Fort Blossom revisited (2000/2012)
CHOREOGRAPHY AND VISUAL DESIGN: John Jasperse
PERFORMERS: Ben Asriel, Lindsay Clark, Erika Hand, and Burr Johnson
LIGHTING DESIGN: Stan Pressner
MUSIC: Ryoji Ikeda*
From +/- (1996), Released in October 1996 by Touch I TO:30
From 0°C (1998)
C0:: coda (for T.F.)
From 1000 Fragments (1995) Originally released in Feb. 1995 by cci recordings I CCD23001 Re-released in Feb. 2008 by Raster-Noton I R-N089
*The music for Fort Blossom revisited (2000/2012) is compiled from publicly released recordings by Ryoji Ikeda and is used by gracious permission of the composer. Please note that the music was not commissioned for this performance.
ADDITIONAL MUSIC BY: Fantastic Plastic Machine with Calin – Samba de Minha Namoradinho
LIGHTING DESIGNER AND PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR: James Clotfelter
TOURING STAFF: 7 persons (1 artistic director, 4 dancers, 1 tour manager & 1 technician)
Fort Blossom (2000)
ORIGINAL ROLES CREATED BY: Miguel Gutierrez, Parker Lutz, Juliette Mapp and John Jasperse
ORIGINAL LIGHTING DESIGN: Stan Pressner
ORIGINAL SOUND MIX: Michael Floyd
ORIGINAL COSTUME CONSTRUCTION Deanna Berg
Fort Blossom, choreographed and designed by Jasperse, is a 40-minute work that premiered in 2000 at The Kitchen with original performers Miguel Gutierrez, John Jasperse, Parker Lutz, and Juliette Mapp. The work has been revisited and expanded into a 60-minute work for four new performers, Ben Asriel, Lindsay Clark, Erika Hand, and Burr Johnson. Fort Blossom revisited (2000/2012) is a personal look at the body (alternately medical, eroticized and/or aestheticized). The audience is invited to examine contemporary notions of how we experience the body as both owners and spectators.
“I would like to express my deepest gratitude, both to the original performers with whom I created Fort Blossom in 2000 and to the current performers who have recreated, revised and expanded these roles. I am deeply indebted to all of them for their creative contributions, their artistry, their generosity of spirit, and their trust. This project was a lovely moment of discovery in 2000 and has been an equally lovely re-discovery for me personally. In returning to it 12 years later, it has felt just as exciting and engaging as it originally did, perhaps even more so.” – John Jasperse
WORLD PREMIERE: February 24-26, 2012 Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series (PA), February 24-26, 2012
NEW YORK CITY PREMIERE: New York Live Arts (NYC), May 9-12, 2012
The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (VT), June 15-16, 2012
Intimacy’s Many Facets – Alistair MacCaulay, NYTimes 5/10/12
DANCE REVIEW; Of Men Who Go Naked With Women Who Aren’t – Anna Kisselgoff, NYTimes 6/3/00
Consider the Body – Deborah Jowitt, DanceBeat 5/16/12
Fort Blossom revisited – Suzanne Carboneau, Bryn Mawr College 1/28/12
Quick Q&A: John Jasperse – Wendy Perron, Dance Magazine 1/1/13
John Jasperse’s Fort Blossom revisited 2000/2012 – Merilyn Jackson, The Philadelphia Inquirer 2/27/13
Focus Dance with Eiko and Koma & John Jasperse Projects – Marina Harss, DanceTabs 1/14/13
Turning the tables on the “male gaze” – Jonathan M. Stein, Broad Street Review 2/28/12
Bryn Mawr Series Welcomes John Jasperse Company for a Week’s Residency, Culminating in the World Premiere of Fort Blossom revisited (2000/2012) – Steven Weisz, The Dance Journal 2/21/12
This presentation of Fort Blossom revisited (2000/2012) is made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and contributors to the DTW Commissioning Fund at New York Live Arts.
Fort Blossom revisited (2000/2012) is reconstructed with lead support from Bryn Mawr College, funded by The Pew of Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance.
Fort Blossom revisited (2000/2012) was developed in residencies at Baryshnikov Art Center and Bryn Mawr College, and in rehearsals at CPR – Center for Performance Research.
The creation of Fort Blossom (2000) was made possible, in part, with funds from The Jerome Foundation of St. Paul, MN, The Greenwall Foundation, the Heathcote Art Foundation, and the Danspace Project’s 1999-2000 Commissioning Initiative (as part of the International Dancemakers’ Lab) with support from the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation. The premiere performances at The Kitchen in 2000 were made possible with funds from the Harkness Foundation for Dance and the James E. Robison Foundation.
Thin Man Dance, Inc. is supported, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts; and the National Endowment for the Arts.