About the ProjectThe Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series presents Susan Rethorst: Inquiring Mind/Choreographic Mind, an exploration into the artistic process of acclaimed New York choreographer and dancer Susan Rethorst, a recent Philadelphia transplant. Rethorst’s work has been called “meticulously made, sensually satisfying and thrumming with possibilities” by The New York Times. Residency events began December 8, 2012 and culminate in performances February 22–24, 2013.
Susan Rethorst: Inquiring Mind/Choreographic Mind kicked off with a Choreographic Workshop for eleven area choreographers, December 3-7. Susan Rethorst and Other Voices on Saturday, December 8 featured a chemist and two neuroscientists in an exploration of the nature of creativity in an experiential workshop geared toward non-dancers.
In the new year, Bryn Mawr College welcomes Big Dance Theatre and choreographer David Gordon to take part in Wreckings. On January 5 and 26 respectively, the public will be given a rare opportunity to watch as these consummate artists “wreck” Rethorst’s new material—demonstrating how these collaborations can be both an instructive and influential part of the creative process. Describing the experience of her first “wrecking” with Tere O’Connor in NYC, Rethorst wrote, “He entered into the rehearsal process and looked at the piece as though it was to become his from that moment forward, changing it to his liking, imposing his own aesthetic with complete disregard for my intentions. I then took back the rehearsals, [it was] akin to culture shock; disorienting, the center of gravity shifted.”
Inquiring Mind/Choreographic Mind concludes in February with the Philadelphia premiere of Behold Bold Sam Dog and the world premiere of 208 East Broadway Part 5, as well as on-going opportunities for audiences to connect with the Bessie Award-winning artist’s theories and approach to dance making. On Saturday, February 23, Danspace Project’s Judy Hussie-Taylor will curate a day of dance focusing on Rethorst’s career with conversations, installations and other events that will take over both theaters in Bryn Mawr’s Goodhart Hall, as well as an exhibition space, and includes a post-show discussion with New York Times dance critic Claudia La Rocco.