Nancy Duncan - CoDanceCo, Inc.
For 2011-12 NYS DanceForce member Nancy Duncan, founder and producing director of CoDanceCo, implemented the first phase of "A Dance Life: Looking Back to Be Present.
The overall goal for A Dance Life is to create a working model from which to provide direct experiences for independent dance professionals, private dance studios, and college/university dance departments located in various regions of New York State
with the work of dance artists Nancy
has had the honor to work with, learn from, and work for during her
thirty plus years dance life.
For the first phase of a "Dance Life" Nancy, in agreement with choreographer Bebe Miller, is re-visiting Bebe's "Guardian Angels," a work commissioned by CoDanceCo in 1983.
To begin, during the summer of 2011 Nancy
selected two dancers residing in Suffolk County to be in residence with her
at Stage Door School of Dance
Nancy, with dancers Stephanie Vertichio and Jessica Colosa, reconstructed the original eight dance phrases Bebe created as the foundation of "Guardian Angels" and then developed two of the six dancers' roles for the first and second movements.
During the spring of 2012 Nancy added a third dancer based in Suffolk County to the process, Alison Russell.
For the remainder of this first phase, Nancy
and Bebe have been engaged in the planning and outreach necessary for designing a residency around the re-visiting of "Guardian Angels.
Bebe is working with Nancy
and partners to create a working process so that all the artists involved will have a creative working process that will support the deconstruction and "re-booting" of the original material of "Guardian Angels" so the dancers can push the material in new directions.
Bebe and Nancy
are currently exploring how using Skype for rehearsals will put Bebe in direct contact with the dancers over the next year to facilitate the above working process.