DANCEROULETTE: Tess Dworman, Clarinda MacLow, Melanie Maar

Saturday, February 4, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

DANCEROULETTE, a five night festival of performing artists working within movement, sound, spatial design, visual cacophony, choreography, improvisation, ephemeriality, and theatrical re-imagining.

Tess Dworman – Bear Enters, Scoffs
Clarinda MacLow- Tribute- short improvisation scores from dance luminaries Jennifer Monson, Yvonne Meier, and Linda Austin, and one score from a surprise guest.
Melanie Maar – Same Selves

Tess Dworman – Bear Enters, Scoffs
Performed by Tess Dworman and Caitlin Marz

Tess Dworman is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and performer originally from Chicago, IL.  In New York, Tess’ dance works have been seen at AUNTS, Dixon Place, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Danspace Project, RoofTop Dance, and the Tank.  She is currently in the process of co-organizing the 2012 season for CLASSCLASSCLASS with Laurel Atwell (more info at

The creation of Bear Enters, Scoffs was inspired by the inherent yet careless expressivity of faces.  The work references an imaginary room and imaginary circumstances that remain unidentified but important.  Characterizations and mock narratives are explored as a template for physicality. Â

Clarinda MacLow – Tribute

As the beginning of a year of tributes to her community, dance and otherwise, Mac Low will perform short improvisation scores from dance luminaries Jennifer Monson, Yvonne Meier, and Linda Austin, and one score from a surprise guest. Mac Low will use her continuing connection to the living artists who influenced her earliest development to excavate past through physical autobiography,

CLARINDA MAC LOW started out working in dance in the late 1980s and now works in performance and installation and creates participatory events of all types. Shown at PS 122, the Kitchen, X-Initiative, the Center for Performance Research, Proteus Gowanus Gallery and others in NYC and elsewhere, including the 2010 Manifesta Biennial in Spain. Recent work: TRYST, interventions into everyday life; Cyborg Nation, public conversation on the technological body; and Salvage/Salvation, investigating re-use. She is also co-director of Culture Push, a cross-disciplinary organization encouraging hands-on participation and strong hybrid ideas, and a medical writer specializing in HIV/AIDS.

Melanie Maar – Same Selves
Inspired by works on metamorphosis and splitting images, this dance is guided by visual musicality and light. Maar’s sense for the supernatural within the recognizable self serves a visceral urgency of the performers and a space where movement and sound
exist inseparably.

Melanie Maar is a New York based choreographer and dancer originally from Vienna, Austria. Her latest evening work Spaces and Bones, a collaboration with musician
Kenta Nagai, premiered in 2010 at The Chocolate Factory and was presented at Impuls Tanz Festival Vienna in 2011. During the last years she has deepened her performance practice with live music. She is currently part of a performance collective of musicans and dancers with Taylor Ho-Bynum, Abraham Gomez-Delgado and Rachel Bernsen as well as in a new project by composer Anthony Braxton, called Pine Top Aerial Music. Maar co-curated the Movement Research Festival 2010. Studies in cognitive science developed through her solo Off and On, which toured Movement Disorder Congresses from 2005- 2007. Her performances have also been seen in San Francisco, Washington D.C., Lisbon, Glasgow, Oslo and Berlin. She is a student of Gertraud Maar, Janet Panetta and Daria Fain. Maar teaches a Qi Gong based movement class and workshops on performance context for dancers. She has worked intensively with New York choreographer Luciana Achugar, as well as with RoseAnne Spradlin, Levi Gonzalez and others.