DD Dorvillier/human future dance corps

"The choreography of Danza Permanente comes from a musical composition created in Vienna two centuries ago by a nearly deaf man. Initially written for four stringed instruments, it's transposed to be seen, played by four dancers. They embody the musical structure, behaviors, and dynamics of the string quartet over time, and through space, behaving as sound, in their becoming of visible music, in silence. The transposition is by choreographer DD Dorvillier and composer Zeena Parkins, with dancers Fabian Barba, Nuno Bizarro, Walter Dundervill, and Naiara Mendioroz, and with the assistance and input of rehearsal director Heather Kravas. The acoustic environment created by Zeena Parkins and lighting design by Thomas Dunn follow the score and frame the visible music."

DD Dorvillier will discuss the process and practices leading to the creation of this new work to be premiered in May 2012.

DD Dorvillier (choreographer) has been developing her artistic work in New York City since 1989, performing in the works of others, teaching, curating, and mentoring, as well as being an active force in the international dance scene. In 2003 she was awarded a Bessie for Choreography of Dressed for Floating, and in 2010 for her performance in Parades & Changes, replays, a re-activation by choreographer Anne Collod, of Anna Halprin's 1965 work.

In 1991 she and dancer/choreographer Jennifer Monson created the Matzoh Factory. For over a decade the studio was an accessible grassroots site for wild experimentation where many choreographers and artists congregated for low-tech and low-cost shows, rehearsals, parties, and readings. She has worked with and been deeply influenced by: Jennifer Monson, Zeena Parkins, Jennifer Lacey, Yvonne Meier, Sarah Michelson, and Karen Finley, among many others.

She has been a Movement Research Artist in Residence, was curator of the Movement Research Festival, and co-editor of the MR Performance Journal "Release". She received a New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellowship (2000), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Fellowship (2007), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2011). Her work with her company, human future dance corps, has been presented in New York at The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, and PS 122, among many others. Internationally she has presented her work at ImPulsTanz, Vienna; DeSingel, Antwerp, STUK, Leuven; Hau/Hebel am Ufer, Berlin; Frascati, Amsterdam; Zagreb Dance Weeks, Zagreb; Springdance Dialogues/TSEH Festival, Moscow; Performance Space, Sydney, and many others.

Zeena Parkins (composer, musical director) multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, sound artist, well-known as a pioneer of the electric harp, extending the language of the acoustic harp with the inventive use of unusual playing techniques, preparations, and layers of digital and analog processing. Parkins has received commissions to provide scores for film, video, chamber orchestras, theater and dance. She has longterm creative relationships with Neil Greenberg, John Jasperse, Jennifer Monson, Jennifer Lacey, DD Dorvillier, and Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh, and has also appeared with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, who commissioned a new work for Experiments in the Studio. She has appeared in festivals worldwide and on countless recordings. Some collaborators include: Kim Gordon, John Zorn, Bjork, Yoko Ono, Christian Marclay, Fred Frith, Elliott Sharp, Thurston Moore and filmmakers Cynthia Madansky, Mandy McIntosh and Daria Martin. Zeena has received three Bessies for her extraordinary work in music within the dance and performance field in the United States and abroad for over two decades.

When: Friday 9 March
Time: 8.00pm
Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse
Costs: FREE!
Bookings: Call 03 9347 2860 or email


Supported by Lucy Guerin Inc

Image: Walter Dundervill