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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.