The Idea of Absence

This dance was created with 30 dance majors around movements by conceptual artist John Baldessari from his 1971 video project "I am making art". The gestures generated by Baldessari were further manipulated by the dancers into various patterns and new material. The music for the dance was a collage of songs from French composer Ghedalia Tazartes. The process for the dance involved written instructions for movements and manipulations which presented a new method of creation for the dancers and for me.