MANCC Welcomes Miguel Gutierrez
Miguel Gutierrez (NY) Returning Choreographic Fellow | August 27 - September 2, 2012
Work in Development: And lose the name of action
The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) welcomes Returning Choreographic Fellow Miguel Gutierrez (NY) into residence.
Miguel Gutierrez is a New York based dance and music artist who has been called “one of our most provocative and necessary artistic voices” by Eva Yaa Asantewaa of Dance Magazine. He makes solo and group pieces with a variety of artists under the moniker Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People. Interested in enduring philosophical questions about desire, longing, and the search for meaning, Gutierrez’s work sits inside a legacy of process-focused experimental dance while drawing on far-reaching influences such as endurance based performance art, noise music, ecstatic experience in social and religious rituals, the study of mind/body somatic systems, and various histories of spectacle including Broadway, Vegas, and queer performance in alternative clubs from the 80’s until now.
Gutierrez returns to MANCC for the second of a two-part residency focusing on the production and finalization of his evening length piece, And lose the name of action. The piece is the performance result of four years’ worth of research into the over-lapping and divergent conceptions of mind/body in the fields of neurology, embodied philosophy, somatic practices, improvisation, and the paranormal. Michelle Boulé, Hilary Clark, Luke George, Miguel Gutierrez, K.J. Holmes, and Ishmael Houston-Jones come together to form an incongruent family and create a moving scéance for the 21st Century. Inspired by Jørgen Leth’s film The Perfect Human, the elusive logic of dance improvisation, philosophical quandaries about the brain, and the 19th century spiritualist movement, And lose the name of action draws connections between the analytical and the unexplainable, grappling with the limits of language and the ever present specter of death. In reference to this work Gutierrez writes, “My work has always looked at the ways in which we look for meaning and location in the world, and with this new project I hope to articulate these questions in the most complicated and sophisticated way yet.
”This residency will focus on the final production logistics, including lighting, staging, and set design. Experimenting with projections, parachutes, and risers, Gutierrez and his collaborators will use the residency as a means to put the finishing touches on the piece’s intricate set design.
And lose the name of action will premiere at the Walker Art Center September 19 - 21, 2012.
This residency is made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
FSU School of Dance
Montgomery Hall – Black Box Theater
August 31, 2012 @ 6:30 pm
The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), at the FSU School of Dance, is a choreographic research and development center whose mission is to raise the value of the creative process in dance.