAncE,” running tonight through Saturday, April 6 at The Kitchen (8pm, tickets $15). They discuss Camille’s diverse source material (from vaudeville to Dave Chappelle), reissuing stereotypes, the myth of post-racialism, and the importance of the post-show Q&A.