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Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Apr. 4 — Apr. 5, 2014

red, black &GREEN: a blues / The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
Washington, DC
How Can You Stay In The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere? Photo by Dan Merlo.^2 Come home Charley Patton. Photo by Dan Merlo.^2 Scaffold Room set design^2 Walter Carter. Photo by Ralph Lemon.^2 (the efflorescence of) Walter at The Kitchen. Photo by Rashida Bumbray.^2 Scaffold Room. Photo by Ralph Lemon^2 Come home Charley Patton. Photo by Eric Stone..^2

Ralph Lemon/Cross Performance

4Walls is a multi-media installation with live performance that provides four points of view on one dance, giving a new shape to the "dance with no form" that was Wall, the central section of Lemon's 2010 stage work, How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere?.

Two large screens stand six-feet apart in a black space each showing one view of the first dress rehearsal of the Wall dance. Surround sound envelops the space and together with the edited and looped video creates a beautifully noisy visual and aural rhythm. In an adjacent white space, two dancers from the original cast -- Darrell Jones and Gesel Mason -- perform their solo versions of Wall, live, one after the other, in the same dance time as the videos. 4Walls began as a collaboration between videographer/editor Shoko Letton and Ralph Lemon using months of footage from the development of Wall. Lemon's intention for Wall was to create a "dance that disappears" -- an attempt, in the words of dramaturg Katherine Profeta, to "fling the body headlong into an instant of pure presence." Lemon and Letton desired to create a film that provides, for viewers, a different kind of engagement in a creative process that is relentless in its questioning of the nature of what passes between performers and audiences. Video editor Mike Taylor has now joined the collaborative team.

4Walls premieres at Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, NY on November 15-16, 2012.  The work has been commissioned by EMPAC and has been developed during residencies at EMPAC and at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) in Tallahassee, FL.  4Walls is also made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.