As I look at the relationships, ideas, stories and memories that have made up my life, I notice that, over time, their meanings have evolved and changed. I expect they will continue to do so. They are like the colored pieces of glass in a kaleidoscope: at any moment they may settle into a picture, but these vibrant slivers are in motion, constantly creating new pictures. I believe that this blending/fusing/mingling/ of events and memories in relationship to each other is universal, and that in describing this experience in dance, I will be able to say something about how we understand our lives and our identities.
As I turned 60, I was inspired to initiate an epistolary collaboration: I sent sixty letters to people who have been important to me in different ways, and asked each of them to suggest an idea for a dance. The idea could come in any form, sounds, visual images, words, etc. This collaboration was the basis for Sixty, which premiered at Danspace Project in November 2008.
I kept a journal of the evolution of Sixty on this website. To read it, click HERE
Sixty is an evening-length work. The Danspace premiere featured Elise Knudson, Luke Gutgsell, Paul Singh, Gabriel Forestieri, and Rachel Lehrer, my core company. The performance also featured several guest performers, including Vicky Shick.
> Read Deborah Jowitt's review of Sixty in the Village voice.