What: Josiah Cuneo presents The Paper Dance, a new work of dance, theatre and film that is interlaced by a narrative of transformation through nonhierarchical modes of artistic expression.
When: Friday, February 10, 2016, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $25/20 Online $20/15 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door
Brooklyn, NY – Roulette is pleased to present The Paper Dance, a one night site-specific film and live performance directed by Josiah Cuneo. The Paper Dance is a new work of dance, theatre and film that is interlaced by a narrative of transformation through nonhierarchical modes of artistic expression. Exploring the oblique nature of communication, often stymied by constructed notions of authority, the production follows a young woman as she evolves through a sense of collaboration and self-actualization. Woven between performances on stage and on screen, this theme is further contemplated through music and dance created through a complex system of extemporized scores. Emerging through collaboration and improvisation, the music performed is based on aleatoric compositions created and led by Cuneo.
Featuring Leanne Darling and Joanna Mattrey on viola, Meaghan Burke on cello and Jesse Pietroniro on guitar, the resulting compositions involve melding arrangement and spontaneity. Utilizing the film and live dance as inspiration, the underlying structure of the music is informed by a nonhierarchical collaboration with the dancers, wherein visual cues are exchanged within and between both groups; guiding time, movement, cadence, and interaction. Malin Barr and Ben Van Berkum undertake lead roles in a site-specific film, which weaves into their performance on stage, where they are joined by Marilyn Sokol and an ensemble of ten dancers. While informed by the conceptual work of avant-garde composers such as John Zorn, Iannis Xenakis, and John Cage, Cuneo’s use of image sequencing through an amalgamation of photography, printmaking, collage, video, and music composition, evokes the tradition of live orchestration from the silent film era as much as it conveys a romanticism of the everyday; situating his practice in lineage with filmmakers such as Luis Bunuel and Maya Deren.
Josiah Cuneo is a Brooklyn based filmmaker and composer. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (BFA, 2004) and his work has been exhibited at venues including Sevengaits, Southbridge, MA (2008); Gallery SATORI, New York (2008); Exit Art, New York (2015); DCTV, New York, (2015); Otion Front Studio, New York (2015); The Picture Show, New York (2015); and Anthology Film Archives, New York (2015). Cuneo’s work has been performed at the Hampden Gallery Incubator Project Space, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2008); ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn, New York (2008); and at the Montague Phantom Brain Exchange, Turners Falls, Massachusetts (2008). Cuneo was the recipient of a Dance Film Association Production Grant (2015) and the Roulette Artist in Residency Program with the support from the Jerome Foundation (2016). Cuneo recently produced twelve films for artist Duane Michals’ multimedia exhibition Talking Pictures: Twelve Mini-Movies, held at DC Moore Gallery, New York (2016).
This is Cuneo’s second performance at Roulette, which presented the premier of his multimedia performance Scenes in 2014.