The Poetry of Dance

The connection between the black-and-white of words and the physical verve of dance might not seem obvious at first, but with Dance & Text, a site-specific collaborative performance hosted by Counterpath, a small press, bookstore and performance/event venue at 613 22nd Street, choreographers Aynsley Vandenbroucke and Lauren Bakst and poet and critic Claudia La Rocco will attempt to draw lines to make it more readily apparent. And the concept’s not an anomaly for these three: All of them move back and forth between disci-plines — as dancers, choreographers, writers, poets, lecturers and critics.

“The event originally grew out of the wonderful people at Counterpath reading about a performance I made in which the ‘dance’ was primarily my fingers live-typing words and ideas projected — and moving — across a screen,” Vandenbroucke explains. “I’ve been obsessed with the idea of making written dances. Counterpath invited me to come perform it, and then I invited the other two to come share their work as well, in order to further look at possible intersections between writing and dance.”

The trio’s performance — a three-sided treatise coming from each artist’s point of view and meeting somewhere in the middle — begins tonight at 7 p.m.; admission is free. For more information, visit
Sat., Oct. 12, 7 p.m., 2013

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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