Lisa Nelson: End Plays

Thursday, January 24, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

Improvisational dance artist Lisa Nelson materializes her long-honed Tuning Scores in End Plays, a collaboration with the dynamic Minneapolis duo HIJACK—Kristin Van Loon and Arwen Wilder.

Lisa Nelson —Director/Performer
Kristin Van Loon, Arwen Wilder — Dance, Sound


Lisa Nelson is a dance-maker, improvisational performer, and collaborative artist who has been excavating the role of the senses in the performance and observation of movement for decades. Stemming from her work with video in the [']70s, she developed a multidisciplinary approach to real-time editing and performance she calls ‘Tuning Scores.’ She last appeared in NYC at DIA: Chelsea in 2013 with long-time collaborator Steve Paxton in Night Stand. Special encouragements have come from a Bessie Award in 1987 and an Alpert Award in the Arts in 2002. She travels widely and lives in Vermont.

HIJACK is the 25-year, Minneapolis-based choreographic collaboration of Kristin Van Loon & Arwen Wilder. Some previous HIJACK NYC shows: “HIJACK’s First Show in New York” at HERE ArtCenter, “3 Minutes of Pork and Shoving” (with Scott Heron) at PS122, “Nothing Festival” at DTW, “Mr. Khruschev” and other dances at LaMaMa Moves Festival, “smithsoniansmith” (with Scott Heron) at Dixon Place, and “Guerrilla Gay Bar” for Movement Research Festival/Catch Series.

Carol Mullins (light design) has designed lighting for two of Lisa Nelson’s collaborations with Steve Paxton: PART, at The Kitchen in 1987. And Night Stand from 2004 in Montpelier through 2014 at the Walker. She often designs for Douglas Dunn and Vicky Shick. She has been a resident lighting designer at the Danspace Project in NYC since 1982. She has received three Bessies (NY Dance and Performance Awards) and one Obie.

Photo: Scott Smith, Becky Edmunds, Raymond Mallentjer

Lisa Nelson: End Plays is presented as part of DANCEROULETTE and is supported, in part, by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.