A Black man wearing a blue top and green pants laying on the stage floor with his leg over his head.


Ralph Lemon
November 16—17, 2012
Studio 1—Goodman

“I do believe I have an audience, and because I have an audience I’m absolutely obligated to share something with that audience. What I’d like to share has to do with a certain kind of love and hope and hopefulness, however that’s played out.”
—Ralph Lemon

With 4Walls, Ralph Lemon premieres a live multimedia dance installation that provides four points of view on one dance, giving a new shape to a “dance with no form.” The basis of the amorphous collaborative work is a play on time, energy, and the disappearing body. Four Walls is an extension of a long-term project that began in 2003 with pieces originally titled Ecstasy and Wall. Lemon's intention for Wall was to create a “dance that disappears”—an attempt, in the words of dramaturge Katherine Profeta, to “fling the body headlong into an instant of pure presence.” Lemon desires to create a work that provides, for viewers, a different kind of engagement in a creative process that is relentless in questioning the nature of what passes between performers and audiences.

Main Image: 4Walls in Studio 1, 2012.


Dates + Tickets

Ralph Lemon
Friday 16
November 2012
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Saturday 17
November 2012
Contemporary Performance



4Walls is co-produced by Cross Performance Inc. and MAPP International Productions. 4Walls is commissioned by EMPAC and has been developed during residencies at EMPAC and at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) in Tallahassee, FL. 4Walls is also made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.