Choreographer and performer, Will Rawls, is inviting audiences into his studio for a research presentation where he’ll be sharing some samples of new and old material (mostly dance), and inviting audiences to provide feedback, whether written or verbal.

Having worked as an interpreter/dancer for numerous choreographers and visual artists in New York and abroad, Rawls is currently exploring the cross-breeding of these experiences into a rumination on form and entanglement. In July, Rawls will work on a solo performance that takes its point of departure from a body that remembers itself in real time. During his LMCC residency, Rawls will be selecting dance material, conversations, experiences and venues from the past and putting them into play with new choreography.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist

Friday, July 31 at 3:30 pm
at LMCC’s Studios in the Arts Center at Governors Island


FREE. RSVP required. Capacity is limited. To RSVP, fill out this form. For information about the Governors Island ferry, click here.

Will Rawls is a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“I am a choreographer and writer, approaching my practice from shifting angles, blurring disciplinary boundaries between dance, theater and visual art. In the last few years, I’ve created a number of solos, a duet and one large group piece, all of which responded to my particular obsessions at the time, including Balkan folklore, architecture, German shepherds, and the history of numbers. The heterogeneity of the subject matter urges me toward dynamic thinking around what choreography can do in response to narratives of difference, form, behavior and knowledge. My recent works circle around identity and history—how these two things are entangled in our bodies and how they can be reconfigured in movement, speech and objects. Coming from a background in art history, I am trained to unearth something missing, suppressed or overlooked, usually imaginary, from the past, and reconsider it in a contemporary context.” – Will Rawls (2015)