Impermanent Landscape

PREMIERE Green Space, New York City, March 2016

Choreographed by Valerie Green, Impermanent Landscape includes a 10-15 minute pre-show installation to gather the public that segues into a 60-minute evening length performance in the round with a cast of 4-8 dancers. The project is inspired by ideas of cubism, perspective, perception, and impermanence. Created with the goal of moving choreography outside of the traditional stage and audience formats, Impermanent Landscape aims to appear in various art institutions and/or environments where the audience can approach the dance from all angles and create their own perception of the work.

Broadway composer Martyn Axe’s score is accompanied by programmed movement sensors—configured to each site—which are triggered by a live video feed. Each performance of Impermanent Landscape is unique to each venue. Based on the configuration of the space, the dance and costumes are adjusted to reflect the environment or exhibition. The dancers break the fourth wall and actively assist in changing the audiences viewing position at multiple points throughout the performance.

Impermanent Landscape at St. Mark's Church  Photographer: Stephen Delas Heras · Event/ Program: Danspace Project · Location: St. Mark's Church

Impermanent Landscape at Hunters Point  Photographer: Alex Lopez · Event/ Program: Public Performance · Location: Hunters Point Parks Conservancy

Impermanent Landscape at Times Square/ Car Free Earth Day  Photographer: Alex Lopez · Event/ Program: NYC Department of Transportation's Car Free Earth Day · Location: Times Square Plaza


MUSIC  Martyn Axe

COSTUMES  Valerie Green

PRE-SHOW TEXT  Stephanie Davis

RUNNING TIME  10-15 minutes pre-show installation, 60 minute dance

NUMBER OF DANCERS  4-8 dancers

PRESENTED BY Danspace Project at St Mark’s Church • Queens Museum • Park Avenue Armory, The Let Go • NYC Department of Transportation • The Flux Factory •  Museum of the City of New York • The Farm Project • Green Space • Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs • Hunters Point Parks Conservancy • Voelker Orth Museum • Made in Queens @ Plaxall Gallery

Press Quotes

Impermanent Landscape has a mysterious, churning-liquid feel...and keeps the audience curious from start to finish.
— Quinn Batson, OffOffOff
Even as a Museum with a non-traditional performance space, Valerie was able to make the piece look powerful. Her company members were compelling and versatile dancers that offered a truly engaging performance...We would highly recommend Valerie Green/Dance Entropy to any organization that may be considering presenting dance with extraordinary artistic quality.
— Fran Rosenfeld, Director of Public Programs, Museum of the City of New York