Paramodernities is a series of lecture-performances, or dance-experiments, generated through deconstructions of landmark modern choreographies, performed alongside contributions by scholars and writers who situate these iconic works within the larger project of Modernism. Exploring foundational tenants of modern discourse— such as sovereignty, race, feminism, and nihilism —Paramodernities includes public discussions as inseparable parts of each installment. The project is commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow Dance, New York Live Arts, and LMCC.
PM#3: The Afterlives of Slavery: Revelations uses Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece to examine coercion as concept and embodiment
PM#4: Material from five different Merce Cunningham works’ is combined to form an “inter-body event”
PM#5: A reflection on Bob Fosse’s, Sweet Charity, through the lens of Bourdieun “taste” intertwined with sex and spectacle