Sunday, August 30, 2009

60x60 Dance @ Galapagos, NYC (4/7/09) [Chausseau/Bettman]

James Bond vs the Venominator
Music: Nicolas Chausseau
Dance: Rob Bettman

Nicolas Chausseau has been interested in jazz improvisation since childhood. Influenced by Jose Evangelistaâs music, he studies at Universite de Montreal with Denis Gougeon. He is interested in the functional relationship of compositional processes to cultures and to zeitgeists. Some of his work for synthesisers and guitar is infected with popular culture memes that can be found, for example, in car or walkman designs, in video games, but also in various genres of pop music, like electroclash, indie rock, rave music and, folk rock, noise and grunge.

Rob Bettmann began dancing at Oberlin College, graduating with his BA in Environmental Studies. He trained on scholarship at the Ailey School and the School of the Washington Ballet, and has performed with Sudden Enlightenment Theater, the Alexandria Ballet, Jane Franklin Dance, and Maida Withers Dance Construction Company. His choreography has been performed in DC, New York, Boston, and North Carolina, and has been supported by grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. His MA thesis in Dance is being published by VDG, and will be available in May. He is the editor of the magazine, Bourgeon.
Performed by Robert Bettmann

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