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Pretend Pretension podcast: An Android wonders why anybody dances in the first place

Pretend Pretension podcast: An Android wonders why anybody dances in the first place

This is a podcast that aims to talk in circles, about dancing, something, and nothing. You’ll see! “Pretend Pretension” is a robotic, semi-academic musing on why anybody dances in the first place. Its a rather unusual thing to train the human body to move in unusual ways. Friendly android Peter attempts to clarify what exactly is so imperative that a human would train their body so unusually...
Double Quick Draw! On Audience Engagement and Criticism

Double Quick Draw! On Audience Engagement and Criticism

The following material originally appeared in Steven Gomez’s blog, Theatrical Experimentation, in February 2013. The first is a response to a writing prompt (“Who do you create your work for, and how does this influence your creative process?”) at the STANCE gathering on February 18th. The second is an independent blog post of Steven’s. We chose to publish these two pieces in conjunction because we feel they...
Together // a chapter from Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore's new book

Together // a chapter from Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s new book

In one of my early club moments, I was inspired by a beat I hadn’t heard before to climb up onto a black dance cube in the red, green, yellow, blue spotlights and that’s where I first heard the deep droning voice in the song that went “People are still having sex. Lust keeps on lurking… Nothing makes them stop. This AIDS thing’s not working.” This was...
Juggling Lesson #1: A mostly listening somewhat visual experience for two people

Juggling Lesson #1: A mostly listening somewhat visual experience for two people

Juggling Lesson 1: a mostly listening somewhat visual experience for two people from Sayward Schoonmaker on Vimeo.   This video is part of an installation. Two people are invited to enter a small tent, sit in the dark space, and listen/watch a poem.   Sayward Schoonmaker comes from Plainfield, New York. She is currently working on a book-length project about architecture, love, and ownership. She received her...
Fundraising as a Creative Act

Fundraising as a Creative Act

Dear friends: Considering fundraising a creative act and part of making new work (rather than something desperately akin to pulling teeth) is my goal. In the spirit of clouds and of dance, I have decided to hold an ephemeral sale in support of my current project, cloudland. Since dance leaves no object behind, I am photographing objects that are a part of my life and my dance...
RE-POST: FRONT (pdx)

RE-POST: FRONT (pdx)

The following content originally appeared in FRONT, an amazing Portland newspaper devoted to sharing dialog from the contemporary dance world. Many thanks to Robert Tyree, Kaj-anne Pepper and Feyonce/Wayne Bund for allowing STANCE to share what you’ve been up to. We were excited to see the intersections of interest in exploring queerness, process and performance. Link to the must read publication here http://frontpaper.tumblr.com/ // FRONT -> KAJ-ANNE...
Topography

Topography

FROM THE ARTIST: I am an artist who reveres the tactility of objects and the ephemeral nature of performance. Through the use of garment, sculpture, video and performance, I create a world where another logic and another set of rules can take over in order to re-imagine feminine longing and desire. I evoke the uncanny or fairy tale as a means towards reinterpretation of the female body...
RE-POST: What is Queer?

RE-POST: What is Queer?

Previously posted on his blog Random/Often Ridiculous this past September, Eric Pitsenbarger’s thoughtful response to the first Velocity Book Club Happy Hour is an exploration of the conversation that developed at the gathering. The discussion was inspired by STANCE’s first focus “Queer New Worlds”. Eric is a writer and dancer based in Seattle, WA.—the editor   Leading up to Keith Hennessy’s performance this week-end, I attended Monday’s...
Culture in a Political World: Arts, Academia and the Occupation of Palestine

Culture in a Political World: Arts, Academia and the Occupation of Palestine

A curatorial note from activist & dancer Emma Klein: I am intrigued and drawn to art termed “political”. I am engaged by artists’ potential to use their work as a means to express controversial opinions and themes. Historically, art makers have pioneered radical debate and conversation, we have been targets of hate as a result of our work, and we have paved the way for important societal...