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