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Melville Gallery, South Street Seaport Museum

The Set Up is commissioned by LMCC

“In dance collaborations, cultural exchange can be dangerous: There is always the potential for appropriation, the killing of a technique or the watering down of a tradition. Knowingly, the contemporary American choreographers Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey go for danger.” – The New York Times, June 25, 2015, Gia Kourlas

The Set Up: Kapila Venu is the 7th installment in a series of 7 full-length dances that invests in “unknowing”. Initiated in 2012, each installment launches with “American contemporary” artists meeting a “master” of an existent form. This installment began in Kerala, India with Kapila Venu, Kutiyattam practitioner and disciple of the legendary Kutiyattam maestro Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar.

Each dance of The Set Up uses this basic protocol as a springboard: One master is invited to teach Cardona what they deem most important about the form to which they have dedicated their lives. Not a normal construct for learning, it is immersive yet finite, calling into play a combination of historical authority and personal authority of a form.

During this immersive training, Jennifer Lacey invests herself as an outsider, not learning the form directly, but participating in subcultures surrounding the form. The artists’ dissimilar roles are a purposeful attempt to incorporate different ways of knowing – intellectual, physical, imaginative, projected – into the process. This period – its effort, failure, disorientation, re-orientation – is the root of all that follows.

The initial encounter is immediately followed by a response period with dancers/musicians based in New York City. The master artist, whose guidance has been ever-present, is now absent and Cardona, Lacey, and Bepler all work to recognize and work through their own self-developed and culturally-developed borders.

The six other master artists include Junko Fisher (Okinawan), Proeung Chhieng (classical Cambodian), Jean-Christophe Paré (French Baroque), Heni Winahyuningsih (Central Javanese), Nyoman Catra (Balinese Topeng) and Saya Lei (Burmese classical, Mandalay-style).

Featured Image Photo Credit: Darial Sneed

 

 

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A production of WCV, Inc., The Set Up received support from Asian Cultural Council; Creative Capital; National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards program; and residency support from Natanakairali, Kerala, India. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The Set Up was developed as part of LMCC’s Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.