Netta Yerushalmy’s Rites of Modern Dance
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#SpeakingInDance | “There’s no build to the dance, so it’s a challenge from the very first step,” said Marc Crousillat of this reimagined version of Nijinsky’s “Rite of Spring” conceived by the choreographer Netta Yerushalmy. Part of Netta’s “Paramodernities” project — an ambitious deconstruction of works by 6 choreographers that braids together theory and performance — “Rite” replaces the original #Stravinsky music with text by David Kishik (seated). That, @nettayerushalmy said, is her way of putting the power dynamic between movement and language onstage. For this section of “Paramodernities” (at @nylivearts starting Thursday), Netta learned the choreography for all of the characters in second half of “Rite,” created movement units and assigned each one to a note in the score. As for choreographic flow? It's more about connecting positions. “You get to the shape” and freeze, @mcrousi said. “Arrive in the idea and then go to the next thing. I don’t think about jumping high, I just think about getting through.” As he told the @nytimes dance writer @giadk, the 20-plus-minute solo “turns into survival — it really feels like I will die.” @xdonavon made this video for #SpeakingInDance, our weekly series exploring the world of #dance.
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