History of Dance at P.S. 122

homecoming at ps122This Sunday, February 29th, will be the world premiere of P.S. 122 co-founder’s Charles Dennis’ film Homecoming – a documentary about the past 20 years of dance at P.S. 122, and its influence on the world of downtown performance. Show’s at 5 pm. at P.S. 122 – 150 1st Ave. @ 9th St. Tickets are $5.

“Homecoming” (Celebrating 20 Years of Dance at P.S. 122 – 1980-2000), a new documentary film by P.S. 122 co-founder Charles Dennis which chronicles the origins and evolution of Performance Space 122 in New York City and the downtown dance scene it helped to spawn.

P.S. 122 is one of this country’s most active presenters of new dance and performance art. The film was shot on the occasion of P.S. 122’s 20th season. To honor that achievement Dennis invited 10 choreographers, artists who had created some of their seminal works at P.S. 122 – Ron Brown, Ann Carlson, Yoshiko Chuma, Dancenoise, Mark Dendy, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Jennifer Monson, Charles Moulton, Sally Silvers and Doug Varone to return for a special taping of selected dances from their repertories.

Combining new and archival performance clips, interviews with the artists, commentary by Deborah Jowitt of the Village Voice, Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times, Joseph Melillo the Executive Producer of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and P.S 122 Artistic Director Mark Russell, photography by Dona Ann McAdams and original music by John Zorn, the film illuminates a portrait of a fertile dance scene that was instrumental in expanding the boundaries of contemporary dance and performance.

Following the screening there will be a dialogue with the audience moderated by Ishmael Houston-Jones featuring many of the participants in the film and a reception.

Charles Dennis is an interdisciplinary artist – choreographer, teacher, performance and video artist. His work focuses on finding intelligent ways to integrate dance and performance with film and video. His repertory includes films and videos that incorporate dance and performance art as well as live performances that are accompanied by film and video. The New York Times noted that his solo “Mr. Remote” (1999) “has the dynamic energy of dance itself, a rare thing in videodance and Mr. Dennis plays with real, imagined and video time with quietly dazzling wit and comfortable humanity.” Charles Dennis recently received a 2003 Fellowship in Performance/Interdisciplinary Art from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He has also received fellowships from the National Endowment For the Arts, the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and the UCLA National Dance Media Fellowship Program. Charles Dennis was a co-founder of Performance Space 122 in New York City. He is also the director and producer of Alive & Kicking – a video series profiling cutting edge dance and performance artists that is being distributed to educational institutions worldwide. For more information visit: www.charlesdennis.net

One thought on “History of Dance at P.S. 122”

  1. andy says:

    The world premiere of the film was an ENORMOUS success! It is an amazing documentary that not only covers the origins of P.S. 122 and the dance movements it spawned, but also the spirit and creativity that have infused the space since the beginning. For anyone who wants to learn more about the downtown scene this is a must-see. You can learn more about it at CharlesDennis.net

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