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Kishik’s 2019 Paramodernities Performance to Stream

David Kishik on stage with dancer
Associate Professor David Kishik, left, reads on stage in Paramodernities.

Last year, Associate Professor David Kishik participated in Netta Yerushalmy’s Paramodernities, a deconstruction of work by six choreographers set to text written by scholars in place of music. On Monday, May 4, 3:00 pm EST, Kishik’s performance will be streamed on The entire Paramodernities series will be streamed May 4-9, followed by live conversations with Jack Halberstam, Tracy K. Smith, Fred Moten, Peter N. Miller, Jeremy O. Harris, and choreographer Pam Tanowitz.

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In the piece, Kishik, who teaches philosophy in the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, reads from his essay, “The Work of Dance in the Age of Sacred Lives,” as dancer Marc Crousillat performs individual movements from Vaslav Nijinsky’s Rite of Spring, reimagined by Yerushalmy. The New York Times called Paramodernities “an excitingly ambitious work.”

Paramodernities, which ran at New York Live Arts in March 2019, was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, and was recently featured as one of the top 20 works of the past 20 years by Dance Magazine. Other installments in the series include responses to choreography by Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, Bob Fosse, and George Balanchine.

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