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Body of Work
Body of Work
Fifteen years after his first creation, Daniel Linehan is conducting danced, archaeological research into his own work, based on his own body and the experiences that have accumulated there, like a series of memory strata. By composing from these literally incarnated choreographic fragments, the choreographer is offering a new reading of his own writings, showing up subterranean links that unite them, despite the passage of time. Running against the common opinion that dance is the art of the ephemeral, Body of Work shows in actions how much a choreography is inscribed lastingly in the flesh, at the same time as the mind. From the memory of a score, with the hints of an apprenticeship or the sequel of an injury, each reanimated trace convokes a physical memory which arises in the form of intuitive reminiscences. This retrospective exercise then reveals how much the experience of time is impregnated with the past, as plastic as the body charged with incarnating it.
Source: program of the CND
Born in 1982 in Seattle, Daniel Linehan developed his choreographic art for four years in New York, notably with Miguel Gutierrez and the Big Art Group, Mark Haim and Wil Swanson. He partnered with Michael Helland for a myriad of duos presented in New York, Philadelphia and Montreal. In 2007-2008, he was resident artist at Movement Research (New York). Directly admitted to the P.A.R.T.S. Research programme, he has since established himself in Brussels. In his work, Daniel Linehan leans on language resources to enrich his questioning on movement. The sense emerges from a stream of disparate information – narrative, emotional, textual, visual and physical – brought together on stage.
Daniel Linehan created the solo “Digested Nois” in 2004 (Dance Theater Workshop, New-York), the quintet “The Sun came” (Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn) and “Human Content Pile”, for four dancers (The Kitchen, New-York), in 2006.
With his solo “Not About Everything” created in 2007 (Dance Theater Workshop, New York) he was acknowledged by the French audience. In 2009, his duo “Montage for Three” was presented during the “Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales” (International Choreographic Encounters) of Seine-Saint-Denis. “Zombie Aporia” is his latest creation.
Last update : September 2011
Centre national de la danse, Réalisation
Since 2001, the National Center for Dance (CND) has been making recordings of its shows and educational programming and has created resources from these filmed performances (interviews, danced conferences, meetings with artists, demonstrations, major lessons, symposia specialized, thematic arrangements, etc.).
Body of Work
Artistic direction / Conception : Daniel Linehan
Interpretation : Daniel Linehan
Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Vincent Rafis - Regard extérieur Michael Helland
Set design : 88888
Lights : Elke Verachtert
Sound : Christophe Rault
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Spectacle présenté avec les Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis
Duration : 80 minutes