Curator Jennifer Lafferty convenes 14 of contemporary dance’s most exciting players for February’s annual [DANCEROULETTE] series at Roulette. The New Movement Series features 14 artists presenting experimental work in dance and choreography. This four-day series features three or four performances per night, each with a unique approach to artistry, composition and dance.
New-York-via-Vienna dance artist Melanie Maar performs Rough Dimensions. Maar’s work grows out of exploring the intimacy between movement and sound, energy and material, animalism and humanism, feminism and objectism, the personal and the communal, resonance and struggle within changing contexts. She was awarded the 2015 Grant to Artists from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Her choreographies have been commissioned by Danspace Project, The Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop, as well as Laboratory Arte Alameda Mexico, ImPulsTanz Vienna, and Tanzfabrik Berlin. She currently collaborates with sound artists Christian Schröder, Kenta Nagai, the performance collective Masters of Ceremony, and within composer Anthony Braxton’s Pine Top Aerial Project. She co-curated the Moving Sounds Festival for The Austrian Cultural Forum NY in 2013 and Movement Research Festival in 2010. Having taught internationally, Maar is currently faculty at Movement Research and a guest teacher at The New School’s Lang College.
EmmaGrace Skove-Epes performs an excerpt of a new work, In Search of Mirrors. Performed alongside an accumulating cast of collaborators, In Search of Mirrors constructs and unravels real, remembered, and imagined landscapes and environments transposed onto and melded with and into the performance space. Skove-Epes is a choreographer and dancer, born, raised, and currently residing in Brooklyn. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College (MFA ‘15) and Bard College (BA ’08), her choreography has been presented at venues including AUNTS, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Center for Performance Research, and Judson Memorial Church. As a performer, she has danced with Edisa Weeks, Jon Kinzel, Jodi Melnick, and Sondra Loring, among others. She is a former space grant recipient at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Gowanus Arts.
Untitled Work for Voice is an evolving collection of solos for the singing body from Tatyana Tenenbaum. Taking the form of a backstage drama, performers assemble a performance before our eyes, laying bare the threads and layers within meaning and intention. Each performer possesses a solo practice, distinct in its set of textures, tones, and states. The solos overlap and intertwine to reveal a “production” in variable apertures of focus and legibility.
Tatyana Tenenbaum is a choreographer and composer based in Brooklyn. Her work explores the phenomenal space of the singing body, from interwoven perspectives of dance, performance, theater and music. Her original work has been commissioned and presented by The Chocolate Factory Theater, Temple University,Dance Theater Workshop Fresh Tracks, Center for Performance Research, Roulette, Danspace Project’s Draftwork series, Panopoly Performance Laboratory, The Watermill Center and AUNTS. She has performed and collaborated with Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks, Daria Fain and Robert Kocik, Jennifer Monson/iLAND, and Levi Gonzalez.
Roulette’s ongoing [DANCEROULETTE] series reflects the commitment to presenting experimental dance that we’ve held since our founding in 1978, particularly the collaborative efforts of composers and choreographers exploring the relationship between sound and movement, choreography and composition. Roulette’s move to Brooklyn in September 2011 has enabled the organization to initiate a regular season of [DANCEROULETTE] presentations, which now hosts nearly 40 performances yearly.