Review: ‘The Floatones,’ Making Song and Sense of Life and Nonsense
By ALEXIS SOLOSKI MAY 5, 2015
"Very nearly unclassifiable and utterly delightful, “The Floatones,” Jim Neu’s fantastical, irrational Zen koan of a musical, returns to La MaMa about 20 years after its premiere there. Four characters, named for the actors who portray them, stand on a bare stage chanting mottos and jingles and riddles that make no sense except when they do."
Andy De Groat — Creative Simplicity within Visual Splendor
Pieces by Andy de Groat Reconstructed by Catherine Galasso
Fridays at Noon at the 92nd Street Y
Friday February 6 2015 at 12 Noon
Featuring live renditions of:
* Rope Dance Translations (1974)
* Fan Dance (1978)
* swan lac (1982)
* stabat (1990)
* Hiroshima (2004)
Performed by: Rachel I. Berman, Christine Bonansea, Ritty Burchfield, Patrick Gallagher, John Gutierrez, Makram Hamdan, John Hoobyar, Anne Lewis, Kathy Ray, Sarah Sandoval, Austin Selden, Emily Smith, Satya Stainton, Julia Vickers, Connor Voss, Buck Wanner, and Emily Wassyng.
We need your help to sustain this project!
I've known about Andy all my life; he and my parents met when they were all on tour with Robert Wilson's company, the Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds in the 1970s. Afterwards, Andy and my father, composer Michael Galasso ("In The Mood For Love"), continued to collaborate, my father composing original scores for multiple pieces of Andy's, both in New York and in France.
I initiated this project because I wanted to see these dances that my father and Andy collaborated on together, most of them created before I was born. There is video documentation of the more recent works, but not of the older ones. Remaking them is about me being able to see them live, but also about giving them new life and allowing others to see them as well. This is archiving through re-performance. It’s my way of passing it on to a younger generation, in an effort to keep this dance history alive.
Andy de Groat was born in 1947 in the United States into a family of Dutch, Italian, French, German and English origins. Whilst studying at the New York School of Fine Art in 1967, he met the director Robert Wilson. He joined his troupe as a dancer, then as a choreographer for all the productions from Deafman Glance in 1971, A Letter for Queen Victoria in 1974 to Einstein on the Beach in 1976, created for the Avignon Festival. In 1981, he received a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation in New York for his choreographic research. He created new works in succession for red notes/cie andy de groat, including several for Jean Guizerix, Wilfride Piollet, Jean-Christophe Paré, the Choreographic Research Group of the Opera of Paris (GRCOP), the Scala in Milan, Ris et Danceries, the Ballet du Nord (Roubaix) and Wah Loo Tin Tin Co, a Montauban-based company of young performers. Today, his work totals over sixty creations that have been presented in around twenty countries and periodically goes back to questioning the repertoire and the heritage of dance. His company has worked regularly on lyrical productions since 1988, in particular on The Magic Flute (Mozart), with Robert Wilson at the Opera Bastille, Paris, The Rake’s Progress (Stravinsky), with Alfredo Arias for the Aix-en-Provence Festival of Lyric Art and at the Operas of Lyon, Gênes and Montpellier, Aida (Verdi) and Klaus Michael Grüber at the Amsterdam Opera.
Back for my second residency at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center. This time reconstructing pieces by choreographer Andy de Groat for performances in NYC.
Sundays on Broadway
an ongoing series created by Cathy Weis Projects
Weis Acres, 537 Broadway #3
November 23, 2014 at 8pm
Curated by Catherine Galasso featuring work by Andy de Groat and Jim Neu
A cross-generational gathering and performance event that celebrates NY performance history and the contemporary question of archiving through the re-creation of works by seminal downtown artists Andy de Groat and Jim Neu. The evening includes readings of two short scenes written Neu, a live re-performance of de Groat's Rope Dance Translations from 1974, followed by a structured improvisation between young dancers and former Andy de Groat collaborators.
Jim Neu scenes performed by Jess Barbagallo, Joshua William Gelb and Keith McDermott.
Andy de Groat's Rope Dance Translations performed by Rachel Berman, Christine Bonansea, Patrick Gallagher and Buck Wanner.
Discussion and improvisation by former Andy de Groat collaborators (special guests to be announced.)
About Sundays on Broadway:
In May 2014, Cathy Weis Projects launched Sundays on Broadway, a new, ongoing series featuring performances, discos, film screenings, dinner parties and all manner of affairs on Sunday evenings. All events begin at 8pm and are free and open to the public. The series is held at WeisAcres in SoHo, New York, at 537 Broadway #3 (between Prince and Spring Streets).
Photos above by Lois Greenfield and Donna Ann McAdams
Fall of the Rebel Angels #8: Vespers
Performed: May 30, 2014
Starring: Rosalie Elkinton, Niko Tsocanos, Saori Tsukada, Mei Yamanaka
Concept & Direction: Catherine Galasso
Music Composed & Performed Live by: Adam Bach and Ellery Royston
Visual Consultant & Mask Maker: Ben Finer
Producer and Dramaturg: Satya Stainton
Co-Producer: Braden King
Read more about Fall of the Rebel Angels
Watch video excerpts from previous studies
The full 50-minute work was created for a pre-Civil War 4-story wood-frame house in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Make an evening-length show in an empty 4-story house? Do it in the next 3 weeks on a shoe-string budget? Bring it.
The next study for Fall of the Rebel Angels will take place in a vacant four-story, wood-frame house in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
We're moving in with our clamp lights and our dirty sneakers.
September 2019: memorial to honor Andy de Groat
December 2019: new commission for Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin
July 2019: Catherine choreographs "The Miracle of Heliane" at Bard Summerscape
March 2019: "COLORS" Catherine's collaboration with TPO Company (Italy) Premiers at BAM
December 2018: "Alone Together" premieres at ODC Theater San Francisco
November 2018: Catherine assists Annie-B Parson with "Antigonick" at Abrons Arts Center NYC
June 15-17 Of Granite and Glass at Brookfield Winter Garden, NYC
October 2018: Residency collaboration with TPO Company in Prato, Italy
May 2018: LMCC Residency
April 13-14, 2018 Sight Lines curation at BAX
Feb 11, 2018 BAX Open Studios
Jan 20, 2018 "notes on de groat" at Bard Graduate Center
Fall 2017: Teaching Choreography at NYU's Experimental Theater Wing
June 23-24, 2017: Of Iron and Diamonds v1 at BAX
Feb & Nov: BAX Open Studios
GET DANCING Nominated for a Bessie!
May 30, 2016: CATCH at the Knockdown Center
December 2015: GET DANCING at Danspace Project
October 2015: LMCC Open Studios
September 2015: Residency at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center
June 26-28 2015: Fall of the Rebel Angels X at River To River Festival
May 1-10 2015: Jim Neu's The Floatones at La MaMa
March 2015: Extended Life Residency at LMCC Governors Island
February 6, 2015: Andy de Groat Remounts at 92nd Street Y
January 22-25, 2015: in residence at the Watermill Center
November 2014 : Sundays on Broadway
August 2014: Residency in Paris with Andy de Groat
June 2014: Residency in Bucharest, Romania
May 2014: Fall of the Rebel Angels #8 in Fort Greene Brooklyn
April 2014: Food For Thought Guest Curator Danspace Project NYC
November 23: Sundays on B'way
September 2014: Venice, Italy
August 2014: Residency Paris
June 2014: Residency Bucharest
May 30-31: Fort Greene Brooklyn
April 4 2014: Danspace Project
March 24 2014: Dixon Place