Body Madness – Absurdity, wit, rhythm, humor

Authors:  Jodi Bender & Ursula Eagly
Publisher: Danspace Project (2011)

Paperback: 43 pages
Language: English

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RÉSUMÉ

There is a structural madness, just when you are convinced it’s all falling apart, it suddenly comes together.” – Judy Hussie-Taylor

“Rhythm and humor are like the ego and id of contemporary dance. Rhythm expounds on the passing of time while humor explodes it. Unlike love and marriage, you can have one without the other. Rhythm doesn’t need to be funny, but humor won’t fly without keen timing. Contemporary dance in New York City, though often embodying the highest ideals, has never succeeded in sidestepping the banana peels strewn in its path.” – David Parker

This catalogue accompanied Danspace Project’s Platform 2011: Body Madness curated by Judy Hussie-Taylor and David Parker, February-April 2011. Divided into two parts, the Platform examined strains of Absurdity & Wit and Rhythm & Humor in contemporary dance.

Featuring contributions by Laurie Berg, Douglas Dunn, Ursula Eagly, Huffa Frobes-Cross, Michelle Dorrance, Miguel Gutierrez, Judy Hussie-Taylor, Ana Isabel Keilson, Mariangela Lopez, Yvonne Meier, Cori Olinghouse, David Parker, Chris Schlichting, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Adrienne Truscott, Aynsley Vandenbroucke, and Arturo Vidich.

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