New York Live Arts presents the world premiere of There Might Be Others, a collaborative dance and music performance inspired by composer Terry Riley’s seminal work In C. Directed and choreographed by Rebecca Lazier, There Might Be Others features an international cast of 15 dancers and is performed with a live score by Dan Trueman in collaboration with acclaimed ensembles Mobius Percussion and Sō Percussion. Performances are Wednesday to Saturday, March 16−19, at 7:30pm, at New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, in Manhattan.
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There Might Be Others examines the role of presence, performer agency, and collective decision-making to create emergent composition. It 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, catalyzed 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 join the New York premiere. The project features costume design by Lazier’s longtime collaborator Mary Jo Mecca and lighting design by the award-winning Davison Scandrett, who will create a reservoir of lighting environments he can call upon in performance, following the same score of the performers. Dramaturgy is by Naomi Leonard, a professor of aerospace engineering at Princeton University who specializes in group decision-making and collective motion.
There Might Be Others is performed by New York dancers Simon Courchel, Natalie Green, raja feather kelly, Cori Kresge, Christopher Ralph, Anna Schön, and Saúl Ulerio. Joining the cast from Poland are Agnieszka Kryst, Jan Lorys, Ramona Nagabczynska, Pawel Sakowicz. Rhonda Baker and Sara Coffin from Canadian partner Mocean Dance join the cast; and from Turkey Tan Temel, artistic director of TORK Dance, also joins the project.
Musicians include Mobius Percussion (David Degge, Mika Godbole, Yumi Tamashiro, Frank Tyl), Alex Appel, Dylan Greene, Luz Carime Santa-Coloma, Jessica Tsang, Sō Percussion (Eric Cha-Beach, Joah Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, Jason Treuting) (3/16, 3/17, 3/18) and members of Mantra Percussion (3/19).
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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: