Sarabande/Contrepointe
2003

Installation View 1
Installation at Robert Turner Gallery, Alfred, New York (2003).
(Moss, Clay, Gold Leaf, Video)
 

Based on the notion that choreography might function somewhat like a path, in this first work from a series of “dance installations,” collaborating clay artist Linda Sormin and I were simultaneously drawn to the codified and orderly structure of Baroque dance notation, and to visual parallels found in period landscape architecture.

Installation View 2

Made of unfired red clay and further highlighted in gold leaf, 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.

Detail View 1

From the suite of dances La Bourgogne, Sarabande was first choreographed 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 2

Detail View 3

 

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