Set Down Your Mantle & Other Dances

Set Down Your Mantle & Other Dances  |  Katelyn Halpern & Dancers

May 3, 2016 - May 5, 2016

Anita's Way
137 West 42nd Street
(the through-block connecting 42nd and 43rd streets,
between Broadway and 6th Ave)
New York, NY

Nearest Trains: 1, 2, 3, S, 7, B, D, F, M, N, Q, R

Tuesday, May 3, 4-7pm
Wednesday, May 4, 4-7pm
Thursday, May 5, 4-7pm

Each piece is performed multiple times between 4-7pm. The space remains open to the public throughout and visitors are welcome to join the audience at any point. Performances take place both on through-block stage and in the 42nd Street window box.

4-4:40pmon stage
"In the First Place..."
4:45-5:30pmon stage
"Set Down Your Mantle"
performed twice with a short re-set in between
5:30-5:45pmin window box
"Duet with Drum Solo"
performed twice with a short re-set in between
5:45-6pm [Dancer Break]
6:00-6:45on  stage
"Set Down Your Mantle"
performed twice with a short re-set in between
6:45-7pmin window box
"Duet with Drum Solo"
performed twice with a short re-set in between

Set Down Your Mantle & Other Dances is a collection of recent modern dance work by choreographer Katelyn Halpern.

In the First Place...makes a dance of the semi-automatic motions and tasks that precede a performance. This task-based work includes periods of warming up, improvising, and spacingall made open and put on view.

Set Down Your Mantle is a five-part journey into the wilderness of letting go. Beautifully danced by Louise Benkelman and Bridget Grissom, this nuanced work shows a mythic “ur-character” in the midst of a dutiful struggle. Interrupted from her efforts, she undergoes a tender conversion that leaves her far from where she began. Set Down Your Mantle has been adapted for the through-block stage at Anita's Way.

The bright, comedically off-beat Duet with Drum Solo riffs on friendly (and not-so-friendly) competition between perfectly matched partners. Performed in the 42nd street window box, run-time is approximately 5 minutes.

About the Choreographer
Katelyn Halpern is an independent choreographer and performer working in the disciplines of modern dance, creative writing for performance, and visual media. Raised in Austin, Texas, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Houston with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Dance.

Halpern's dance work is informed by gesture, limitations, and literature, with an inclination toward the best parts of being human: being tender and being funny. Her ongoing collaborations and projects include the bi-coastal piano/dance duo, K A T E S; the public art installation series, Do a Dance!; and the recently released zine, Under Glass.

To learn more about her work, please visit her site.
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