Visiting Artist Collective | Dec 1-Dec 16, 2023
Visiting Artists Ann Glaviano, Meryl Zaytoun Murman, Ryuta Iwashita, Jeremy Guyton (FSU, MFA, 2022) and Shannon Stewart together make up re:FRAME. The self-organizing group of five artists came to MANCC from December 1 to December 16, 2023 to further develop their own individual works, which are at various stages of development. In addition, the artists co-examined and processed their collective organizing (stretched over 5 years due to the global COVID-19 Pandemic) towards uplifting and sustaining dance-making, originally with a focus on New Orleans and the Gulf South.
While at MANCC, re:FRAME continued to look to choreographic research as a vehicle to reframe their sense of perception, modes of being, and co-existing, believing in the potency and promise of a radical reimagining of what dance includes and how dance can be funded, developed, and shared. Commonly, the five artists value embodied research, integrated community processes, the interrogation of complex social issues, and multidisciplinary ways of working, in unconventional relationships to space.
During their time at MANCC, Glaviano, Stewart, Iwashita and Zaytoun Murman presented showings of their works-in-progress that were open to the public. Additionally, Iwashita and Guyton each taught a class to FSU’s School of Dance students to engage with the students and get and give further insight into their research. Ryuta taught a Contact Improvisation class, infused with their life research called SOTAI: Ancestral Body, and Guyton taught jerkin’, the south L.A. social dance style that gained national recognition in the early 2000s.
In addition to the five visiting artists in the collective, re:FRAME collaborated with Sebastian Tsifis, a performance artist, filmmaker and linguist, Xotchil Musser, designer, and Melanie Greene, choreographer, dancer, and this residency’s Embedded Writer.
New Orleans-based choreographer and writer Greene joined the re:Frame artists for three days as part of MANCC’s Embedded Writer program to explore the collective’s history and to consider the idea of publication around re:Frame’s cultural advocacy work.
The Embedded Writer Program is supported by the Mellon Foundation.
Collaborators: Melanie Greene (writer), Xotchil Musser (lighting designer), Sebastian Tsifis (dancer)