Black Box Studio, Montgomery Hall
The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography is thrilled to welcome Charles O. Anderson into residency for the first time from April 14-26, 2019. During his time at MANCC, Anderson will further the development of (Re)current Unrest, which is an evening-length immersive performance installation ‘ritual’ built upon the sonic foundation of Steve Reich’s three earliest works: It’s Gonna Rain (parts 1 and 2), Come Out and Pendulum. The piece is an investigation of legacy, authorship, and the history of black art and protest through the lens of the erasure of the Africanist presence inside of Reich’s compositions. Inspired by James Baldwin’s Fire Next Time and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me, (Re)current Unrest is an open movement letter from the artist, as a member of Generation X, to the millennial generation, saying ‘stay woke’!
Throughout his residency, Anderson plans to work with students in the School of Dance via multiple avenues that will also support his creative process. Through rigorous movement practices and engagement with the questions that ground the work, a group of five to eight student ‘docents’ will learn how to lead audiences through the installation as Anderson experiments with the use of docents for this project. As docents, these students will also be able to continue to facilitate discussions after Anderson and his collaborators have left. Additionally, Anderson will teach a class during the School of Dance’s Dance-a-Palooza, which is a festival-style week of classes during which students have opportunities to engage with different practices both with their usual faculty and guest artists. Finally, Anderson will host a work-in-progress showing in the Black Box Studio of Montgomery Hall on Wednesday, April 24, at 5:30pm. This showing is open to the public, so please be sure to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
651 Arts in Brooklyn, NY, will present the premiere of (Re)current Unrest later this year.
This residency is funded, in part, by the New England Foundation for the Arts‘ National Dance Project Production Grant and Production Residencies for Dance Grant.