Photo by Takashi Yokoyama
Theresa Duhon, artistic director
Duhon Dance is back! Catch Theresa Duhon and her dancer/collaborators Lutin Tanner and Priscilla Marrero in a piece (part set choreography, part structured improvisation) inspired by and performed on and around Tracie Hervy's public art installation "Three Boroughs," as part of FLOW on Randalls Island.
This outdoor performance, Movements for Three Boroughs, will take place on Saturday, September 17, from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Duhon Dance will share the program with choreographers Chloe Chotrani, Frederica Lewis, Rebecca Lloyd-Jones, and Nina Mendez Marti. Look for the large wooden frames on the southeastern part of the island, between the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and the Hell Gate Bridge. For a map and directions, visit http://www.flowartnyc.org/map-directions/map
Although Duhon Dance was on hiatus from late 2009 through mid-2016, Theresa continued to choreograph for various other populations throughout much of that time period.
Since early 2011, she has been one of the primary choreographers commissioned by Medicine Show Theatre to choreograph for their productions. To date, she has choreographed for eight shows (mostly musicals but also some plays) there. This has been a new, challenging, and rewarding experience for Theresa, not only because of the contrast in dance style, but also because working with actors and directors is quite different from working with dancers. Theresa considers herself lucky to have spent five seasons working closely with the late director Barbara Vann, who possessed a great wealth of knowledge of the world of theater but also had knowledge and appreciation of many other art forms.
In 2015, Margot Mink Colbert, the Artistic Director of Ballet Mink, which Theresa danced with from 2007-2015, invited Theresa to set an original piece on Ballet Mink company members as part of their "Echoes and Tales" concert. The result was the European premiere of Theresa's choreography! Her quintet "Equilibrium" was performed at Dansekapellet in Copenhagen, Denmark, in June of 2015.
In 2016, Theresa finally returned to Duhon Dance, creating work for her own dancers. She invited veteran Duhon Dance member Lutin Tanner, as well as brand-new Priscilla Marrero (whom Theresa performed with, as fellow cast members, in Luis Lara Malvacias's "(T)" in October, 2014) to join her for a site-specific structured improvisation (with some set choreography) at Tracie Hervy's public art installation "Three Boroughs" on Randalls Island, on September 17, 2016.
Also in 2016, Theresa cofounded a dance collective called Logos Dance Theater with Barbara Gail Montero, Patra Jongjitirat, and Greg Kollarus, specializing in explorations of the intersections of dance and philosophy. They plan to co-choreograph/co-create an evening-length show, in collaboration with various composers, musicians, dancers, and actors, to be premiered, alongside a philosophy panel discussion, in the spring of 2017.
2008 was a busy and fulfilling year for Duhon Dance and for Theresa. The most exciting development of the year was when Theresa received an iLAB mini residency along with collaborator biologist Colin Grubel. Together they explored similarities and differences between their fields, worked with cormorants, and developed material in rehearsals with Duhon Dance dancers Sophie DeVore, Cristina Jesurun, Joy Magyawe, Uta Takemura, and Lutin Tanner, as well as various guests. Read more about the residency and see photos.
Another highlight of 2008 was Theresa's guest artist appearance May 19-24 at Sugar Space (a dance studio run by Brittany Reese Dew) in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she taught daily modern technique classes and set several pieces from the Duhon Dance repertory on local dancers, culminating with a performance at the end of the week.
During the course of the year, Theresa created two commissioned works, one for Middle Collegiate Church (a duet she performed with Maya Seidel) and one individual commission, a ballet pas de deux. Additionally, Duhon Dance created and presented two brand-new pieces. One was "Trois Mouvements Perpetuels," an energetic trio to music of the same name by Francis Poulenc, performed by Sophie DeVore, Hae Young Oh, and Theresa at the Dancenow RAW Festival in April. The other was "Jamaica: from the Days of King to Today's Queens," specifically created for the Dance Jamaica! series of dance concerts in Jamaica, Queens. Duhon Dance was one of three companies chosen to perform as part of the series, each receiving one Saturday in October for a site-specific, outdoor performance on the lawn of the new Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Theresa's piece incorporated text by local historical figure Rufus King and was performed by Duhon Dance members Sophie DeVore, Cristina Jesurun, and Lutin Tanner, as well as Theresa, and special guest performer Lynn Brown.
To close out the year, Naoko Matsumoto performed "Donde Voy," a solo Theresa choreographed for her in 2002, and Theresa joined Naoko in a structured improv performance at Isabella House, where Naoko teaches hula dance.
As we move forward into 2009, Duhon Dance will continue to both explore new work and revisit old pieces. Our next scheduled performance will be Saturday, May 2, in Green Space Blooms, an annual curated concert of Queens choreographers at Green Space in LIC, Queens. There we will show "A Sense of Small," a series of solos performed to various poems and other excerpted text read live, which was choreographed in 2004.
Stay tuned for news of other upcoming performances and events!
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