Susan Rethorst: Inquiring Mind/Choreographic Mind

Ensemble of Susan Rethorst’s 208 East Broadway. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

The Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series presented Susan Rethorst: Inquiring Mind/Choreographic Mind, a retrospective that introduced local audiences to Rethorst’s work, which is largely unknown outside New York City and Europe, and yet has influenced multiple generations of contemporary dance artists. In addition to new iterations of Rethorst’s past work, including the critically acclaimed Behold Bold Sam Dog, and the premiere of 208 East Broadway Part 5, the project featured a series of public events, including group discussions, master classes, and workshops with local artists and audiences, all of which provided unique windows into Rethorst’s methodology. Danspace Project’s Judy Hussie-Taylor curated a “day of dance” focusing on Rethorst’s career and featuring conversations, installations, and other events. Guest artists across the project period included Big Dance Theater, David Gordon, Douglas Dunn, Anne Waldman, Claudia LaRocco, and Elizabeth Streb. Rethorst is a 2014 Pew Fellow.

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