Shot entirely within the pandemic interior of May 2020, 126 BPM is a video documenting rehearsals for an unseen rooftop dance. The dance resurfaces as a trace of the time that shaped it, recurring and blending together with footage from home movies and failed screen tests for a slutty cooking show. In this state of contingency, dance steps and structures repeat themselves, seeking delayed resonance with a muddled period of rooftop dances and unaudienced, tacky “dance films”. Soundtrack: Out by Myself--Cherushii and Maria Minerva +
Look How Hard I'm Into You--Séverine
A pamphlet consisting of 4 poems and 3 images bound together in the context of spring 2020, NEWTOWN CREEK PARTNER DANCING MEMORIAL ENSEMBLE aspires to form an anchor within time as it slides by.
I’m screensaver livestream--shared via instagram live on May 1st 2020--continues an ongoing practice that combines live video feeds, built architecture, and a performing body to produce choreographies of motion, light, and shadow. In response to the sudden absence of venues for live performance, this iteration of the live-feed process used an iPhone to capture ephemeral lighting effects for remote viewing and documentation.
6MG REGRESSION CYCLE 03/09/2020 was performed at Movement Research at the Judson Church on 03/09/2020 the week before COVID-19 shut NYC down. This dance maps the recurrence of dull urges in order to reveal the ways they are shifting all the time. It's almost always the same body, the same repetitive time. Gestures swallow back on themselves. Structures and forms riff on the habitual, simple and repetitive, at once heeding the desire to do the same thing over again, and resisting this force.
Original sound by Alex Kane
DECAY STUDY: LIGHTING INSTRUMENT--performed at the Living Gallery in Bushwick on 02/22/20--cycled through a palette of choreographic set-ups situating the performer's body behind a rear-projection screen supporting a live video feed. Choreographies lag, multiply, and vanish across the built architecture, projected light, and the performer's body. These materials stack up space, light, and time, distorting reality.
Performance & video:
MI Leggett and Josie Bettman
costumes: Official Rebrand
sound: Alex Kane
barely there documents a collaborative practice between MI Leggett and Josie Bettman which unfolded alongside the creation of Official Rebrand’s collection, collapse/convulse. In response to sudden constrictions of public life, two performers support one another, give too much weight, and fall down. Over time, their bodies and the garments they activate stretch into unfamiliar material configurations.
The composition that emerged from this creative process conveys a collision of intimacy and self-loss. it is both intensely personal and fully anonymous, depersonalized. Stopping short of constructing metaphorical associations between the materials and our everyday life, we adopt a more documentary approach.
barely there resembles the dynamics of daily life in quarantine: directly on top of each other, tied together, there's nowhere to go and it's hard to handle or even fully grasp the breadth of our responsibilities to one another. our efforts to create something in collaboration are inseparable from our mundane efforts to survive, and to help one another continue living.
DJ hokey pokey semi-sheer pastoral dancefloor
Session 4 of spring 2021 improv club hosted by Leah Samuels and Amelia Heintzelman in Prospect Park
This one-off dance experience is aimed at cultivating sustainable and continuous motion. Within the public space of the park and the semi-permeable container of the soundtrack, we’ll do a playful warm up and move into working with improvisational scores. The scores are meant to encourage specific relationships to tempo, focus, tension, and repetition. We’ll build together in the direction of a group compositional moment. Leaning towards a dancefloor-like vibe, this class values dancers’ engagement and energy over their level of “skill”.
soundtrack by Organic Mom
This video documents a class session that took place via Zoom on April 14th, 2020.
The class arose under COVID-19-induced lockdown, as an attempt to cope with losing the dancefloor, an essential space for self-determination, seeking new ways of witnessing and being witnessed. Through the practice of this class, students were asked to conduct energy in order to sustain queer frequencies through recourse to sensorial connection via the webcam.
mix by Alex Kane
featuring designs by Official Rebrand
edited by MI Leggett