Claudia Rankine and Will Rawls: What Remains
Presented as part The Sharon Disney Lund Dance Program
REDCAT is pleased to present What Remains, a collaboration between world-renowned poet and MacArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine and choreographer and Guggenheim Fellow Will Rawls. Through movement and voice, four performers invite us across the threshold of a historical void produced by anti-Blackness and respond to violence and disappearance with a resonant, ghostly chorus. Inspired by Rankine’s texts on racial violence—Citizen (2014) and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (2004)—the result is a performance at the edge of dance and poetry that meets and challenges the erasure of Black citizens with its own immersive disturbances. What Remains premiered at the Fisher Center at Bard in 2017 and has been presented at Danspace Project (NYC), the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Yale Repertory Theatre, and Walker Art Center.
While ‘surveillance’ might conjure images of security cameras, cellphones and other machines, What Remains considers less concrete, more culturally ingrained kinds of surveillance that shape and have shaped the Black American experience.
The New York Times
Will Rawls is a 2021 recipient of The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts in Dance.
What Remains (2017) was commissioned, developed, and premiered by Live Arts Bard, the commissioning and residency program of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. What Remains was developed with additional commissioning and development support from BRIClab Residency at BRIC, the French Institute Alliance Française’s (FIAF) Crossing the Line Festival, the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, Yale Repertory Theater, and SummerStages at the ICA/Boston. Additional rehearsal space support provided by Gibney Dance (NY). The work has been presented by Danspace Project (NYC premiere), Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Walker Art Center.