Three Cases Of Amnesia

Jonah Bokaer

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Dancer, choreographer, and media artist Jonah Bokaer will combine three of his iconic solos—False Start, Charade, and Nudedescendance—in a 60-minute performance titled Three Cases Of Amnesia. Rarely performed in the United States, the program showcases Bokaer’s pioneering work with choreographed, computer-generated animations.

Where does a movement begin? Where does it end? What, and who, does it leave behind? Bokaer uses a digital avatar to compose body movements that he might not discover working with a physical person, and he then transposes that choreography onto his own body for live performance. Over the course of the performance, Bokaer and his animated double dance together, the uncanny precision of each movement building upon the last. The result is an intimate portrait of a man and the various media he comes in contact with—not just a computer, its software and projections, but also a chair, a ladder, an apple, and clothing. Bokaer navigates these objects with a personal movement style that goes beyond any specific technique and dialogues with themes of play, memory, ephemerality, and disappearance.

Jonah Bokaer is an American choreographer and media artist known for addressing the human body in relation to contemporary technologies. Recruited to the Merce Cunningham company at the unprecedented age of 18, Bokaer is a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow in Choreography, a United States Artists Fellow in Dance (Ford Foundation), and a Bessie award-winner. In addition to his own work, he has also choreographed for Robert Wilson and danced for such choreographers as John Jasperse, Deborah Hay, and Tino Seghal.

Ashley Ferro-Murray
Three Cases Of Amnesia
September 7, 2016, 7:30PM

EMPAC 2016–17 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.