60×60 Dance pairs 60 composers with 60 choreographers for an electrifying one-hour multimedia performance at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden, NYC :: November 14, 2008; 12:30 – 7:00 pm.
Envisioned by 60×60 project director Robert Voisey and choreographer Jeramy Zimmerman, this one-of-a-kind performance consists of 60 modern dance pieces set to 60 different and brand-new one-minute compositions. Dance influences range from ballet and tango to postmodern movements, while music includes medieval chant, neo-romantic chamber music, jazz, pop, electronica and everything but the kitchen sink.
“We’re living in a world of information overload where channel surfing has become an aesthetic onto itself,” explains Robert Voisey, founder and director of the new music consortium Vox Novus, which initiated the 60×60 project in 2003 with one-hour concerts featuring one composer per minute. “How short can a composition be for it to get its message across? Our goal is to disseminate the largest amount of music and dance to a broad spectrum of people.”
Eclectic by nature, 60×60 Dance offers an unmatched diversity of aesthetics,styles and techniques, making for a fast-speed, exhilarating event which never ceases to surprise. Music selections for the WFC event have been culled from an international pool of emerging and established composers, and then assigned to an equally varied mix of New York-based choreographers
assembled by Jeramy Zimmerman. During the event, the compositions will be played in succession over loud speakers. A large analog clock will keep track of time, with each minute marking the end of one dance and the beginning of another.
The 60 composers include Laurie Spiegel, Maggi Payne, Gene Pritsker, Christian Alequin, Robert Allaire, Nathan Asman, Gilberto Assis Rosa, Benjamin Boone, Adrian Borza, Courtney Brown, Paul Burnell, Russell Cannon, Nicholas Chase, David Claman, Jesse S. Clark, Adam Di Angela, Massimo Fragalà, William Francis, funf, Marji Gere, Josh Goldman, Alejandro Guerro, David Hahn, Cheyenne Henderson, Joel Hickman, Tilman Kuntzel, HyeKyung Lee, Cyprian Li, Sean Luciw, Gilles Maillet, Mike McFerron, Jordan McLean, Leslie de Melcher, Todd Merrell, Justin Merritt, Jeff Morris, David Morneau, Tim Mukherjee, Julia Norton, Junya Oikawa, Milicia Paranosic, Jeff Pfaumbaum, Bob Pollio, Schahram Poursoudmand (Lichtschrei), Jeffrey Raheb, Reconsiderate, Prent Rodgers, Paul Russell, Mark Scarpelli, Thorsten Scheerer (“Lilienweiss”), Dan Sedgwick, Louis Sellers, David Ben Shannon, Alex Shapiro, Nivedita ShivRaj, Alan Shockley, Patrick Smith, Mingzhu Song, Anthony St. Pierre, Robert Voisey, and Michael Wittgraf.
The 60 choreographers include Mary Cochran, Guta Hedewig, Pascal Rekoert/Flexicurve, Dixie FunLee Shulman, Marcela Alvarez, Germaul Barnes, Hettie Barnhill, Denise Binder, Samir Bittar, Deborah Black, Kim Blanchard, Jessica Bonenfant, Emily Bufferd, Preston Burger, Bryan Campbell, Veronica Carnero, Elana B Cohen, Emma Cotter/RETTOCAMME Ginger Cox, Alberto Denis, Jessica Desmond, Jamie L Dowd/The Sycamore Project, Kathleen Dyer/KDNY Dance, Caron Eule, Julie Fotheringham, Marisa Jane Gruneberg, Alaine Handa/A.H. Dance Company, Jen Harmer, CJ Holm, Lauren Holstein, Kaoru Ikeda, Erin Jennings, Beth Jucovy/ Dance Visions, Eun Jung and Guillermo/Da•Da•Dance Project, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Jordan Marinov, Kate Patchett and Melina Gac-Artigas, Kimberly Patterson, Amiti Perry, Becky Radway, Cathy Richards, Dana Reed, Eryn Rosenthal, Lynn Marie Ruse, Laura Shapiro, Leanne Schmidt, Carrie Stern, Roses Taveras, Astrid von Ussar, Mojca Ussar, Raegan Wilson/The Luvley Rae, Yin Yue, Jeramy Zimmerman/CatScratch Theatre, Courtney Zbinden, and Rishauna Zumberg.
60×60 Dance is a collaboration with 60×60, a series conceived by Vox Novus, whose mission is to produce and disseminate new music to a large and diverse audience. 60×60 debuted in New York in 2003 as an electroacoustic “tape” concert featuring 60 short electronic works. Since then 60×60 has organized dozens of concerts in the U.S. and around the world, promoting the work of more than 1000 composers. It has also expanded to include yearly collaborations with other media, including video, photography, films, sculpture, and dance. Among recent concerts and collaborations are Canadian Mix (October 2008, Toronto’s Nuit Blanche and Halifax), Midwest Mix (October 2008, Electronic Music Midwest), 60×60 Video (September 2008, French TV), and 60×60 Dance (September 2008, Galapagos). Every year, a CD is released to archive and preserve the music. The current discography includes 60×60 (2003) on Capstone, and two double-albums (2004-2005 and 2006-2007) on Vox Novus.
60×60 Dance is presented by arts>World Financial Center, which is sponsored by American Express, Battery Park City Authority, Brookfield Properties and Merrill Lynch.
“Arts World Financial Center is engaging the public like never before,” said Arts World Financial Center’s Executive and Artistic Director Debra Simon, who recently expanded the program to Brookfield Properties’ buildings in Los Angeles. “For over two decades we’ve engaged and entertained the public with hundreds of free events in one of the world’s grandest public spaces, the World Financial Center Winter Garden. At 20, it is only going to get better.”
Arts World Financial Center is sponsored by American Express, Battery Park City Authority, Brookfield Properties and Merrill Lynch.
Admission is free for all events. For more information on Arts World Financial Center, call (212) 945-0505 or click here.