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.
Abigail Levine will perform in collaboration with vocalist Judith Berkson. Levine is a New York-based artist whose work is rooted in dance and informed by visual and performance art. She has presented her work at venues including the Movement Research Festival, Mount Tremper Arts, Danspace Project, Gibney Dance, and the Center for Performance Research. As a performer, Abigail has worked recently with Marina Abramovic, Carolee Schneemann, Clarinda Mac Low, Larissa Velez-Jackson, and Will Rawls. She is currently Visiting faculty in Dance at Wesleyan University.
John Hoobyar is an artist and performer in New York City. He has collaborated with many illustrious folk and was a danceWEB scholar at ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival in 2016.
Jessie Gold presents Untitled (Fold), a duet performed by Elizabeth Hart and Nikki Rollason Childree with music by Ivan Berko. The performance attempts to fold the space inside the body without creating hard lines — an attempt at softness and making inexplicable the necessity of lines. Gold is a New York City–based dancer and artist. Her first solo exhibition, Carmela DeSanso at Bas Fisher Invitational, functioned as a set for a fictitious dance by way of a painting and video installation. She was the co-owner of the artist-run bar and performance space Cafe Dancer from 2010-2015, through which she co-curated the performance series Contemporary Dancing at NADA New York in 2013.
Rebecca Brooks lives and works between Brooklyn and Vermont. She worked as a dance artist in New York City for 13 years and is currently pursuing her MFA in Dance at Bennington College.
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.