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MANCC Welcomes Ralph Lemon

Published July 30, 2012

Ralph Lemon (CA) Living Legacy Artist | June 30 – August 12, 2012

Work in Development: Four Walls


Gesel Mason, Djedje Djedje Gervais, and Darrell Jones perform Wall. (c) Dan Merlo

The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) welcomes Living Legacy Artist Ralph Lemon (NY) intoresidence.

Lemon is the Artistic Director of Cross Performance, a company dedicated to the creation of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary performance and presentation. Lemon is also an inaugural recipient of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Artist Award (2012) and was one of fifty artists to receive the inaugural United States Artists Fellowship in 2006.

Ralph Lemon returns to MANCC to develop his latest project, Four Walls. The work is a multi-media installation with live performance that provides four points of view on one dance, giving new shape to the “dance with no form” that was Wall, the central section of Lemon’s 2010 stage work, How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere?. Four Walls began as a collaboration between Lemon and videographer/editor Shoko Letton (FSU Alumna and MANCC filmmaker in residence 2007-2011) using months of footage from the development of Wall. Lemon’s intention for Wall was to create a “dance that disappears” – an attempt, in the words of dramaturg Katherine Profeta, to “fling the body headlong into an instant of pure essence.”

Lemon and Letton desired to create a film that provides, for viewers, a different kind of engagement in a creative process that is relentless in its questioning of the nature of what passes between performers and audiences. Video editor Mike Taylor has now joined the collaborative team.

While in residence, Lemon will collaborate with two of the original cast members of Wall, Darrell Jones (FSU School of Dance Alumnus) and Gesel Mason. He intends to develop the relationship between the live performance of Jones’ and Mason’s solos and the projected material.

Four Walls premieres at Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, NY on November 15-16, 2012.


Please see or email for additional information about Lemon’s residency.

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.