A time of softening, dissolution of borders, unification of opposites, and the suggestion to let go - to let be - even more. Here is my second love letter from New York, to bring those I love near and far full circle.
Weekly Rites is a performance-in-progress, a process conducted weekly over five years, posted by Friday evening. It recently came to completion in mid-July 2012.
It has been an ongoing experiment in movement and writing, how with my body, camera and a place, I can perform an old and ongoing function: channelling through movement, sound, image and word. It seems that the rite can have a sort of life, an ongoing or latent action, or curious density. If I've done my job it has continued to accumulate or unfold.
The sections have been chosen from a half hour of continuously recorded performance videotaped wherever I have been that week.
I work from a place of not knowing, from nothing - learning through doing. I don't try to be good, but devoted. You, as a viewer, have always inspired me. I invite you to watch or not watch, do or not do - respond whichever way you want.
Clare Byrne is a dancer, choreographer, and writer. Her company has performed in New York City at PS 122, Danspace Project, Joe's Pub, The Flea, Dixon Place, Joyce SoHo, DTW, BAX, among other venues. Clare Byrne's work includes The St. Patrick Pageant, Wet Blue & Friends, Rend and Sew, Tetrapod, Rounds: The First Last Dance, or The Last First Dance, or An Ordination, and Appalachian Spring. Clare Byrne Dance was a company-in-residence at the Yard on Martha's Vineyard where Byrne was also a choreographer Bessie Schönberg Residency. The company has received grants or residencies from Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Joyce SoHo and White Oak in Yulee, FL, CCDE's Silo Residency, The Dragon's Egg in Ledyard, CT, and The Flynn Center for the Arts in Burlington, VT. Byrne was a Jerome Robbins Fellow in Dance at the Bogliasco Foundation in Liguria, Italy. She teaches at the University of Vermont, and gathers a dance order, The Poor Sister Clares Traveling Monk Show, to perform in various locations in Vermont each summer.