“For her New York Live Arts debut, Lazier has gone big, supported by Trueman and all their performers in making a gutsy, unforgettable mark in this historic theater. It’s unfortunate to have to say how exciting it is to see a woman choreographer work at this pitch for her first time in this space, but there it is… it’s a phenomenal entertainment.” Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Infinite Body
There Might Be Others, commissioned by New York Live Arts in March 2016, is a collaborative dance and music performance inspired by Terry Riley’s In C directed and choreographed by Rebecca Lazier with music by Dan Trueman created with Sō Percussion and Mobius Percussion Featuring 24 performers – 12 dancers and 12 musicians – There Might Be Others examines the role of presence, performer agency, and collective decision-making to create emergent forms. Scientist Naomi Leonard, a professor of mechanical engineering at Princeton University who specializes in group decision-making and collective motion, provided dramaturgy to extend and catalyze compositional possibilities.
There Might Be Others builds on traditions of open work in dance and music, in which performers compose in real time with predetermined content. Riley’s In C, with its interlocking modules of music, indeterminacy, and ability to house diverse musical genres, galvanized Lazier and Trueman’s collaboration. With There Might Be Others, the artists have created music and movement phrases ranging from rhythmic sequences to sustained gestures, distilled abstraction to camp theatricality, interactive games to isolated tasks, and the performers will choose the order in performance. Ultimately, the piece stages negotiation and celebrates the beauty of a diverse community of performers negotiating aesthetic impulses across perpetually changing contexts.
There Might Be Others embraces the global characteristics of In C and was developed over a two-year period during residencies in Turkey, Canada, and Poland with merged casts of New York dancers and local performers. Selected members from each country joined the New York premiere. The piece features costume design by Lazier’s longtime collaborator Mary Jo Mecca and lighting design by the award-winning Davison Scandrett, who create a reservoir of lighting environments he can call upon in performance, following the same score of the performers.
Premiered in 2016 at New York Live Arts.
Touring: Scotia Festival of Music, Mocean Dance, Dalhousie Arts Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 2017
April 12, 2018, as part of Living at the Intersection Symposium, hosted by the Council on Science and Technology at Princeton University. 6:00 p.m. in the Murphy Dance Studio in the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University.
There Might Be Others is performed by collective cast of dancers blending members of the NY cast with communities from Canada, Poland, and Turkey. New York dancers include Simon Courchel, Natalie Green, raja feather kelly, Cori Kresge, Christopher Ralph, Anna Schön, Saúl Ulerio and Christopher Williams; Princeton alumni performers include Sophie Andreassi, Oge Ude, Glenna Yu, and Raven White. Polish collaborators include Agnieszka Kryst, Jan Lorys, Ramona Nagabczynska, Pawel Sakowicz; Canadian partner Mocean Dance cast includes Rhonda Baker, Sara Coffin, Susanne Chui, Sarah Rozee, and Georgia Skinner from the cast; and from Turkey Tan Temel and Sernaz Demeral of TORK Dance are project partners.
Musicians include David Degge, Mika Godbole, Yumi Tamashiro, Mobius Percussion, Sō Percussion: Eric Cha-Beach, Joah Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, Jason Treuting.
The performances at New York Live Arts were supported by a veritable league of people and institutions. The New York premiere of There Might Be Others was commissioned by New York Live Arts and was presented with support from The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Culture.pl as part of The Campus Project, and with funding from The American Turkish Society, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Özyegin University, Polish Cultural Institute New York, Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts, The Province of Nova Scotia’s Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, and Mocean Dance.
Support for the development of There Might Be Others came from a collaboration between Culture.pl as part of The Campus Project and the Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk in Poznan, Poland supported, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant. TORK Dance Art, Yıldız Technical University, and the Embassy of the United States of America in Ankara supported the Turkish tour; Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Mocean Dance, and the Canada Council for the Arts provided a residency; and from Princeton University the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts, Council of the Humanities, Office of the Dean for Research, and the Department of Music contributed funding. The Sō Percussion Summer Institute (SōSi) provides a valuable platform for our research in the music and with Naomi. Early iterations of There Might Be Others in New York were made possible by Opera Cabal, Movement Research at Judson Church, and Nicky Paraiso as part of La MaMa Moves! Festival.
Thank you to our generous partners The Harkness Foundation for Dance and: