UC San Diego Associate Professor
Allyson Green Presents
Memories Of An Exhibition At The San Diego Museum Of Art
By Patricia Quill
Known for her passionate dancing and strong visual design, choreographer
and University of California, San Diego Associate Professor
of Dance Allyson Green will present a special performance event
for the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) in the Copley Auditorium
in Balboa Park, April 23 – 25, 2004.
Dunning, of The New York Times, describes Green’s choreography
as “dance with a sure and daring sense of theater.”
Her Memories of an Exhibition is inspired by artist
George Inness’ striking and beautiful landscape paintings,
which were recently exhibited at the SDMA. Green has choreographed
a multimedia dance performance that captures the experience
of viewing paintings in a gallery. Four unique visual installations
will transform Copley Auditorium into a space where four separate
dances will be performed simultaneously. Rather than viewing
the work from a traditional perspective – where the audience
is committed to one view from beginning to end – these
works may be observed from all sides. Each work will repeat
four times throughout the evening, with small variations occurring
with each repetition – reminiscent of the way that Inness
reworks and develops his canvases. For Memories of an Exhibition,
Green allows (and encourages) the audience to move from dance
to dance, choosing how to view and respond to the work.
spirit and emotion these “moving paintings” seek
to distill the essence within Inness’ paintings. Green
hopes that the ability to view the dances from different viewpoints
over time will elicit new perspectives and emotions.
Twenty of San Diego’s
finest dancers will be performing with Green and guest performer
Monica Bill-Barnes of New York.
Sculptural light installations
by visual artist Peter Terezakis (www.terezakis.com)
will include projections created by photographer Wendy Richmond
and a haunting sound score will fill the theater with poetic
texts written by UCSD MFA playwrights Barry Levey, Tim J. Lord
and Ruth McKee.
Merging a vivid design
sensibility with articulate fervent dancing, Green investigates
a highly refined vocabulary that translates emotion directly
into focused movement. Her collaborative interdisciplinary work
has been noted for skillful dance framed in a visual landscape
that integrates original music, new interactive digital media
and vibrant set designs.
has been presented to critical acclaim by diverse venues in
over fourteen countries throughout East/West Europe, Canada,
South America and the United States. Her recent projects include
performances in Bucharest, London, New York, Montreal and Lisbon.
Green also co-presented a tour of East European dance-theater
in the Central Station Festival, which traveled throughout the
United States. In addition to her affiliation with UCSD, Green
is also the interim artistic director of Sushi Performance and
Visual Art in San Diego, Ca.
Memories of an
Exhibition is presented by the San Diego Museum of Art.
The performance will take place in the James. S. Copley Auditorium,
located at 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park at 8 p.m. on Apr. 23
and 24 and at 6 p.m. on April 25. Tickets are $18 members, $20
non-members, $10 students; at the Museum or www.ticketmaster.com/venue/82148
or call (619) 220-8497. For more information please call (619)
232-7931 or (619) 696-1966.
Memories of an
Exhibition will be performed by Monica Bill-Barnes, Ali
Fischer, Allyson Green, David Hanlon, Sara Larsson, Grace Jun,
Faith Jensen-Ismay, Sabine Ismay, Amir Khastoo, Jeff Morrison,
Justin Morrison, Veronica Martin-Lamm, Jennifer Oliver, Alicia
Peterson, Colleen Phillips, Patricia Sandback, Vanessa Tipon,
Sadie Weinberg, Terry Wilson and Heather Zornes-Almanza.
For more information
about Allyson Green Dance, visit www.allysongreendance.com
Patricia Quill (858) 822-0661