Cornell University

Locally Grown Dance Festival: Mid-Levels at Milstein Hall

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 5:00pm to 5:45pm

Milstein Hall
943 University Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

LGDF/Cultivating Space: Mid-Levels at Milstein Hall explores the dramatic and psychological imaginings of a space conceived by dancers and pedestrians together. 

What does it mean to take a dance performance outside of the theater, to create a stage that is suddenly unbound, to have dancers occupy the vertical and layered planes and corridors of traffic in Milstein? 

Dancing on top of one another, sweeping across passers-by, engaging serendipitous spectators—all challenge our preconceptions of the physical function of a restless, occupied space and question how we construct meaning from our movements as defined by the architecture of the space. 

Different planes of dancing evoke different levels of urban living—spatial levels generated by the vertical and horizontal crowding of contemporary urban living as well as temporal levels. Each of us has a history, a kind of archaeology, layer on layer: we can imagine ourselves as instantly present all the time, but we also understand that we each live on top of the past, and that the future rests on our shoulders. 

Mid-Levels challenges us to not only move forward and back, but to travel up and down, on elevators, highways, and bridges of our imagination.

This event is co-sponsored by the Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA). 

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