The Invention of Minus One

This looks great! And who doesn’t love Jonah? Not to mention costumes by Isaac Mizrahi!

Danspace Project and Abrons Arts Center Co-Present


The Invention Of Minus One

March 12-16, 2008 


 Abrons Arts Center:

466 Grand Street (@ Pitt Street)

New York, NY 10002

 General Admission:

$15.00 (Danspace Members $10.00)



Award-winning media artist and choreographer Jonah Bokaer debuts the world premiere of a new multi-media dance work, The Invention Of Minus One, in a co-presentation by Danspace Project and the Abrons Arts Center.  The five-night engagement runs Wednesday, March 12th through Sunday, March 16th, 2008 with performances at 7:30 PM.

With this full length evening of technology-infused work, Bokaer endeavors to propel dance and motion capture into new realms of innovation.  The program opens with False Start, a solo animated, choreographed, and performed by the artist with the use of state-of-the-art digital choreographic software.  Bokaer examines the erasure of the moving body and the trace of its presence, while paying homage to Jasper Johns’ renowned painting of the same title.  False Start completes a trilogy of solos of similar aesthetic concerns that includes Charade (2006) and Nudedescendance (2005).

The program also features the world premiere of The Invention Of Minus One, an epic investigation resulting from one year of motion capture research on the moving bodies of four dance artists.  The Invention Of Minus One is performed by award-winning dancers:  Holley Farmer, Rashaun Mitchell, and Banu Ogan. Music by Christian Marclay, virtual décor by Michael Cole, lighting by Aaron Copp, and original costumes by Isaac Mizrahi complement the work. 

“well-crafted, cutting-edge choreography that moves dance into the new century.”

-The Dance Insider 



Danspace Project was founded by artists in 1974 to provide a venue for independent experimental choreographers.  It combines a rich history with an unstinting commitment to that which is contemporary, creative, and cutting-edge.  Three defining characteristics have secured its position as a leading advocate for contemporary dance:  Commissioning and presenting new dance work from New York, the U.S., and abroad; nurturing independent experimental choreographers at all stages of their careers; and professionally producing dance in uniquely flexible and communal settings like St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery and other remarkable venues throughout New York City.

Danspace Project’s mission is to stimulate, promote, and present challenging new work in dance from a broad range of artistic voices within a distinguished and nurturing environment.  Danspace Project encourages choreographers to take risks and is committed to assisting artists in realizing their creative visions within a professional setting.  Danspace welcomes the public to engage in and be transformed by the work of artists.



The Abrons Art Center of Henry Street Settlement is located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. At once global and local in its artistic reach, the Center serves as a prime venue for New York’s avant-garde, offering new, bold and experimental interdisciplinary work in dance, music and theater.



The Invention Of Minus One is made possible, in part, with funds from the Danspace Project 2007-2008 Commissioning Initiative with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  The Invention Of Minus One is a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Danspace Project in partnership with DiverseWorks and the National Performance Network. NPN and the NPN Creation Fund is sponsored by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Altria, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information:  Production support for The Invention of Minus One and Jonah Bokaer/Chez Bushwick, Inc. has been realized, in part, through contributed funds from 2wice Arts Foundation, Cowles Charitable Trust, Freedom Forum, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Goldman Sachs, Prospect Hill Foundation, and the Family Foundations of Jerome L. Stern, and Anne & Joel Ehrenkrantz. Special thanks to galleries Metro Pictures Gallery, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Shoshana Wayne, Sikkema, Jenkins & Co.

Danspace Project’s 2007-2008 Commissioning Initiative has received support from the Jerome Foundation, Mid-Size Presenting Organizations Initiative, implemented by the Nonprofit Finance Fund and funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and the New York State Council on the Arts.  With this funding, Danspace has this fall commissioned new work by Tere O’Connor, Yummy Dance, Nami Yamamoto, Parijat Desai, Joyce S. Lim, Ashleigh Leite, Monica Bill Barnes, Nugent+Matteson Dance, and Yvonne Meier.  We offer our very special thanks to Cynthia Gehrig and Deborah Lim for their critical support of artists’ work.  We are also immensely grateful for the generous individuals who support the Dans/Creation Fund. 

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