Bridge Project 2015: Rewriting Dance

HMD’s seventh Bridge Project, produced in association with CounterPulse, was Rewriting Dance and featured Jeanine DurningDeborah HayAlva NoëMichèle Steinwald, and six Bay Area choreographers working at the intersection of language and choreographic thinking.  
“Rather than creating a bridge that reinforced the distinctions between disciplines, the [2015] Bridge Project offered a view of an inclusive community—one in which complementary, rather than disparate, pursuits benefited each other and those in attendance.”
--Joe Ferguson, Science, Philosophy and Performance Art in 'The Bridge Project,'  SciArt in America, Dec. 28, 2015

Program events November 6-8, 2015 included:

  • Jeanine Durning’s inging featuring the practice of unscripted nonstop language as performance. 
     
  • Reorganizing Ourselves, a performative lecture featuring choreographer Deborah Hay and philosopher and cognitive scientist Alva Noë discussing perception, consciousness, and the links between art and science.  The program concludes with a salon-style discussion with audience members facilitated by dance curator Michèle Steinwald. 
     
  • Talk the Walk: Local Artists at the Intersection of Language and Choreographic Thinking.  Short works by Gerald CaselMaurya Kerr, Hope Mohr, Megan NicelyLauren Simpson/Jenny Stulberg, and Maureen Whiting
     
  • Workshop with Jeanine Durning: what we do when we do the thing we do before we know what we are doing. Durning's workshop was a rare opportunity for artists of all kinds to investigate creative practice, choreography, and performance through acceptance of “not knowing” as a generative state.