Last Meadow (2009)

“I would like to write about nicer things or fiction but we shouldn’t avoid reality should we? The things I have just written are the truth. They are very hard to write about. I am lonely. Forgive me. I am lonely.”
-James Dean, 1953

Last Meadow is an evening length piece using original choreography and writing mixed with movement and words from James Dean’s three movies to look at the myth of America the father, and confusion as a potentially transformative, sensory-enlivened state.

Created by Miguel Gutierrez in collaboration with the performers,
with assistance from Alex Anfanger and Neal Medlyn
Performed by: Michelle Boulé, Miguel Gutierrez, and Tarek Halaby
Sound Design: Neal Medlyn
Lighting Design by: Lenore Doxsee
Costume Styling by: David Tabbert
Technical Director: Mike Inwood

music sources: Lucas Reginald Grant – Physical Attraction; Madonna, Joe Henry and Stuart Price – Jump (Jacques Le Cont Edit); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem (Marie McLaughlin/Maria Ewing/Jerry Hadley/Cornelius Hauptmann/Leonard Bernstein, Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra); Leonard Rosenman, score for East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause; Dimitri Tiomkin, score for Giant
text sources: Miguel Gutierrez and East of Eden: Paul Osborn (sreenplay) adapted from John Steinbeck; Rebel Without a Cause: Stewart Stern (screenplay), Irving Shulman (adaptation) from a story by Nicholas Ray; Giant: Ivan Moffett (screenplay) adapted from Edna Ferber
Duration: 90 Minutes

Last Meadow is commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop’s Commissioning and Creative Residency Program with support from The Jerome Foundation, The Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal Agency, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Jerome Robbins Foundation and commissioning support from the New York State Council on the Arts Dance Program. Last Meadow is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop in partnership with Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and NPN. Major contributors of NPN are the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, MetLife Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: Last Meadow is a project of Creative Capital, which currently receives support from the Andy Warhol Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The TOBY Fund, The James Irvine Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, and other individual and institutional donors. Additional support for Last Meadow has been provided by The Jerome Foundation, The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, Lambent Fellowship, a project of Tides Foundation, New York, the Josephine Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Choreography and the generous support of individual donors. Last Meadow was developed in the following residencies: Workspace at Abrons Art Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center and Hollins University, Texas Woman’s University.

background and performance photos by Ian Douglas