Well Mother (2015)

Choreography and performance: Abigail Levine

 

Music: Ted Coffey

 

Duration: 16 minutes

 

Well Mother is a choreographic cycle for one dancer and four 50-foot extension cords, a precisely performed task of unspoken purpose. As the cords are rearranged, they stand as visual records of the effort and events of the dance. A live electronic score alternately supports and pushes against the progress of the dance. Well Mother makes a nod to Robert Motherwell's monumental painting cycle and his devotion to the elegiac work of repetition. 

 

Performance history

[DANCE ROULETTE], Roulette, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Jennifer Lafferty with support from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation (February 2015).

Work Up, Gibney Dance/ Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, NYC. Commissioning support from Gibney Dance and generous support from The Howard Gilman Foundation (April 2015).

 

Video

Well Mother at DANCE ROULETTE (February 2015).

 

[photos by Paula Court and Matthew Bernard]