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In Performance: Yvonne Meier’s This is not a pink pony 1+2 (NYC)

May 30, 2013 – June 1, 2013
Thursday-Saturday | 7:30 pm


Choreographer Yvonne Meier presents an evening-length program of two different yet interconnected pieces titled This is not a pink pony 1 and This is not a pink pony 2.

This is not a pink pony 1 is a remount of the piece which premiered in 2008 at the Kitchen, cast with the same dancers: Osmany Tellez, Marion Ramirez, and Arturo Vidich. It is a Dr. Zhivago-like love triangle in wintry wartime. Dancers attempt to jump rope while threatened by gunfire. Midway through all dancers switch off and so do the sexual tensions. In this urgent constellation, the movement is tightly scored and full of jealousy and brutal revenge.

This is not a pink pony 2 is a new creation with dancers Aki Sasamoto, Jeremy Pheiffer, and Arturo Vidich. This piece deals with bullying as a way to turn out rough and complex relationships. As a departure from former scored improvisation this piece is a set choreography. Physical comedy is used as a release from the bitter tension running through this work. Dancers find themselves in unexpected situations that ask for unconventional solutions.

Over the years, Yvonne Meier has developed a high-risk movement vocabulary that takes the audience through transformation by exhaustion. Her group pieces are wild, anarchic, and provocative post-modern spectacles. She often creates environments in which the dancers are exposed to high-speed, complex, and eccentric movement scores, combining elements of danger and total physical commitment.

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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