Entrée d'Apollon
2003


Installation at Artsite, Wellsville, New York (2003).
(Moss, Clay, Video)

 

Based on the notion that choreography might function somewhat like a path, I was simultaneously drawn to the codified and orderly structure of Baroque dance notation, and to visual parallels found in period landscape architecture.

Apollo Installation View 2

Made of unfired white clay and further highlighted in white engobe, the notations rest upon a path of moss, rising and falling as it follows hills and valleys in the moss landscape. Projected onto an adjacent wall, a dancer floats through the dance movements in a decelerated and silent video. Here, the original notations are simplified and stretched out to emphasize lightness while intensifying a sense of intentionalism.

Installation View 3

This installation is the second work from what has yet to become a series of dance sculptures (see also Sarabande/Contrepointe: La Bourgogne).

Detail View 1

Entrée d'Apollon was first choreographed and performed by Guillaume-Louis Pecour (France: 1653-1729) and notated by Raoul-Auger Feuillet (France: 1660-1710), who was the first to publish a system of dance notation in 1700.

Detail View 3

Detail View 4

 

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