This Dance Is Nonfiction is the first work Rindfleisch and Weber Gallo have made together since the former forayed to Berlin in 2008. Since then, both women have become mothers, a circumstance that conspired, along with the physical distance between them, to suspend what had been a decade-long artistic conversation spanning six full-length works, and garnering a review from the New York Times proclaiming “the sexy authority of the women.” Rindfleisch’s return to New York reopens that dialogue with This Dance Is Nonfiction. Mining the rich shared history as collaborative artists, their signature visceral physicality, and a backbone of fairy tale archetypes, Rindfleisch and Weber Gallo hurtle themselves away from safety into various limbic states and through a few bad places, and perhaps find that the moon isn’t really all that blue.
Supported by the music of Joshua Morris, Thomas Foyer, Greg Burrows, and various pop/punk musical artists, the dramaturgy of Joseph Gallo, the scenic design of Sam Meredith, the costume design of Joy Havens, and the innovative lighting design of Matthew J. Fick, This Dance Is Nonfiction shifts between performed art installation and explosive dancing.
Originally from Germany, Elke Rindfleisch has lived in NYC since 1994. During the last three years she split her time between NYC and Berlin, but fully relocated to NYC earlier this year. Since her inaugurating season at Joyce Soho in 1999, she has created a rigorous, critically acclaimed body of work. Venues include the Ohio Theater/Ice Factory, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council/Sitelines, Movement Research@Judson, Danspace Project Dance:Access, Dixon Place, and the company’s former home Wallabout Studio, Brooklyn. She has worked as a guest teacher/-choreographer in Europe and the US, and has been awarded residencies at Mt. Tremper Arts, Künstlerhaus Lukas Ahrenshoop, Germany, and Dansehallerne Copenhagen, Denmark. Elke has danced for various choreographers, most recently Kimberly Bartosik and the artist collective Magnetic Laboratorium. She holds a B.A. from the Dansakademie Rotterdam.
Sarah Weber Gallo is a New York-based dancer and choreographer. Her recent evening-length dance/theater installation, MUCH ADO ABOUT CUCUMBERS & CIGARS (an indecorous dance), brought provocative dance to Hoboken NJ’s Mile Square Theatre and, in so doing, energized the local community. Her work has also been shown at Center for Performance Research, The Ohio Theatre, La Mama, Greenspace, Indy Convergence, and Dancemakers, MKE. She is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and has had the great pleasure to work with an array of world renowned choreographers and directors including Graciella Daniele, Mary Zimmerman, Steven Wadsworth, Doug Varone, Mark Dendy, Sean Curran, Robert LePage, Benjamin Millipied, Christopher Wheeldon, Carolyn Choa, Fiona Shaw, Andre Serban, and Julie Taymor. Additional performance credits include Sean Curran Company, Donald Byrd/The Group, Mark Dendy Dance and Theatre, NeoLabos Dancetheatre, and The Radio City Rockettes. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Goucher College and an M.F.A. in Dance Performance Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts.
Elke Rindfleisch & Sarah Weber Gallo’s performance is part of the on-going DanceRoulette series. This program is made possible, in part, by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
**This Dance Is Nonfiction will be performed by Elke Rindfleisch
This concentrated version of our collaborative duet was made necessary by Sarah Weber Gallo’s recently broken foot (on Friday the 13th – nonfiction indeed).
We have chosen to seize the opportunity to explore more deeply one of our original research concepts of duet-as-simultaneous-solos.
Our process of slipping into each other’s physical and emotional worlds has resulted in an enriched shared psycho-physical terrain –producing a story of us that may be told together or by either alone with the sure knowledge of one being buoyed by the imprint of the other.