High Noon Curator Talk
"Discovering Creative Collaborations: Choreographer Erick Hawkins and Composer Lucia Dlugoszewski"
Libby Smigel, PhD, Music Division, Library of Congress
Kate Doyle, PhD Candidate, Case Western Reserve University
Recent dance scholarship has largely overlooked the organic dance technique innovated by Erick Hawkins, as well as his stunning artistic partnership with experimental composer Lucia Dlugoszewski. Hawkins, who split from the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1951, formed a creative alliance with Dlugoszewski that spanned forty years. Hawkins willed his work and estate to Dlugoszewski in 1994, but her unexpected death six years later left neither will nor heirs. Their joint work fell into obscurity.
Using the Erick Hawkins/Lucia Dlugoszewski Collection at the Library of Congress, Smigel and Doyle will explicate the duo’s creative processes, artistic ingenuity, and aesthetic philosophies. Notebooks, choreographic symbology, music scores and Labanotation, and other primary evidence such as personal correspondence, letters, and interviews will show a dynamic process unreplicated in other artistic partnerships. Of particular interest is the collection of Dlugoszewski’s sketches, in which she develops a new style of graphic notation combining choreographic notes, music, and prose instruction that responds to Hawkins’ own creative process and choreographic system. Her innovative juxtaposition of notation styles effectively creates an interdisciplinary text that allows for both description and improvisation -- able to be used by dancers and musicians alike.
Daytime Event without Reservations
Registration is encouraged but not required—opens January 4, 2017—10am ET.
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Photo: [ Erick Hawkins in Cave of the heart, No. 2], Martha Graham Collection, Library of Congress, courtesy of Martha Graham Resources. https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200153835/