the favorites

the favorites, created by Alison D’Amato, is an ongoing investigation into the language score as a vehicle for dismantling originals, staging imperfect copies, and paying homage.

D’Amato began watching a minute of movement from video clips of four of her favorite modern dances; while watching the clips, she transcribed the movement phrases in the four works into written instructions. The dancers’ task was to then translate D’Amato’s instructions back into movement, working collaboratively between D’Amato’s structure and each dancer’s interpretation, text and movement. 

Movement invention and performance by:
Barry Brannum
Dorothy Dubrule
Loren Fenton
Gwyneth Shanks
Milka Djordjevich
Sarah Leddy
Jil Stein
Alexx Shilling.

Performances:
Pieter Performance Space | Los Angeles, CA | April 21, 2014
Gold Stage, Made in L.A. | Hammer Museum | Los Angeles, CA | Summer 2014

Photo credits: Barry Brannum and Dorothy Dubrule | Emilio 
Oliveira.
Barry Brannum, Loren Fenton, Gwynn Shanks, and Dorothy Dubrule | Emilio Oliveira
Barry Brannum, Loren Fenton, Gwynn Shanks, and Dorothy Dubrule | Emilio Oliveira
Barry Brannum, Loren Fenton, Gwynn Shanks, and Dorothy Dubrule | Emilio Oliveira
Gwynn Shanks | Emilio Oliveira
Gwynn Shanks and Barry Brannum | Emilio Oliveira
Gwynn Shanks | Emilio Oliveira