Ame Henderson grew up on Vancouver Island and now lives in Toronto where she stewards Public Recordings, a collaboratively run operation dedicated to choreographic research and performance. Committed to collaborative working structures both aesthetically and politically, Henderson’s recent projects focus on the political implications of the synchronous gesture and its potential as a collaboratively authored improvisatory practice of togetherness. Her projects, which continue to be researched and performed at home, across Canada and internationally, include /Dance/Songs/ (2006), The Most Together We’ve Ever Been (2009), relay (2010), 300 TAPES (2010) and what we are saying (2013) as well as commissions for Dancemakers and Toronto Dance Theatre. Most recently, Henderson was an artist-in-residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario where her project rehearsal/performance explored the gallery’s history of live performance culminating in a 12-hour durational rehearsal for Nuit Blanche 2014. Henderson is an associate dance artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre.
Project curated and presented by FADO Performance Art Centre
Workshop partners: Dancemakers & Public Recordings Performance venue partner: AGO Gallery partner: Gallery TPW
PERFORMERS: Aleesa Cohene Ame Henderson Andrea Nann Francesco Gagliardi Jon McCurley Margaret Dragu Martin Bélanger Mikiki Robert Abubo Shannon Cochrane Simon Rabyniuk Sara Wookey
The Project: TRANSMITTING TRIO A (1966) Over the course of a 5-day intensive workshop led by Sara Wookey — one of the few dancers authorized by Yvonne Rainer to “transmit” (to use Rainer’s own phrase) her works — a mixed group of dance and performance artists will learn several of Rainer’s dance works, focusing primarily on Trio A (1966).
Consisting of a 4½ minute sequence of movements that progress without repetition, phrasing, or emphasis and performed without musical accompaniment, Trio A(1966) is largely considered to be one of the originative works of the postmodern dance movement, as well one of the most influential works in the canon of 20th century dance. Rainer’s interest in task-based movement, the ephemeral, the un-spectacular, and rethinking the performer-audience relationship are characteristic concerns of both contemporary dance artists and performance artists.
The starting point for this project is the shared conversation between dance and performance artists around the distinctions between repertoire and reenactment, in particular consideration of how these modes of archiving in live art relate to the increasing interest in presenting performance art and choreography in the museum.
The results of the project are a series of presentations of Trio A (and other works in the Rainer repertoire) in a variety of contexts: a dance studio, a gallery, and a museum; as an open rehearsal, a single iteration, and a rotating relay.
THANK YOU. This project is possible because of the generous support of Dancemakers (Ben Kamino and Emi Forster) in making the workshop possible. Warm thanks to Public Recordings (Ame Henderson) in conceptualizing the project and helping to assemble the group. Thanks to the AGO (Kathleen McLean and Paola Poletto) for inviting this project into their activities. Thanks to the contribution of Gallery TPW as main host venue, and to curators Jacob Korczynski and Kim Simon for their keen thinking in organizing a series of discursive events in response to the project’s proposal.
SCHEDULE Dance is Hard to See: Capturing and Transmitting Movement through Language, Media and Muscle Memory, a lecture demonstration by Sara Wookey March 19, 7:30pm @ Dancemakers, Distillery District, 15 Case Goods Lane
Performance of Trio A (1966) by Sara Wookey March 24, 7:00pm @ Gallery TPW
Open rehearsals of Trio A (1966) March 22, 4:00–5:00pm @ Dancemakers March 25, 7:00-8:00pm @ AGO, 317 Dundas Street West March 28, 12:00-5:00pm @ Gallery TPW, 170 St. Helens Avenue
Above: Trio A rehearsal with Yvonne Rainer. 2015. Photo by Henry Chan. Below: Trio A dinner with Yvonne Rainer. 2015. Photo by Henry Chan.
This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?