Dialogues in Dance: Creating a Living Archive
October 26, 2007
Department of Dance
October 26, 2007
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Please join us for a continuation of our Dialogues in Dance as we explore issues and challenges of archival practices in dance.
The Department of Dance at Marymount Manhattan College has been organizing a lecture series for many years to further the promotion and contextualization of dance in our college and the larger dance community. This year, we will continue this discourse by discussing the politics of archival practice for the performance of dance, the preservation of specific dance works, and techniques for future generations.
Curator at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Associate Director of Twyla Tharp Productions
Acting Executive Director of the Dance Notation Bureau New York City
Faculty Chair, Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Jens Richard Giersdorf
Associate Professor of Dance at MMC, Curator of Dialogues in Dance
These five panelists are involved in very different areas of preservation of dance: archivization, notation, and reconstruction of dance. The panelists’ diverse expertise allows for an exploration of the preservation of dance as a productive endeavor that challenges the often-postulated ephemerality of dance:
Michelle Potter addresses the impact of the largest collection of dance material in the world on research and dance production.
Ginger Montel discusses the challenges of keeping repertoire without an existing company.
Lynn Weber highlights the importance of notation for the continual preservation and performance of iconographic dance works.
Carol Teitelbaum discusses the specific challenges to the re-staging of seminal works by a living choreographer.
Jens Richard Giersdorf raises the question about what gets considered an archive.
Assistant Professor of Dance at SUNY Brockport and Scholar in Residence at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival