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.
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.
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.
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