Choreography and Visual Design by 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

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and

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

Luxus 1-3

 

*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 Director and Production Supervisor: James Clotfelter

 

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

 

Description

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

 

Project Funders

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.

 

Touring Staff: 7 persons (1 artistic director, 4 dancers, 1 tour manager & 1 technician)

 

Performances:

February 24-26, 2012  Premiere Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series, Bryn Mawr, PA

 May 9-12, 2012  New York Live Arts, NYC

 June 15-16, 2012  The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, VT

 

Press:

Essay by Suzanne Carboneau

Essay by Deborah Jowitt

Review by Alistair MacCaulay