5 Decades, 2009 November 15Additional title: Break (Choreographic work : Monk)Additional title: Figura (Choreographic work : Louis)Additional title: Guilt (Choreographic work : Brenner)Additional title: Matter of Time (Choreographic work : Brenner)Additional title: Dancing in Absentia (Choreographic work : Brenner)
NamesBrenner, Janis (Choreographer)Brenner, Janis (Dancer)Brenner, Janis (Artistic director)Brenner, Janis (Composer)Rosen, Michelle (Singer)Monk, Meredith (Choreographer)Monk, Meredith (Composer)Monk, Meredith (Costume designer)Louis, Murray (Choreographer)Small, Robert (Restager)Lacuona, Ernesto (Composer)Ponce, Ramona (Costume designer)Faithfull, Marianne (Composer)Reynolds, Barry (Composer)Karagianis, David (Composer)Bleckmann, Theo (Composer)Wenger, Jamie James (Designer)Barkin, Kyla (Dancer)Jackson, Sumaya (Dancer)Kim, Moo (Dancer)Rossett, Carolyn (Dancer)Selissen, Aaron (Dancer)Wagner, Pam (Speaker)Barkin, Kyla (Speaker)Jackson, Sumaya (Speaker)Kim, Moo (Speaker)Rossett, Carolyn (Speaker)Selissen, Aaron (Speaker)Palestine, Charlemagne (Composer)Shelby, Nel (Videographer)Joyce SoHo (New York, N.Y.) (Presenter)Bang on a Can All-Stars (Composer)Janis Brenner & Dancers (Performer)Paul Winter Consort (Composer)
Janis Brenner Video Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 2009-11-15
Table of ContentsReel 1. Break (1964) (12 min.) / choreography, Meredith Monk ; costume design and sound collage, Meredith Monk ; performer, Janis Brenner.Figura (1978) (6 min.) / choreography, Murray Louis ; revival, Janis Brenner ; coaching, Robert Small ; music, Paul Winter Consort, Ernesto Lacuona ; costumes, Ramona Ponce after the originals by Frank Garcia; dancers, Aaron Selissen and Sumaya Jackson.Guilt (1985) (6 min.) / choreography & revival, Janis Brenner ; music, Marianne Faithfull/Barry Reynolds ; set design, Janis Brenner ; set construction, Acadia Scenic ; dancer, Kyla Barkin.A Matter of Time (1995) (13 min.) / choreography, Janis Brenner ; revival, Janis Brenner and Kyla Barkin ; music David Karagianis ; dancers, Kyla Barkin, Moo Kim, Aaron Selissen and Pam Wagner ; understudy, Carolyn Rossett.Dancing in Absentia (premiere) [Dedicated to all the artists lost to the AIDS epidemic] (26 min.) / choreography, Janis Brenner ; men's duet created in collaboration with Moo Kim and Aaron Selissen ; video concept and direction, Janis Brenner ; video design and editing, Jamie James Wenger ; designs inspired by the late paintings of Mark Rothko ; music, Bang on the Can (Lost Objects, section 1, 3, 4), Dancer's live breath score, Charlemagne Palestine, and Theo Bleckmann and Janis Brenner (Prayer from Mars Cantata) ; dancers, Kyla Barkin, Sumaya Jackson, Moo Kim, Carolyn Rossett, Aaron Selissen, and Pam Wagner.Reel 2. Post Show Talk (20 min.) / moderator and panel participant, Janis Brenner ; panel, Kyla Barkin, Sumaya Jackson, Moo Kim, Carolyn Rossett, Aaron Selissen, and Pam Wagner.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDVD 5-6950
TopicsBarkin, KylaBrenner, JanisJanis Brenner & DancersSelissen, aaron -- Rossett, CarolynKim, MooJackson, SumayaWagner, PamJanis Brenner & DancersAIDS (Disease) and the arts
GenresFilmed danceFilmed performancesFilmed interviewsInterviews
NotesStatement of responsibility: performed by Janis Brenner & Dancers ; presented in association with Joyce Soho.Content: Reel 1 (approximately 63 min.). 5 Decades: Break, Figura, Guilt, A Matter of Time, Dancing in Absentia ; Reel 2 (20 min.). Post Show Talk.Creation/production credits: Lighting design, Mitchell Bogard ; video by Nel Shelby Productions.Performers: Performed by Janis Brenner & Dancers (artistic director, Janis Brenner): Kyla Barkin, Janis Brenner, Sumaya Jackson, Moo Kim, Carolyn Rossett, Aaron Selissen, and Pam Wagner.Venue: Videotaped in performance and discussion at Joyce Soho, New York, N.Y. 2009 November 15.Original version: Original format: 2 videodiscs (DVD) ; 4 3/4 in.Acquisition: Gift; Janis Brenner; 2012.Biographical/historical: Break premiered on September 28, 1964 at Washington Square Galleries, New York, N.Y.; Figura premiered on November 6, 1978 by Jose Limon Dance Company at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; Guilt premiered May 15, 1985 at the Nikolais/Louis Choreospace in NYC; A Matter of Time premiered March 4, 1995 at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania.
Physical DescriptionVideodiscExtent: 2 videodiscs (DVD) (38 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
DescriptionDuring Post Show Talk, Janis Brenner & Dancers discuss how most of the choreographic works on this performance were created awhile ago but are new to these performers; having only three rehearsals with Meredith Monk and the discoverery of her original detailed notes from 1964 just before the final rehearsal; trying to reconstruct Murray Louis' Figura as it was originally performed but how it will be different due to the individual dancers performing it; how the performers approach the acting aspect of the work and some of the challenges; and Kyra Barkin's experience performing Guilt after originally seeing it performed by Ms. Brenner at UCLA in the 1990s.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20009641Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): cf7fbed0-6f21-0131-b952-3c075448cc4b
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