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Steeped in a childhood of grassroots organizing and pitched campaigns, multidisciplinary artist Dean Moss (2014 Guggenheim Choreography Fellow and Doris Duke Impact Award in Theatre recipient) draws from an intimate and varied history with activism to create johnbrown, a dark, wry meditation on the legacy of the white 19th-century abolitionist. The result of three years of research, the work features live performances by Kacie Chang, Julia Cumming, Cassie Mey, Sari Nordman, Asher Woodworth, and Dean Moss, with video performances of an original script commissioned from Thomas Bradshaw by Tymberly Canale, Aaron Hodges, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Pete Simpson. It also includes sound and music by Stephen Vitiello, an original song by Julia Cumming, Lighting Design by Vincent Vigilante, and integrates a number of teenaged production assistants. Presented in seven semi-autonomous segments titled after individual articles of John Brown’s Provisional Constitution of 1858, johnbrown melds an immersive audio/visual design and rigorous physicality, with a disruptive impressionistic performance structure. It excavates contentious birthrights born of “our peculiar institution,” while simultaneously exploring the gendered and generational processes at play in their perception. johnbrown premieres in New York on the 155th anniversary of the radical activist’s raid on Harper’s Ferry.
October 16–18 + 23-25, 8pm
Dean Moss’ johnbrown was made possible in part by a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Doris Duke Impact Award, and MAP Fund Production Grant, and a 2013-14 NEFA National Dance Project Production Grant and Touring Award funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. johnbrown has received residency support from 651 Arts, the Martha Duffy Residency at the Baryshnikov Art Center, the Gina Gibney Dance Center DiP Residency Program, the BRIC Arts Media Artist in Residence Program, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, and The Kitchen. A segment of johnbrown, under the title Voluntaries, was commissioned as part of Some Sweet Day at the Museum of Modern Art. The work was additionally made possible, in part, by the Danspace Project 2011-12 Commissioning Initiative with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; The Creative Explorations Fund of the Multi-Arts Production Fund supported by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.johnbrown was rehearsed at the Mark Morris Dance Center. It is the recipient of a Production Grant from The Rolex Institute.
Dean Moss: johnbrown is made possible with support from Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, and The Harkness Foundation for Dance, and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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