CORPS explores how labor and gender are addressed under the lens of regimented movement. The work is a continuation of Djordjevich’s ongoing questioning of dance practices preoccupied with producing neutrality and anonymity. CORPS aims to unravel and disorient the militaristic conditioning of groups ‘keeping together in time.’ The work reveals similarities across traditional, combative, ritualistic, athletic, and folk movement forms. Over time methodical systems of labor and cooperation rally into a procession of distorted collectivity. Moving with a steady urgency, the performers yo-yo between collapsing and rectifying, creating an ever-changing engine on a pathway to unruliness.
Jun 30 Stay Late Conversation moderated by Mariana Valencia.
Associate Artistic Director Janet Wong, sits down with Milka Djordjevich to discuss what it’s like to be bringing CORPS to the New York Live Arts Stage and why the piece is more relevant than ever.
Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look a the development process for CORPS during Milka Djordjevich’s residency at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC). MANCC is a the only national center for choreography in the world located in a major research institution, and operates from one of the premiere dance facilities in the United States. The Center is embedded within The Florida State University School of Dance, and offers unparalleled opportunities for contemporary choreographers to hone their artistic practice and develop new work inside a creative community.
The creation of CORPS is made possible, in part, by individual donors, the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) at Florida State University, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, CalArts Dance, Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Pillow Lab at Jacob’s Pillow and by a commission from New York Live Arts’ Live Feed Residency program with additional support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and Partners for New Performance.