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About Stacking

About Stacking About Stacking Accumulation, Collapse, and Choreographic Writing Jonah Bokaer TACKS is a production I choreographed and directed in 2008, which collapses the traditional expectations for what a dance, text, or sculpture can be. This project began as a gradual and multi-dimensional evolution of Anne Carson’s writing, which in recent years has become increasingly collaborative with other disciplines. Following her investigative research on the properties of dance, contemporary choreography, and its strategies, Carson initiated a residency in Michigan with three dancers from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Carson and the dancers explored material on the self-reflective properties of pronouns, the human body in motion, and the histories of language and choreography. The resulting project, Possessives Used as Drink (Me): A Lecture on Pronouns in the Form of 15 Sonnets, was created in collaboration with the dancers Andrea Weber, Rashaun Mitchell, and Julie Cunningham. Possessives originated as a text written by Carson, which was brought together with movement material by the dancers, who in turn were recorded on camera by Robert Currie. Subsequent editing produced a document that includes Carson’s voice as a soundscape. The resulting video was then used as scenography for performances of Carson’s text, during which she http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

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Publisher
MIT Press
Copyright
© 2017 Jonah Bokaer
Subject
Play
ISSN
1520-281X
eISSN
1537-9477
DOI
10.1162/PAJJ_a_00368
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Abstract

About Stacking Accumulation, Collapse, and Choreographic Writing Jonah Bokaer TACKS is a production I choreographed and directed in 2008, which collapses the traditional expectations for what a dance, text, or sculpture can be. This project began as a gradual and multi-dimensional evolution of Anne Carson’s writing, which in recent years has become increasingly collaborative with other disciplines. Following her investigative research on the properties of dance, contemporary choreography, and its strategies, Carson initiated a residency in Michigan with three dancers from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Carson and the dancers explored material on the self-reflective properties of pronouns, the human body in motion, and the histories of language and choreography. The resulting project, Possessives Used as Drink (Me): A Lecture on Pronouns in the Form of 15 Sonnets, was created in collaboration with the dancers Andrea Weber, Rashaun Mitchell, and Julie Cunningham. Possessives originated as a text written by Carson, which was brought together with movement material by the dancers, who in turn were recorded on camera by Robert Currie. Subsequent editing produced a document that includes Carson’s voice as a soundscape. The resulting video was then used as scenography for performances of Carson’s text, during which she

Journal

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: May 1, 2017

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