And lose the name of action (2012)

Exploring the ghostlike traces that dance leaves on your mind and body, And lose the name of action is an evening length performance for six unforgettable, award-winning performers. Michelle Boulé, Hilary Clark, Luke George, Miguel Gutierrez, K.J. Holmes and Ishmael Houston-Jones come together to form an incongruent family and create a moving scéance for the 21st Century. Inspired by Jørgen Leth’s film The Perfect Human, the elusive logic of dance improvisation, philosophical quandaries about the brain, and the 19th century spiritualist movement, And lose the name of action draws connections between the analytical and the unexplainable, grappling with the limits of language and the ever present spectre of death. With music by Neal Medlyn, lighting design by Lenore Doxsee and film/text by Boru O'Brien O'Connell, And lose the name of action promises to be an unforgettable experience!



Created by Miguel Gutierrez in collaboration with the performers
Performed by Michelle Boulé, Hilary Clark, Luke George, Miguel Gutierrez, K.J. Holmes, and Ishmael Houston-Jones; understudy, James McGinn
Lights By Lenore Doxsee
Sound Design by Neal Medlyn
Songs by Miguel Gutierrez
Multi-Channel Film Installation and Writing by Boru O’Brien O’Connell
Costumes by David Tabbert
Costume assistance by Matt Kessler
Production Manger, Natalie Robin
Sound & Video supervisor Jimin Brelsford
Management by Ben Pryor / tbspMGMT & Julie Alexander

September 19-22, 2012 *World Premiere
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 19 & 20, 2012 *European Premiere
Oktoberdans, BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen, Norway,

November 8 & 9, 2012
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, Vermont

December 4-8, 2012 *New York Premiere
BAM, Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn, NY

January 31 - February 3 2013
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

May 2-5, 2013
On the Boards, Seattle, Washington

September 2012
Time Based Art Festival, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon



Lead commissioning and developmental support for And lose the name of action has been provided by Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University in Tallahassee and Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. Additional project support was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust, The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation. And lose the name of action is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund/Forth Fund Project co-commissioned by MCA Chicago in partnership with Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, On the Boards, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music and NPN. Major contributors of NPN are the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, MetLife Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: www.npnweb.org. Additional co-production support has been provided by On the Boards and BIT Teatergarasjen. Additional funding came through the support of 399 individual donors who contributed through Kickstarter. And lose the name of action has been supported by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council through a residency at Building 110: LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island. Additional residency support provided by Baryshnikov Arts Center.


background photo, Ian Douglas