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February 2012
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A bird, man and that man's clarinet

This week's episode delves into a couple of events happening over the next weekend.  First, Chris checks in with Musician, Composer, Author, Philosopher, David Rothenberg to hear about the upcoming Survival of the Beautiful All Day Wonder Cabinet happening at the Cantor Film Center on Feb 25, 2012.

 In addition to David Rothenberg, the Wonder Cabinet participants are:

Jaron Lanier

Gail Patricelli

Richard Prum

Ofer Tchernichovski (Chris recorded a great conversation between David and Ofer who have collaborated together in exploring birdsong...all we can say is that you had to be there.  You REALLY HAD TO BE THERE to hear this great conversation since Chris inadvertently deleted the audio recorded of the conversation which was intended for an episode of. Dead Hare Radio)

Christine Roeske

Anna Lindemann

Philip Ball

Tyler Volk

Suzanne Anker

David Soldier

Vitaly Komar

David Dunn

David Abram

Scott Snibbe

Baba Brinkman

Laurie Anderson

Elisabeth Weiss

The song heard in this episode is Trio Menura from Rothenberg's CD Why Birds Sing.   (Bonus hint: The CD comes included with the book Why Birds Sing.

David mentions that his Wonder Cabinet is based on Lawrence Weschler's Wonder Cabinet events.

The books by Rothenberg mentioned in the conversation: 

Thousand Mile Song

Why Birds Sing

Survival of the Beautiful

Next, we have two conversations about the dance work of Yvonne Rainer.  We hear from Choreographer, dancer and writer Susan Osberg and Kelly Kivland, Curatorial Associate at the Dia Foundation.  These conversations relate to the upcoming performances of Rainer works being hosted at Dia:Beacon on Feb 25 & 26, 2012.

A bit of Yvonne Rainer memorabilia from the Oct 2011 performances at Dia:Beacon.

Susan Osberg

From Chris' conversation with Susan:

Judson Dance Theater

Martha Graham

Merce Cunningham

John Cage

Robert Ellis Dunn

Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis

Judson Dance founders mentioned by Susan:

David Gordon

Meredith Monk

Trisha Brown

Simone Forte

Steve Paxton

Lucinda Childs

along with Yvonne Rainer and others

(Dead Hare aside:  Billy Name, featured in Dead Hare Episode 8 did the lighting for the Judson performances.)

A handful of Yvonne Rainer's films, including Hand Movie (which gives Chris the creeps, for some reason),  along with audio and other documentations can be seen at        (

Rainer's No Manifesto (via wikipedia):

NO to spectacle.
No to virtuosity.
No to transformations and magic and make-believe.
No to the glamour and transcendency of the star image.
No to the heroic.
No to the anti-heroic.
No to trash imagery.
No to involvement of performer or spectator,
No to style.
No to camp.
No to seduction of spectator by the wiles of the performer.
No to eccentricity.
No to moving or being moved.

The Boris Groys talk, Everybody is an Artist, which Chris mentions was given at SVA  in 2010.  (See the video of Groys's talk on Vimeo)

Contact Improvisation

So You Think You Can Dance

White Oak Dance Project

Susan references the deaths of three leaders of the dance world; Merce Cunningham, Pina Bausch, Kazuo Ohno

Susan's dance company Workwith Dancers will be presenting a performance called TREE at Beacon Yoga in Beacon NY in late March, and early April.  

Here's the info, but there is more on Susan's website,(click the link above).

TREE is dance performance event by choreographer/dancer Susan Osberg. 

MARCH 23, 24,25 and MARCH 30, 31 and April 1st,

Friday, Saturday, Sunday NIGHTS at 7 pm.

At Beacon Yoga, 464 Maine Street in Beacon, NY 12508.

$15.00  general admission.

Limited seating, reservations for TREE -

Workwith Dancers Co. is a not-for-profit company and we gratefully accept your contributions if you wish to add a donation on to the ticket price.

At this point in the show, we take a little break......

And we're back:

Three Distributions, "People Plan" from Aspen 8, via

The 1974 WNYC Arts Forum interview of Yvonne Rainer by Annette Michelson can be heard on  (

Next, Chris speaks with Kelly Kivland, Curatorial Associate at Dia.

Joan Duddy & Dia's Salon Project (which Susan Osberg participated in in 1995)  Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any real documentation of the Salon Project online, save for a couple reviews of particular events.)

Joyce SoHo

Merce Cunningham Beacon Events

Trisha Brown Performance Series at Dia:Beacon

Joan Jonas at Dia:Beacon

Robert Whitman at Dia:Beacon, 2003 & 2011

Being Watched: Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s by Carrie Lambert-Beatty

Yvonne Rainer performances at Dia:Beacon are happening on Feb 25 & 26, 2012 at 12pm and 2pm both days.  The program for these events are:

Three Seascapes (1962)

Spiraling Down (2008)

Three Satie Spoons (1961)

The Sunday, May 13th performances are scheduled for 1pm and 3pm at Dia: Beacon.  The program for that event is:

We Shall Run (1963) (featuring dancers from Sarah Lawrence College)

Trio A (2008)

Chair Pillow (1969)
Assisted Living; Good Sports 2

The following day, May 14, at Dia:Chelsea, Babett Mangolte will be speaking on Yvonne Rainer, 

as part of the Artists on Artists lecture series.

Rainer program info and ticket information can be found at:

You can also call Dia:Beacon at 845 440 0100.

Thanks to David, Susan and Kelly for joining us this week. It's likely we'll have reports back from both the Wonder Cabinet and the Rainer performances in a future episode.

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