Partnership Project: McKnight Artist Fellow | March 29 - April 11, 2015
HIJACK returns to MANCC, entering their twenty-first year as a company, initiating a new project that interrogates their process of making work. To challenge their approach to performance, HIJACK is creating an exploratory residency, essentially a laboratory that investigates their relationship to improvisation. To initiate these investigations, HIJACK has invited Lisa Nelson to join them for their first week in residence. Nelson, a long-time researcher into dance improvisation, has developed a practice called Tuning Scores that explores the physical senses in imagination, performance and observation in movement. Along with Nelson, HIJACK is gathering a group of dancers from around the country to experiment with the skills and material they will be developing.
The second half of the residency will allow HIJACK to integrate the experiences of the first week into their practice. Additionally, the two are interested in researching Library Science and examining the approach to organizing and storing an immense amount of material and relating their findings to composition and choreography. Aside from the investigation of how libraries hold and make sense of and categorize past information, HIJACK will explore methods of organizing and understanding the future (ie. astrology, personality tests) to consider the connections in time.
This residency supported, in part, by the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Choreographers, a program funded by The McKnight Foundation and administered by Northrop that supports Minnesota individual artists.
Collaborators in residence: Margit Galanter, Naomi Joy, Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson, Morgan Thorson [dance artists]