TWO (2003)

One of the Year's 10 Best by Apollinaire Scherr in Newsday: Best use of multimedia

In Two Greenberg incorporates projected video as an integral element in the choreography. The work investigates and undermines ‘either-or’ dualities by offering a layered sensory experience with multiple potential points-of-view, compelling the audience to make choices as to how to experience the piece. Live images from onstage cameras, operated by the dancers, are juxtaposed with found film fragments.

Greenberg also expands upon his technique of collecting movement material ‘verbatim’ from videotaped improvisations by presenting the source video to the audience as dancers perform in unison with his projected image. Jennifer Dunning wrote in The New York Times about the ‘new sophistication’ Two brings to the current discourse on dance and media.

Two premiered at Dance Theater Workshop in New York City
35 minutes, four dancers
Video: Charles Dennis and Neil Greenberg
Lighting: Michael Stiller
Music and Acoustic Harp: Zeena Parkins
Costumes: Liz Prince
Samples from: Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, Carl Stalling
Originally Performed by: Ori Flomin, Phithsamay Linthahane, Justine Lynch, Antonio Ramos

  1. “The space seems suddenly vast and full of possibilities…
    Two blessedly discreet cameras capture elements of the fragmented solos that keep the flow going. Above and behind, on an unframed rectangle within a back screen, a big billowy exalted Mr. Greenberg is seen close up in movement performed, simultaneously, by one of the four live dancers who slip deftly in and out of the crannies of Two. Mr. Greenberg's presence, his sudden ungimmicky vanishings and his connection to the dancers all work to expand the space and choreography exhilaratingly.”
    Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times (source)
©Paula Court
©Paula Court

Partial View was commissioned by the Bessie Schönberg/First Light commissioning fund and Creative Residency program of Dance Theater Workshop with support from the Ford Foundation and the Jerome Robbins Foundation, and in association with Ginny and Tim Millhiser of the David R. White Producers Circle.

Partial View is also made possible through the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Multi-Arts Production Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.

This project is also supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Purchase College Faculty Support Fund and private contributors, and was developed in part through a residency at Skidmore College made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Skidmore College Dance Program. Zeena Parkins’ original music for Partial View is made possible by a grant from the American Music Center’s Live Music for Dance Program.