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MANCC Renowned Choreographer Continues in Fourth Residency

Published February 6, 2018
Living Legacy Artist Ann Carlson in rehearsal for Dumbo Redacted during her 2016 MANCC residency.

Living Legacy Artist Ann Carlson in rehearsal for Dumbo Redacted during her 2016 MANCC residency. (Photo: Chris Cameron. MANCC.)

February 11-24, 2018

Each year the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) supports 10-15 renowned choreographic artists in 2-3 week residencies within FSU’s School of Dance. In addition to receiving 24/7 access to two state-of-the-art dance studios, artists may utilize a full-time media specialist to document and archive their work, as well as customized opportunities to engage with the full array of scholarly resources available on campus. Over MANCC’s 14 years of supporting research and development in the creative process for dance artists, the need for deeper, more sustained support of artists has become apparent. For this reason, with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MANCC has made a multi-year, multi-residency commitment to supporting vanguard artists at each phase in the development of their projects. By enabling artists to deeply research ideas in and out of the studio (concept, movement, and production design), artists are able to more fully realize their artistic visions.

This month, MANCC is pleased to welcome the living legacy, Ann Carlson, back to campus as one such artist receiving this sustained support. Carlson will return to campus February 11 – 24 for the final in a series of four residencies supporting the development of her solo project, Dumbo Redacted, which she will both choreograph and perform. Carlson is an interdisciplinary artist who borrows techniques from dance, performance, theater, and visual and conceptual art, and often dismantles conventional boundaries between artist and subject. She has been a Visiting Artist at Stanford University and has received numerous awards for her work including a Creative Capital Award, a USA Artist Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship, and was the first Herb Alpert awardee in Choreography.

Dumbo Redacted builds upon her celebrated Animals series and is informed by the movement and mythologies surrounding earth’s largest land mammal, the elephant. The piece is set inside a circus ring and is caught in a story out of sequence and out of date. The work plays with clumsy grace and wild quiet as it collides and colludes with time, gravity, fury, and redemption. Joining Carlson once again in residence is her dramaturg for the project, Melanie Joseph, who will continue to assist in refining the narrative and scenic elements of the work.


Entrypoints are unique opportunities for visiting artists to conduct research and collaborate with the FSU and Tallahassee communities as well as the national dance field.

School of Dance Forum Presentation
Wednesday, February 21, 10:30am
Black Box Studio

Meetings with Scholars/Experts
Chad Mathews, Director
FSU Flying High Circus

For more information regarding the showing, please email

The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), at the FSU School of Dance, is a choreographic research and development center whose mission is to raise the value of the creative process in dance.