Photo: Steven Schreiber

Globalization and Its Discontents” is a multi-piece, movement-driven performance  project that is sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). See below for brief descriptions of pieces that have been created for the project to date.

Photo: Jane Schreibman

2018–With mordant humor, talking as well as movement, video projections and colorful costumes, Last Gasp! (First Draft), considers personal end-of-life preparations within a perspective of possible planetary apocalypse and/or exhaustion. Video projections by Andrew Gurian; music by Raskins/Mercer, Briggan Krauss, Mary Jane Leach.

Video capture: Andrew Gurian

2016-17–The title of The Lemonade Variations originally referred to making the “lemonade” of performance from the “lemons” of a more mature instrument. With additional dancers and our increasingly chaotic zeitgeist, a trio version in early November assumed we were going to have our first woman president, and became a quartet with a Dreamer and a refugee in February, and an African-American and Asian-American in May. Music by Lois V Vierk.

Video capture: Penny Ward

2014-15–Without any literal narrative, After All suggests animals and humans exploring and experiencing their drastically changing environments. It is site-adaptable as the video projections by Andrew Gurian of natural environments and industrial imagery are shown with the projector used as a follow-spot, and the projector is located differently—with a different “spill”—at each venue. The haunting music was composed by Paul Rudy for cello and electronics.

Video capture: Nik Petry

2013–more portions of Pig Tales for four performers uses text from Charlotte’s Web, and music by Lhasa Cement Plant from I am Providence. This iteration also contrasts the innocent pigs of children’s stories with the mindless busyness that permeates modern society.

Video capture: Andrew Gurian

2012–portions of Pig Tales, for six women, uses text from Three Little Pigs, E. B. White, Khempo Tsultrin Gyamtso, and an eloquent letter from the Mothers of Erie Rising asking a mining company not to set up fracking wells next to their childrens’ schools.

Laura Shapiro in Letter from Poland

Photo: Francesca Gobeille

2011–Letter from Poland, a solo dance and installation that was created and performed at The Construction Company. The piece developed out of a letter sent to Shapiro’s grandmother in 1937. Excerpts from it were performed in 2012 and 2013 at the 92nd Street Y and Lower East Side Festival at Theatre for the New City.

Video capture: Dixon Place

2010–Are You Eligible? excerpts from somewhere in the middle of a longer piece, a group piece for five performers, uses text from IRS Publication 596, and was shown at Dixon Place.

Photo: Jianqing Ye

2009–Clear Skies, Sun Shining was created with the support of a Special Opportunity Grant from NYFA in 2009. A DVD of this performance was screened at Dance New Amsterdam’s “Day of Remembrance and Reflection” on September 11, 2011.

Photo: Jianqing Ye

2009–Coal Miners’ Daughters—based on the true story of unemployed coal miners (in Japan) whose daughters took up (Hawaiian) dancing in order to support their families, was shown on a “Bare Bones” program at the Construction Company; revised with an expanded cast for Women in Dance at the 92nd Street Y: History in the Making; and reprised for the Lower East Side Festival at Theatre for the New City.

Video capture: Celeste Hastings

The project began with In Parts: Moving (like the “Bride of Frankenstein”), a piece that emerged from Shapiro’s several-year healing journey with rheumatoid arthritis. She performed a solo from “Bride” at the ADG Performance Festival 2007, BAAD!Ass Women’s Festival 2008, Lower East Side Festival 2009 at TNC, and the Ferment Series at CAVE, also in 2009. A section for five dancers, with live music by Dan Evans Farkas, was performed on a Movement Research “About Town” program in the DTW theater in 2005.


Performers in photos (from top to bottom, left to right):

Fantasy Olympics–Pascal Rekoert, Janet Aisawa, Ingrid Kullbert-Bendz, Shizu Homma, Meredith Blouin

Last Gasp! (First Draft)–Laura Shapiro

The Lemonade Variations–Laura Shapiro, Ingrid Kullberg-Bendz, Mari Sakahara

After All–Laura Shapiro

more portions of Pig Tales–Mari Sakahara, Victoria Dombroski, Tatyana Kot and Kaoru Ikeda

portions of Pig Tales–Victoria Dombroski, Kaoru Ikeda, Tatyana Kot, Ingrid Kullberg-Bendz, Mari Sakahara, Rebecca Walden

Letter from Poland–Laura Shapiro

Are you Eligible?–Tatyana Kot, Mari Sakahara, Ingrid Kullberg-Bendz, Andrew Broaddus, Douglas Allen

Clear Skies, Sun Shining–Trayer Run-kowzun, Ingrid Kullbert-Bendz

Coal Miners’ Daughters–Mari Sakahara, Trayer Run-Kowzun

In Parts: Moving (like the “Bride of Frankenstein”)–Laura Shapiro

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