Sara Rudner, director of the dance program at Sarah Lawrence College, presents “Dancing-on-View (Preview/Hindsight)” on Sunday, May 13, in the sixth floor studios of the Baryshnikov Arts Center on the west side of Manhattan. The cast of dancers and musicians includes faculty members Merceditas Manago-Alexander, William Catanzaro, Peggy Gould, and Jerome Morris, as well as alums, Megan Boyd MFA ’01, Erin Crawley-Woods ’01, Laurel Dugan ’01, Maria Earle MFA ’06, Elizabeth Filbrun ’05, Anneke Hansen ’02, Rachel Lehrer and Lori Yuill MFA ’05. The dancing will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will end as the sun sets and daylight fades.
“Dancing-on-view (Preview/Hindsight)” is the latest incarnation of Sara Rudner’s obsession with dance and dancing; Rudner dedicated her semester-long sabbatical to the project. It reflects on dancing made and performed throughout the last decade as it tries out new activities and forms destined for other times and spaces. It is a dance installation/marathon in non-theatrical time and space devoted to the premise of dance as an on-going activity; a personal challenge for dancers and choreographer. It is an opportunity for an audience to determine duration of attendance, all are free to come and go during the event.
Sara Rudner, a graduate of Barnard College, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She participated in the development and performance of Twyla Tharp’s modern dance repertory from 1965-1985. During this time, she began to choreograph for a small group of dancers known as the Sarah Rudner Performance Ensemble, conceiving and directing a series of dances that queried conventional time frames, spaces and occasions for dancing. Since 1985 Rudner has collaborated with like-minded artists including Dana Reitz, Russell Dumas, Christopher Janney, Jennifer Tipton, Rona Pondick, Robert Feintuch, and Mikhail Baryshnikov among others. She received a Bessie in 1984 and has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.
The event is sponsored by Danspace Project, the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation and Heart Dance, Inc.