The Invention Of Minus One (2009)
The Invention Of Minus One
A multimedia spectacle of live choreography and 3D animation, Jonah Bokaer's The Invention of Minus One infuses motion capture technology into an live performance that propels dance and moving image technology into new realms of innovation. Through motion capture research compiled from a year of epic investigation, Bokaer and his collaborators; video: Michael Cole; costumes: Isaac Mizrahi; sound: Christian Marclay; light: Aaron Copp examine the actual and the virtual presence of the human body. The Invention of Minus One was awarded a New York Dance & Performance/BESSIE Award for Best Original Lighting Design (Aaron Copp, 2008).
Premiére: March 12th, 2008 | Abrons Arts Center, NYC
Duration: 50 minutes
Choreography: Jonah Bokaer
Video & Animation: Michael Cole
Sound: Christian Marclay
Lighting: Aaron Copp
Costumes: Isaac Mizrahi
Original Performance: Holley Farmer, Rashaun Mitchell, Banu Ogan
The Invention Of Minus One is made possible, in part, with funds from the Danspace Project 2007-2008 Commissioning Initiative with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Invention Of Minus One is a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Danspace Project in partnership with DiverseWorks and the National Performance Network. NPN and the NPN Creation Fund is sponsored by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Altria, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: www.npnweb.org. Production support for The Invention of Minus One and Jonah Bokaer/Chez Bushwick, Inc. has been realized, in part, through contributed funds from 2wice Arts Foundation, Cowles Charitable Trust, Freedom Forum, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Goldman Sachs, Prospect Hill Foundation, and the Family Foundations of Jerome L. Stern, and Anne & Joel Ehrenkrantz. Special thanks to galleries Metro Pictures Gallery, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Shoshana Wayne, Sikkema, Jenkins & Co.
Danspace Project's 2007-2008 Commissioning Initiative has received support from the Jerome Foundation, Mid-Size Presenting Organizations Initiative, implemented by the Nonprofit Finance Fund and funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and the New York State Council on the Arts. With this funding, Danspace has this fall commissioned new work by Tere O'Connor, Yummy Dance, Nami Yamamoto, Parijat Desai, Joyce S. Lim, Ashleigh Leite, Monica Bill Barnes, Nugent+Matteson Dance, and Yvonne Meier. We offer our very special thanks to Cynthia Gehrig and Deborah Lim for their critical support of artists' work. We are also immensely grateful for the generous individuals who support the Dans/Creation Fund.
The Invention Of Minus One is a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Danspace Project in partnership with DiverseWorks, and the National Performance Network. NPN and the NPN Creation Fund is sponsored by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Altria, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). The National Performance Network is a group of cultural organizers and artists facilitating the practice and public experience of the performing arts in the United States. NPN serves artists, arts organizers, and a broad range of audiences and communities across the country through commissions, residencies, culture-centered community projects and other artistic activities. For more information: www.npnweb.org.
This performance is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.