Remains is an evening-length work by choreographer John Jasperse featuring six dancers and an original score by John King. This work is a rumination on our existence in time. It explores how the remnants from our actions remain in our wake creating a context for the future. Jasperse mines his own legacy and lineage, sampling fragments and phrases from the radical practices of his forbears while repurposing them within the contemporary present. By referencing how the body has been thought about in select histories of art and dance, he constructs an altogether new vision of our as-yet-unimagined future that allows for the possibility of hope.

A [Paul] Klee painting named Angelus Novus shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.  –  On the Concept of History, Walter Benjamin, 1940

Remains premiered at American Dance Festival, July 2016, and toured to BAM Harvey Theatre

Choreography by John Jasperse
Score by John King
Lighting and Set design by Lenore Doxee
Costumes by Baille Younkman
Performed by Maggie Cloud, Marc Crousillat, Burr Johnson, Heather Lang, Stuart Singer, Claire Westby
Additional Music by Javier Peral, Nino Rota & Émile Vacher
Stage Manged by Sarah Lurie

Press for Remains

Re-envisioning Shreds of Memory - DanceBeat, September 2016
Dance That Playfully Brings Art History to Life - New York Times, September 2016
John Jasperse, Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY--'Enchanging' - Financial Times, September 2016
"Remains" Review: Using Art History to Shape Bodies - Wall Street Journal, September 2016
Forward and backward and forward with John Jasperse - Infinite Body, September 2016
A Spectacle, a Smorgasbord, a Show: John Jasperse's Remains at BAM - Bachtrack, September 2016
John Jasperse's 'Remains' at Next Wave - Solomons Says, September 2016
John Jasperse Somehow Stops Time While Moving Forward - Indy Week, July 2016