No. 17

About No. 17

Starting from the pioneering work of Merce Cunningham and John Cage, COMPANY (choreographer Justin Tornow) and MW duo (saxophonist Matthew McClure and composer/sound artist Lee Weisert) explore the space between clarity and abstraction in this new performance installation.

Laser beams traverse the space in which dancers perform. By breaking the beams with their bodies, the dancers trigger samples from Cunningham’s text “Space, Time, and Dance.” Syllables, words, and phrases fuse and detach, and accumulation rather than linear narrative moves the work forward. Within this matrix of movement, light, and music, what leads and what follows, and how do we interpret our experience?


Saturday, March 5 at 8:00pm - Kenan Rehearsal Hall, UNC- Chapel Hill

Sunday, March 6 at 8:00pm - Kenan Rehearsal Hall, UNC- Chapel Hill

  • Choreographed by: Justin Tornow
  • Performed by: Emily Aiken, Amy Blakely, Austin Dixon, Sam Steffen, Justin Tornow
  • Music composition and performance: MW Duo- Matthew McClure (saxophone,) Lee Weisert (electronics)
  • Photography by: Michelle Lotker
  • Video: No. 17 Videos