Followed by a feedback discussion with Karen
Karen Bernard presents a sneak peek of Suspending and Other Tricks, a solo dance about a personal history that is closer to the end than the beginning. Suspending does not attempt to entertain; rather it is melancholy and disengaged from the action. The set by Fernando Maneca traces a room with a video image of a window, coffin-like box, and flannel gray strip of rug. The magical costume is collaboration with Hwa Park and the soundscape is by Boris Billier. “Suspending” has received support through USAProjects and residencies at Blank Canvas, Firkin Crane, Ireland and the Liguria Center for Arts and Humanity at Bogliasco, Italy.
Karen Bernard grew up in a household which incorporated her father’s dance school, with students crossing through the family space, so performance has been deeply engrained throughout her life. As a solo artist and the Founder and Director of New Dance Alliance, she performs, teaches, lectures and serves on advisory panels across the U.S., Canada and Europe. This cross-pollination strengthens an ongoing social dialogue among international artists, one that exemplifies her lifelong commitment to performance. That commitment is fully brought to life in NDA’s justly-renowned Performance Mix Festival, now in its 27th. | www.newdancealliance.org