Impermanent Landscape, 2016


Impermanent Landscape is an evening length performance in the round inspired by the ideas of cubism, perspective, perception, and impermanence.  Breaking the 4th wall and moving choreography outside of the traditional stage and audience formats, Impermanent Landscape features the geometry and architecture of overlapping bodies, creating it’s own personal landscape surrounded by a visual art installation.

Premiered at Green Space, New York City, March 2016

  • 10-15 minutes Pre-Show Installation, 55 minute-dance for 5 dancers
  • Art Installation for Green Space Performance: Priscilla Stadler
  • Music: Martyn Axe
  • Costumes: Valerie Green
  • Pre-Show Text: Stephanie Davis
  • Photo: Stephen Delas Heras

Impermanent Landscape is part of a larger project centered on the concept of changing the external visual art environment to shift the perception and context of how one view’s the work. Each performance of Impermanent Landscape is unique to each venue, based on the configuration of the gallery and how the dance might be re-arranged to fit within the environment, the exhibition itself, and the placement of sound sensors.

Impermanent Landscape is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and The Mertz Gilmore Foundation Late-Stage Production Stipend.

Impermanent Landscape has a mysterious, churning-liquid feel... and keeps the audience curious from start to finish.

-Quinn Batson, OffOffOff

Green’s awareness of the possibilities of a three-dimensional art form made for work that was interesting and accessible from any angle. Specific visual focus was choreographed into the movement, serving to keep the performers—and therefore the audience—engaged. Audience participation is built into the work, almost always arriving at a moment when a palate cleanse is needed.

- Courtney Escoyne, Stewardship Report