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Dylan Crossman presents new work at Gibney dance

Dylan Crossman Dans(c)e will share the stage with Caleb Teicher & Company in a split-bill that will open Gibney Dance's Double Plus series. Curated by David Parker, the company will present its latest work [Insert Title] , December 1-3, 2016.

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Jason Collins, Sarah Haarmann, Sumi Clements ; photo by Sally Cohn, courtesy of The Yard 2016

Jason Collins, Sarah Haarmann, Sumi Clements ; photo by Sally Cohn, courtesy of The Yard 2016

Museum of Arts and Design commissions Crossman

Choreographer Dylan Crossman / Crossman Dans(c)e creates a new site-specific dance piece in response to an installation of outdoor bronze sculptures by the noted sculptor and leading figure in American art furniture, Wendell Castle. The performance is held in conjunction with Wendell Castle Remastered at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). Performance will be held street level on Saturday, November 7 at 2pm and 4pm.

Crossman, former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, brings this unique pedigree to his own dances that have been called “compellingly poetic” by The New York Times. The site specific dance, titled Oscillating While Dreaming, Crossman investigates Castle’s balance of organic and modern forms simulating this balance into the making of this dance while acknowledging the need for art to address “relative failure”: spontaneous accidents that lead the maker into new realms of discovery. Defining the limits of an idea in space is an integral part of understanding the result. Even if it leads to a dead-end, it must be pursued. It is this pursuit of a fluid assimilative performance that interests Crossman: bridging the relationship between the architecture of sculpture and dance in both the study of abstract and literal form. Oscillating While Dreaming is Crossman’s search to animate the human hand in Castle’s formal yet abstract sculptural works.

Joining Crossman is long-time Cunningham dancer Lisa Boudreau and new Shen-Wei recruit Russell Stuart Lilie. Oscillating While Dreaming is commissioned specifically for Wendell Castle Remastered at MAD.

Joining Crossman is long-time Cunningham dancer Lisa Boudreau and new Shen-Wei recruit Russell Stuart Lilie. Oscillating While Dreaming is commissioned specifically for Wendell Castle Remastered at MAD.

Review: Against the Wall / Bartosik and Crossman share a program in a confined space

ARTS JOURNAL
By DEBORAH JOWITT
MAY 23, 2015

Kimberly Bartosik, Dylan Crossman, and Melissa Toogood all danced in Merce Cunningham’s company—Bartosik for nine years a few decades ago, Crossman and Toogood in the company that was finally disbanded in 2011. What perhaps should not surprise us is the emotional resonance and implications of drama that imbue the works that Bartosik and Crossman premiered on their shared program at Abrons Art Center (part of a series, Travelogues, curated by Laurie Uprichard), and which affect all the works by Bartosik that I’ve seen. After the three had lived through so many years of being warned that (despite some evidence) no stories were being told in a Cunningham dance and that the movement was the meaning, any urges toward narrative must have huddled in each one’s subconscious like a ticking time bomb.

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