55 Bethune Street
corner of Washington Street
New York, NY 10014
For Performa 15, Will Rawls’ new solo performance, Personal Effects, takes the history of dance as its point of departure, considering the body in motion as both material and message.
Recombining vocabularies, images, and phrases that have shaped his body as a vehicle for performance, Rawls remembers himself in the present, translating his actions through the precarious filter of memory. Among his actions lurks the agitated and unstable language of identity, reflected inwardly toward himself, where he is imagined as a past, present, and future self. Structured through rhythmic time, this encounter between dance and public asks whether resigning the self can affect alternate visions and possibilities for the body in motion.
Curated by Adrienne Edwards.
Image credit: Will Rawls, 2015; photo by Luis Rodriguez, courtesy of the artist.