Ralph Lemon
Studio 1 – Goodman

Over the course of three visits to EMPAC, Ralph Lemon worked on post-production on the video component of 4Walls, a multimedia installation with live performance that provides four points of view on one dance—entitled Wall—that was the central section of Lemon’s 2010 stage work How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere? Lemon’s intention for Wall was to create a “dance that disappears,” and which dramaturge Katherine Profeta characterized as an effort to “fling the body headlong into an instant of pure presence.” 4Walls was a collaboration between Lemon and videographer/editor Shoko Letton and video editor Mike Taylor, using months of footage from the development of Wall to create a film that would provide viewers with a different kind of engagement in a creative process, one that is relentless in its questioning of the nature of what passes between performers and audiences.

Contemporary Performance

December 1, 2011

Production Credits

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