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Descent's Dare on a Stair: Noémie Lafrance in New York

Descent's Dare on a Stair: Noémie Lafrance in New York DESCENT’S DARE ON A STAIR Noémie Lafrance in New York Deborah Garwood Descent, choreographed by Noémie Lafrance in collaboration with soloist Celina Chaulvin; original score by Brooks Williams, lighting design by Timothey Coffey; sound installation by Maxime Rioulx. November 2002, Stairwell B, City Court Building Clock Tower, New York. “Descent is and was a truly challenging project given the space we are working in (stairwell) and the media we are working with (dance). Transporting the ‘theatre’ to this location transformed our relationship to dance, from its point of departure (the body) to its point of arrival (your eyes). Our bodies are constantly confronted and influenced by the architecture that our society erects. As we reflect on how we interact with the environment we built for ourselves, movement speaks of space.”—Noémie Lafrance he young choreographer of Descent, the Canadian Noémie Lafrance, situated her latest work in a stairwell. The charm of the dance began with its simple equation of concept and a familiar architectural form. Located within a public space— Stairwell B of the City Court Building in downtown New York, a landmark architectural treasure located at Lafayette and Leonard Streets—Descent created an itinerant situation for its viewers in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

Descent's Dare on a Stair: Noémie Lafrance in New York

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MIT Press
Copyright
© 2003 Performing Arts Journal, Inc.
ISSN
1520-281X
eISSN
1537-9477
DOI
10.1162/152028103321781600
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Abstract

DESCENT’S DARE ON A STAIR Noémie Lafrance in New York Deborah Garwood Descent, choreographed by Noémie Lafrance in collaboration with soloist Celina Chaulvin; original score by Brooks Williams, lighting design by Timothey Coffey; sound installation by Maxime Rioulx. November 2002, Stairwell B, City Court Building Clock Tower, New York. “Descent is and was a truly challenging project given the space we are working in (stairwell) and the media we are working with (dance). Transporting the ‘theatre’ to this location transformed our relationship to dance, from its point of departure (the body) to its point of arrival (your eyes). Our bodies are constantly confronted and influenced by the architecture that our society erects. As we reflect on how we interact with the environment we built for ourselves, movement speaks of space.”—Noémie Lafrance he young choreographer of Descent, the Canadian Noémie Lafrance, situated her latest work in a stairwell. The charm of the dance began with its simple equation of concept and a familiar architectural form. Located within a public space— Stairwell B of the City Court Building in downtown New York, a landmark architectural treasure located at Lafayette and Leonard Streets—Descent created an itinerant situation for its viewers in

Journal

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: May 1, 2003

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