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About the event

3:00-6:30 PM: Ongoing open rehearsal

6:30 PM: Conversation

Paramodernities is a meditation on different tracks of modernism within and beyond the purview of dance. It is a series of dance experiments that the artist generates through systematically deconstructing landmark modern dance choreographies. Performed alongside contributions by scholars from different fields in the humanities, who situate these iconic works within the larger project of modernity, Paramodernities explores foundational tenets of modern discourse—such as sovereignty, race, feminism, and nihilism—and includes public discussions as integral parts of each installment. Netta Yerushalmy's project investigates how embodied forms and codified styles of dancing impart deep sensations and ideologies on dancers bodies and audiences bodies, as it also interweaves constructed historical narratives, challenging particularly the normative definitions of modernity. For an installation designed specifically in and for the James Gallery, Yerushalmy will mash-up re-imagined material from works by modernist dance legends Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Bob Fosse, and Merce Cunningham. The ongoing open rehearsal from 3-6:30pm will be followed by a conversation at 6:30pm between the choreographer, the dancers, scholar Eylul Akinci, and Curator in the Department of Media and Performance Art at MoMA Ana Janevski who are reconceiving notions of modernity from unlikely perspectives.

Dancers - Michael Blake, Emily Rose Canon, Marc Crousillat, Stanley Gambucci, Nicholas Leichter, Hsiao-Jou Tang, Megan Williams.

Co-sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in Theatre at the Graduate Center, CUNY.