As Risa Jaroslow turned 60, she was inspired to initiate an epistolary collaboration: she sent sixty letters to people who have been important to her in different ways, and asked each of them to suggest an idea for a dance. The idea could come in any form, sounds, visual images, words, etc. This collaboration was the basis for Sixty, which premiered at Danspace Project in November 2008.
Jaroslow on the inspiration for Sixty: "As I look at the relationships, ideas, stories and memories that have made up my life, I notice that, over time, their meanings have evolved and changed. I expect they will continue to do so. They are like the colored pieces of glass in a kaleidoscope: at any moment they may settle into a picture, but these vibrant slivers are in motion, constantly creating new pictures. I believe that this blending/fusing/mingling of events and memories in relationship to each other is universal, and that in describing this experience in dance, I will be able to say something about how we understand our lives and our identities." For more of Risa's thoughts on the evolution of Sixty, click HERE.
Sixty is an evening-length work. The Danspace premiere featured Elise Knudson, Luke Gutgsell, Paul Singh, Gabriel Forestieri, and Rachel Lehrer, my core company. The performance also featured several guest performers, including Vicky Shick.