In, ZERO, Jonathan González fabulates upon the grounds of Danspace Project’s location, St. Marks Church in-the-Bowery, and the choreographer’s participation in Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches, and Downtown Dance (Danspace Project Platform 2018).
Structurally informed by the four cardinal directions and seasons as in the Episcopalian faith which found St. Marks Church, and a dossier of information on the history of the site and the previous territory of Manahatta, four performers: Rena Anakwe, Chazz Bruce, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, and González - return to the significance of the architecture as a commons which includes the history of slave trafficking. Elaborating on the hauntology of the church grounds, ZERO is a performative leveling off -- a disavowal to memorializing monuments and notions of futurity to arrive at an articulation of nothing -- or, 0 / ZERO.
Concept and Choreography: Jonathan González
Collaborators and Performers:
Orlando Zane Hunter Jr.
Costume Design: Chi Ngyuen
Sculpture Design: IV Castellanos
Lighting Design: Kathy Kaufmann
Commission supported by the Jerome Foundation
Bessie-nominated for Outstanding Production