Figures in the Field III

Work by JoAnna Mendl-Shaw at Texas Hillside, Aubrey Texas, 2008. Photo by Janet Johns

Year: 2018-2019
DanceForce Member: Jim Self
Artists: D. Chase Angier, Norm Johnson, JoAnna Mendl-Shaw, Jim Self
Community Partners: Cayuga Dressage and Training Association; Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County; Cornell University, Medicine Tree Farm; Ithaca Porch Fest
Audience: 745
County: Tompkins

Figures in the Field III includes four separate movement projects celebrating the interaction of dance with musical, literary, and equine figures presented in site-specific locations of Tompkins County, NY.

*Artist Lecture/Workshop: JoAnna Mendl-Shaw (NYC), known for her collaborations with equestrians and recreations of historical eras, will present a lecture and workshop related to her work in site-specific venues around the USA. (July 2018)

*Site-Specific Outdoor Performance: Chase Angier (Alfred, NY) will stage a site-specific movement/sound work as part of the annual Ithaca Porch Fest. (September 23, 2018)

*Spring Writes Literary Festival: Jim Self will curate a program of invited local area guests (Fingerlakes, NY) to present dance works based on and/or accompanied by literary readings and themes. Sponsored by Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. (May 4 or 5, 2019)

*Residency of The Equus Projects Company (NYC) will present workshops, trainings and interactive performance events using their signature collaborative process featuring human and equine dancing. (June – August 2019) The stables, fields and horses of Medicine Tree Farm (Newfield, NY) and movement artist / director Norm Johnson, Jr. will be the primary host venue, including some housing for Equus Projects Company dancers. In addition, the Cornell indoor equestrian arena will be used as secondary venue for training and public presentations. Additionally, the Cayuga Dressage and Training Association will act as liaison to riders, and equestrian resources. All equestrian organizations and venues are new partners in the Figures in the Field Series.

The Equus Projects portion of Figures in the Field III is requesting a 2019 NEA Challenge Grant. If awarded, this grant will be a significant portion of the income for this project. DF funds, workshop fees and admissions will be used to match challenge grant funds (see budget notes) Additionally, Norm Johnson Jr. (project host) and Jim Self (project coordinator) will be contributing significant resources, including time, space, equine supplies, stable, horses, and artists’ support.

Special/ community populations served will include music and literary festival attendees, equestrian and dressage communities, youth and school groups. Approximately 750 people of all ages will attend one or more of the events.

All the events and projects of Figures in the Field III will continue a commitment by Tompkins County dance artists and DF member J. Self to bring a wider variety of movement performance events more often to Upstate New York.