Carmen Beuchat with Felipe Mujica and Johanna Unzueta: Two not One II


Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:00pm

Repeats every day until Sat Oct 29 2016 except Fri Oct 28 2016


Level 1, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St.

Presented by: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Admission: Free; Please note there is extremely limited space for both performances. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
Performances: Oct. 27 & 29 at 6 PM
Exhibition Opening Reception: Oct. 27, 5:30 pm
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Performances: A foundational figure in postmodern dance, Carmen Beuchat (b. Santiago, 1941) formed her own company in Santiago before moving to New York in the late 1960s, where she participated in Trisha Brown’s company and collaborated with artists such as Juan Downey and Gordon Matta-Clark. In 1977 Beuchat returned to Chile to present her own choreography. Amidst authoritarian rule, she staged the country’s first workshop in Contact Improvisation, a technique which championed nonhierarchical values such as freedom of movement and the equality of all bodies. 

Two not One II (2016) is a dance performance by Beuchat staged in collaboration with visual artists Felipe Mujica and Johanna Unzueta (both b. Santiago, 1975). The work is a contemporary variation on Beuchat’s experimental choreography, Two not One (1975), and is the first “reconstruction” of one of Beuchat’s early works. The new choreography is based on fragmented memories and photographs of the original piece, and draws from principles of dance from the ’70s including improvisation, responsiveness, straight lines, and circular shapes that Beuchat termed “spatial corridors.” 

The live work is performed by two Chilean dancers, Carolina Escobillana and Paula Sacur, and staged amidst the installation La tierra pone en equilibrio los extremos (2016), which consists of a new series of fabric curtains by Mujica, designed and fabricated in collaboration with Unzueta, and recreations of two mobile structures that were part of the original dance piece in 1975, designed by Michael Moneagle. The various components of the work—dancers, sculptures, and fabric panels—function as temporary and fragile architecture that symbolically connects the dancers’ organic movements with the more rectilinear, Le Corbusier–designed gallery. Through Mujica and Unzueta’s installation, Two not One II consciously asserts its distance from the original work’s context, reassembling and reframing a past work for a new time, space, and public. 

This project is informed by ongoing research on Beuchat’s archive headed by Chilean dancer and dance theorist, Jennifer McColl.