Within between (2014)
CHOREOGRAPHY: John Jasperse in collaboration with the performers
PERFORMERS: Maggie Cloud, Simon Courchel, Burr Johnson, & Stuart Singer
ORIGINAL COMPOSITION: Jonathan Bepler
LIVE MUSIC FOR THE PREMIERE PERFORMED BY:Mick Barr, Jonathan Bepler, Eric Hubel, & Megan Schubert
LIGHTING & VISUAL DESIGN: Lenore Doxsee
MANAGER & LIGHTING DIRECTOR: Sarah Lurie
DRAMATURGICAL ASSISTANCE: Ariel Osterweis
DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE: Christiana Axelsen
Dramaturgical Notes by Ariel Osterweis
Everything looks like something. But apparently you can’t judge a book by its cover. Despite the interplay and disjunction between essence and appearance, all artistic work uses its perceptual surface (what it looks like, sounds like, feels like, …) as a means of transmission. The aesthetics of a work of art speak to the value systems of its author(s), which are in turn formed through the construction of such eternally slippery terms as beauty.
Within between is a new evening-length work by Jasperse with an original score by composer Jonathan Bepler. Jasperse seeks both to embrace and to resist the habits of his own history, to create a cross pollination or catalytic mating of sensibilities, where the work emerges out of the space between what seems to be distinct terrains.
WORK-IN-PROGRESS AVANT-PREMIERE: American Dance Institute (Rockville, MD), May 9-10, 2014
WORLD PREMIERE: New York Live Arts (NYC), May 28-31, 2014
American Dance Festival (Durham, NC), July 7-9, 2014
Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College (Dutchess County, NY), April 30-May 1, 2016
Blurring Thresholds – Deborah Jowitt, DanceBeat 6/2/14
Odd, Exciting, Lovely, Subversive: John Jasperse’s Within between – Rachel Rizzuto, bachtrack 5/30/14
A Different Kind of Pole Dance – Martha Sherman, danceviewtimes, 6/3/14
Impressions of: John Jasperse and “Within between” – Garnet Henderson, The Dance Enthusiast, 6/4/14
Choreographer John Jasperse finds space to dance inside the cracks – Robert Johnson, Star Ledger, 5/30/14
Working to Upend His Own Identity John Jasperse Reaches Into the Audience in ‘Within Between’ – Siobhan Burke, NYTimes 5/29/14
John Jasperse Investigating Himself – Charmaine Warren, 6/12/14
Within between is commissioned by the American Dance Festival (with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Dance) and New York Live Arts (with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and contributors to the Dance Theater Workshop Commissioning Fund). The work is made possible by the support of the MAP Fund, a project of Creative Captial; New Music USA’s Commissioning Music USA and Live Music for Dance Programs; James Robison Foundation; Peter S. Reed Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation Late Stage Production Fund; the Harkness Foundation for Dance; the New York State Council on the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs. Portions of the work were developed during a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space residency on Govenor’s Island in Spring 2013. Portions of the work were developed during a residency at the American Dance Institute in Rockville, MD.