The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

January 5, 2010

fucking bad luck

for the third time our building got hit with a vehicle today
this time it was a van slamming into the front, smashing the first-
story wall, you can see daylight through it, another day in the fucking
goddamn the bastard driving the fucking useless van may he rot in hell
for the first time we're being fined for having scaffolding for two
years on the building
we're trying to repair the leaks which are the result of porous mortar
put in by a maverick company which cut corners
the building had to be shored up after being hit by a car
fuck the driver of the car may he rot in hell
the leaks can't be fixed, the whole wall leaks
we're broke and we don't want to take the scaffolding down and put it
up again
goddamn the city bastards and the corporate bastards who are out to
get us
more people i know have no health insurance and health problems
goddamn the republicans and democrats who didn't pass the public option
i hope they die of painful diseases begging hospitals to take them in
without a cent in their pockets
just like my friend who died of cancer wallowing in his own shit
for that matter let's kill all the republicans and their concentration
camp followers
let's kill everyone
i want to kill everyone what's wrong with me
i want the rich to fucking suffer until they're screaming with pain
i don't give a shit about ideology, i just want them to fucking suffer
fucking religious bastards everywhere making life miserable for just
about everyone
i don't give a shit about analyzing our 'current condition'
fuck our 'current condition'
across the street ratner's finally building his huge stupid project
people i know were kicked out of their apartments because of eminent
goddamn motherfucker ratner i hope he rots in this life since there's
no hell i hope he gets unnameable diseases and crawls to hospitals that
won't take him in but fine him for his scaffolding and run him over
repeatedly with an out-of-control van as the goddamn building wall
falls down on top of him crushing his skull against the soon-to-be
homeless people he's making along with the big banks and their
fucking limos that cruise this areas looking for a lousy fix from
goddamn government usa, i hope ratner rots and his body gets eaten by
rats that are all over our street, and they pluck his eyes out and
eat them too and then the rats can see what kind of a fucking world
we're making, last time i knew neighborhood boys were hammering them
to death with boards
i liked this place better when crack was around

Please come! (Class announcement follows.)



Foofwa d'Imobilite: Musings
Foofwa d'Imobilite, Azure Carter, Alan Sondheim: Involuntaries

January 21-24
Performance Times: Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 3:00pm
Ticket Prices: $17 ($12 members, $10 RUSH tickets)

Please come to this amazing event!

Dance New Amsterdam
280 Broadway, 2nd Floor (entrance on Chambers, near City Hall)
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212.625.8369
Fax: 212.625.8313

Foofwa d.Imobilite/Neopost Ahrrrt
Musings and Involuntaries 1.6
January 21 . January 23 at 8:00pm, January 24 at 3:00pm
Post show discussion moderated by Nancy Dalva on January 21st

The efforts of Foofwa d'Imobilite and collaborators Alan Sondheim and
Azure Carter result in Involuntaries 1.6, a world premiere that saunters
along the edge of reason. The US premiere, Musings, is a collaboration
with lighting designer Jonathan O.Hear and reflects on the ideas of icons;
John Cage and the late Merce Cunningham. The performance will also include
the screening of videos by Foofwa d'Imobilite and Alan Sondheim.

US Premiere
Choreographed by Foofwa d'Imobilite
Performed by Foofwa dit Mobilit
Music by Foof Mobile
Lighting Design by Jonathan O.Hear

Musings should have been a duet and will bear the mark and weight of
absences, hence its subtitle: "solitary duet." The piece is structured in
a succession of several "musings," separated by nothingness.

The title implies the notions of "daydreams," "meditations," "reflec-
tions," "studies" and "introspections." Each "musing" includes a moment of
meditative study around some of Merce Cunningham.s and John Cage's ideas -
independence of dance and music, using chance as a way to make artistic
decisions and Zen Buddhist philosophy applied to theatrical art = adding a
curious and lively look to it. - Foofwa d'Imobilite

Involuntaries 1-6
World Premiere
A Production of Foofwa d.Imobilite/Neopost Ahrrrt
Collaboration with Alan Sondheim and Azure Carter
Performed by Azure Carter, Foofwa d'Imobilite, and Alan Sondheim
Dance/choreography/performance by Foofwa d'Imobilite
Song/performance by Azure Carter
Music by Alan Sondheim (cobza, yayli tanbur, hegelung, electric oud
and saz, cura cumbus, ukulele)
Costumes by Basse-Couture

"If you want to understand what about, perhaps these works will
open up the vast chasm of comprehension on the edge of falling apart - I
can't think of any better pieces in this regard, and, for that matter, in
the sheer beauty of fractured movement." - from Breaking New Ground by
Alan Sondheim

For the DNA performance, we are screening several videotapes illustrating
body performance in real and virtual worlds.

One of the things that has been most important for us has been the bridges
between "real" and "virtual" worlds. The two are intertwined, and I
believe that the "real" body is a cultural production, virtual in a way as
well. Foofwa moves among any number of worlds, as do my avatars and online
work; at times it is difficult to know where virtual worlds begin and the
real ones (for there are more than one) end. We have been able to explore
these issues, as well as those of "technological" and "natural" movements,
consistently throughout our projects.

Foofwa d'Imobilite

Born Fredric Gafner in Geneva in 1969 from parents in dance and
photography, Foofwa d'Imobilite studied at the Ecole de Danse de Genve and
was a member of the Geneva-based Ballet Junior. He danced professionally
with the Stuttgart Ballet in Germany (1987-1990) and with the Merce
Cunningham Dance Company, in New-York (1991-1998). In 1998, he started his
own work with solos and duets. Basing himself in Geneva, he founded
Neopost Ahrrrt in 2000 and created : Media Vice Versa (2002), on media and
digital images, Perform.dancerun.2 (2003), on the relations between dance
and sport, and Injuria (2004), on the precariousness of dancers.
conditions. He collaborated on three pieces with French choreographer
Thomas Lebrun: Le Show (2001), Un-Twomen-Show (2004) and MIMESIX (2005)
and toured throughout Europe with them. He created also Benjamin de
Bouillis (2005), a solo about out-of-body experiences, Live & Dance,
(2005) a piece for 8 dancers or non-dancers, Incidences (2006), a
multi-media and indeterminate piece about rituals and primitivity,
BodyToys (2007), a trio about the manipulated bodies of the entertainment
business, and The Making of Spectacles (2008), a quartet asking the
audience to construct the dance by voting in a public, democratic process.
Foofwa made numerous dance videos and collaborated with artists such as
Alan Sondheim, Nicolas Rieben, Christian Marclay and Antoine Lengo and has
had large group pieces commisioned by the Nederlands Dans Theater 2, the
Bern Ballet and the Ballet Junior. He won several international dance
competitions, among them, a bronze medal at the 1986 International Dance
Competition in Jackson, Mississipi, a 1987 Prix Professionnel at the Prix
de Lausanne, a 1995 New York Bessie Award and the 2006 Swiss Prize for
dance and choreography. He is a recepient of a 1999 Swiss-based Fondation
Leenaards cultural grant, and a 2009 individual grant from the New
York-based Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

For Carter/Sondheim biography and other information:

We hope to see you at the event!



Foofwa d'Imobilite (and Alan Sondheim)

(Foofwa is a brilliant teacher - I've seen him teach a number of times.)

Dance New Amsterdam
280 Broadway, 2nd Floor (entrance on Chambers)
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212.625.8369

Description below -

Foofwa d'Imobilite
Post Merce Neoformalism Dance Training
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: noon-2pm
January 13th-January 15th

Foofwa d'Imobilite and Alan Sondheim
Body States: New Explorations in Movement 
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 2-4pm
January 18th-January 22nd

Class Descriptions

Post Merce Neoformalism Dance Training

Foofwas classes are informed by his professional training in Ballet (in 
the Stuttgart Ballet from 87 to 90) and the Cunningham technique (with 
MCDC from 91 to 98). His interest in post-modern approaches to the body 
and his own physical investigations after 12 years of choreography makes 
the training a gentle and fun awareness of the body possibilities in 
complex movements.

Body States: New Explorations in Movement w/ Foofwa & Alan Sondheim

Lately, Foofwa explored chaos in multiple ways. First, in playing with 
(un)balance, he was able to create disorder and indeterminacy in very 
formal dance phrases. Second, he was inspired by uncontrolled dancelike 
movements caused by muscle contractions that occur as symptoms of several 
different disorders called Chorea. And third, he made improvisations 
duplicating some of Alan Sondheims avatar moves-these avatars follow 
chaotic and humanly impossible movement patterns. These three examples 
will guide us to explore how very formal dances can become chaotic and 
excitingly so!

See also:

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