REFRAIN (2013)

Featured Long Durational Work 

Refrain (2013), Abigail Levine

Duration: Eight hours

Text by Abigail Levine
Photographs by Whitney Browne

"Refrain" (2013) creates a cyclical choreography through the repeated writing of a phrase. These danced refrains produce visual documents that trade legibility for physical accumulation, expanding the original phrases through imperfect repetition. The refrains performed at the Farm Project Space and Gallery are excerpted from John Cage's 1951 "Lecture on Something" and his and 1959 "Lecture on Nothing." Without looking and while remaining attached to the wall on which they are writing, the performers write the same phrase 500 times beginning in the same place each time. Each time the performer writes the phrase, he or she moves a small stone from a pile in the middle of the room.

Premiered, July 2013: Farm Project Space and Gallery/ Fleet Moves Dance Festival (Wellfleet, MA): http://farmprojectspace.com/  |  http://fleetmoves.org/ Performers: Sara Genoves-Sylvan, Hannah Krafcik, Abigail Levine, Zoe Rabinowitz, Mikey Rioux

Premiered, July 2013: Farm Project Space and Gallery/ Fleet Moves Dance Festival (Wellfleet, MA): http://farmprojectspace.com/  |  http://fleetmoves.org/ Performers: Sara Genoves-Sylvan, Hannah Krafcik, Abigail Levine, Zoe Rabinowitz, Mikey Rioux

Abigail Levine is presenting a new work titled "before coming back into the light and music and dancing" (2014) from Monday, July 7th through Monday, July 14th, 2014. For more information click, here.



Photograph by Stephen Shreiber

Photograph by Stephen Shreiber

Abigail Levine is a New York-based dance and performance artist. Her works bring together dance's bodily specificity with performance art's experiments with time and human action. They have been shown in the US, Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, Canada and Taiwan, recently at venues including the Movement Research Festival, Mount Tremper Arts Festival, Center for Performance Research, Roulette, Art in Odd Places, Judson Church, Foro Performática, and SESC São Paulo. Abigail was a reperformer in Marina Abramović's retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art and has also performed recently with Carolee Schneemann, Pope.L, Clarinda Mac Low, Rebecca Davis, Larissa Velez and Mark Dendy Projects. She holds a degree in English and Dance from Wesleyan University and a Masters in Dance and Performance Studies from NYU. She is currently co-editor of Movement Research's digital publication Critical Correspondence. Her website can be found here.