Co-presented with Portland Art Museum
WEST COAST PREMIERE: Within the galleries of the Portland Art Museum, Morgan Thorson stages an ensemble dance cycle that uses time as both subject and practice to process killing, extinction, and loss. Exploring both the vast span of geological time and the brevity of a single human life, Still Life considers both the long-ago, as represented by the museum artifacts and dioramas, and the immediate reality of violence and natural disaster. The piece enacts the death of choreography by erasing elements of the performance; with each repetition of the cycle, something is lost—a dancer, a sequence, or sound. While the audience is welcome to come and go from the intimate space of the performance, the long-form choreography investigates dance as a living and dying thing, as well as a practice in comfort and survival.
Thorson is a 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist awardee and a PICA Creative Exchange Lab resident. As a choreographer and performer, she draws from a spectrum of approaches to create her dances, which include Faker (2006), Docudrama (2008), Heaven (2010), Spaceholder Festival (2012), and YOU (2014). In 2015, Thorson was featured in Local Time, a three-month visual art exhibition at the Weisman Art Museum. She is the recipient of fellowships from United States Artists (2012), the Guggenheim (2010), the McKnight Foundation (2002, 2009), as well as two Sage Awards for Outstanding Choreography. Currently, Thorson is a Creative Campus Fellow at Wesleyan University, where she works across Dance, Archeology, and Religious Studies.
This project is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; and is supported, in part, by the Contemporary Art Council and Exhibition Series Sponsors of the Portland Art Museum. This project is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program.