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Music for INSERT [     ] HERE (2013-15)

The INSERT [     ] HERE project is a performative experiment in embodiment, co-directed by contemporary dance artists Nick Bryson and Sharon Mansur, employing imaginative notions of insertion via kinetic, spatial, aural and visual realms. This work evolved from Mansur and Bryson’s unique international partnership, involving creative practices in somatics and dance, along with contributions from collaborating artists.

The collaborative video INSERT [coda] HERE (2015) is a continuation of this work, with Sharon Mansur (performance), Tara Rodgers (music), and Brian Harris (photography, edit).

INSERT [coda] HERE has screened around the world, including at Citizen Jane Film Festival (Columbia, MO), Project 1612 Film Fest (Peoria, IL), Artcroft Film & Video Festival (Carlisle, KY), Greensboro (NC) Dance Film Festival, Detroit (MI) Dance City Festival, DanceBARN Screendance Festival (Battle Lake, MN), Tiny Dance Film Festival (San Francisco, CA), Midwest RAD Fest (Kalamazoo, MI), 2016; and Light Moves screendance festival (Limerick, Ireland), 2015.

Tara also contributed music and sound for performances of INSERT [    ] HERE at the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts, University of Maryland, and Dance Place, DC (2013-14). Following is a version of the score used in these performances. Segments of the music are made to be started anytime in relation to one another, layered in combination, played on their own or through multiple channels. The first 8 min. of this mix stack several segments at once, followed by breakouts of individual parts. Featuring Alexa Cantalupo on violin & viola da gamba; Tara Rodgers on piano, analog synths, bass, voice, and other instruments.

The development of INSERT [ ] HERE was supported in part by a University of Maryland Creative and Performing Arts Award, UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, Dance Place (DC), and the Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, Ireland.

View additional video documentation of the project.