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Musings: Duet

leigh patterson
Musings: Duet

This week we debuted a new collection of JH pieces — DUET, which explores an abstract study in duos, pairings, and mirrored form.

On the JH mood board: considerations of these themes in art and dance — two moving as one, deliberate synchronicity, connection…here are two favorite examples.

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Study 1.

"Fase (Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich)" by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. A work composed of four distinct movements, consisting of three duets and a solo, which correspond directly with the titles of works by Steve Reich.

This work as a whole represents:

- a duality between focused movement and personality in dance

- the relationship between dance and music

- the paralleling sequence of time and space: "the concept of choreography as the art of organizing movements in time and space."

More here.


Study 2.

Art / Life: One Year Performance 1983–1984 (Rope Piece) by Tehching Hsieh and Linda Montano, in which the artists tied each other together with a rope and signed the following manifesto: “We will stay together for one year and never be alone. We will be in the same room at the same time, when we are inside. We will be tied together at waist with an eight-foot rope. We will never touch each other during the year.” Hsieh even commuted with Montano daily and accompanied her to her teaching job.

Read more here.