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DD Dorvillier/
dance corps

Danza Permanente

Wednesday, September 26–Sunday, September 30
at 8pm

Co-presented with the Kitchen

The choreography of Danza Permanente comes from a musical composition created in Vienna two centuries ago by a deaf man, Beethoven.

In this new work, the score is transposed into movement for four dancers, each of whom takes the part of a single instrument. They embody the musical structure and dynamics of the string quartet, behaving as sound, in silence. The transposition is by choreographer DD Dorvillier and composer Zeena Parkins, and features dancers Fabian Barba, Nuno Bizarro, Walter Dundervill, Naiara Mendioroz, and rehearsal assistant Heather Kravas. The lighting design by Thomas Dunn, and the acoustic environment by Zeena Parkins, follow the score, framing the silence and the visible music.

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What We Do:

A day of lectures, discussion,
and practice

Saturday, September 29
from 10am–4pm

The Kitchen
Free and open to the public /
B.Y.O.L. (Bring Your Own Lunch)

Includes a listening session in the dark of Beethoven's Opus 132 in A Minor, sharing of strategies and processes used to create a translation of its score with DD Dorvillier, lectures by Stefania de Kenessey and Neil Greenberg, and a mini-concert by Zeena Parkins, plus time for talking about it all.

Hosted by human future dance corps and held in conjunction with the premiere of Danza Permanente at The Kitchen as part of FIAF's Crossing the Line.

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Recent Buzz & Reviews

Lost in Translation
October 5, 2012

Crossing the Line 2012 Journal:
On Denying the Surplus Value of Art(?)

Jeremy M. Barker, October 3, 2012

The New York Times
Dance Listing: DD Dorvillier/human future dance corps
October 1, 2012

The Wall Street Journal
Curtain Raisers: Beethoven in Four Movements
Lizzie Simon, October 1, 2012

The New Yorker
Dance Listing: DD Dorvillier
October 1, 2012

Instrumental People
Siobhan Burke, Sept 30, 2012

Arts Journal
Deconstructing Beethoven
Deborah Jowitt, Sept 29, 2012

Two Dance Experiments Peel Back the Layers
Alexis Clements, Sept 27, 2012

The New York Times
A Beethoven Quartet, Better Heard Than Seen
Alastair Macaulay, Sept 27, 2012

The New York Times
Dance Listings for Sept. 28-Oct. 4,
Highly Recommended: DD Dorvillier
and Sarach Michelson

Sept 27, 2012

DD Dorvillier on “Danza Permanente” at the Kitchen
Jeremy M. Barker, Sept 26, 2012

DD Dorvillier
Samara Davis, Sept 25, 2012

The New Yorker
Beethoven Embodied
Andrew Boynton, Sept 25, 2012

Bomb Magazine: Bomblog
Permanent Motion
Suzanne Snider, Sept 24, 2012

The New York Times
"Musicians play, and dancers dance. But the choreographer DD Dorvillier is flipping that notion upside down."
In a Footstep, Making a Cello for Beethoven
(PDF Available Here)
Gia Kourlas, Sept 22, 2012

The New York Times
Dance Listings for Sept. 21-27:
Highly Recommended, DD Dorvillier and Brian Rogers

Sept 20, 2012

Time Out New York
Critics' Picks: DD Dorvillier;
Recommended Dance Listings:  DD Dorvillier

Sept 20–26, 2012

The New York Times
Fall Dance Preview: Crossing the Line, Brian Rogers' "Hot Box," DD Dorvillier/human future dance corps' "Danza Permanente"
Siobhan Burke, September 6, 2012

Village Voice
Fall Arts Guide 2012: Dance, DD Dorvillier /human future dance corps' "Danza Permanente"
Deborah Jowitt, September 5, 2012
DD Dorvillier’s DANZA PERMANENTE Comes to
The Kitchen, 9/26–30

August 29, 2012

Movement Research Blog
Utopian synesthesia: DD Dorvillier in conversation with Jennifer Lacey on Danza Permanente
Jennifer Lacey, Aug 27, 2012

Time Out New York
Critics' Pick: DD Dorvillier/human future dance corps
Aug 7, 2012


Ticket Info

Price $15


Venue Info

The Kitchen
512 West 19 Street
New York, NY 10011
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Danza Permanente is a human future dance corps production. Commission:
The Kitchen; the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)’s Crossing the Line 2012; STUK Kunstencentrum; Rencontres choréographiques internationales de Seine-St. Denis; the Centre national de danse contemporaine Angers; and PACT Zollverein. Danza Permanente has received major production support from The MAP Fund, primarily funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; from FUSED (French-US Exchange in Dance), a program of the National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Florence Gould Foundation, and through a fellowship in choreography from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Danza Permanente was created during residencies at STUK, PACT, Performing Arts Forum, and CNDC Angers, and supported by the Menagerie de Verre, Paris in the frame of studiolabs, as well as the studios at the Centre National de la Danse in Pantin, France. The NYC performances are made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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