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Ralph Lemon
photo: Tara Fallaux
Ralph Lemon

Ralph Lemon  b.1952
lives and works in New York

In 1995 postmodern American choreographer Ralph Lemon (b. 1952) dissolved his popular touring dance ensemble to redirect his energies toward an exploration of new forms of performance and presentation. Collaborating with artists from diverse fields, he has produced an impressive array of performances, films, exhibitions, publications, and workshops. After presenting and hosting residencies around the first two Geography components at the Walker Art Center, Lemon returns to begin work on the final stage of his large-scale trilogy. Unfolding over the course of nine years, this complex dance-theater universe explores global sociopolitical ideas and the search for personal and artistic identity within the broader world arena. Incorporating performance traditions from across the world, each episode of the trilogy is a multinational collaboration of dance, theater, visual arts, and music.

During his residency in 2002-2003, Lemon and his performer-collaborators from Africa, China, and the U.S. will further develop House, part three of The Geography Trilogy, a work that examines the complicated folk culture of the American South through Lemon's own African American family history, spanning the eras from segregation to integration.

The Walker commissioned House as a central component of its How Latitudes Become Forms performance activities. The finished work will premiere at the Walker in fall 2004.

[The Uttar-Priyadashi] could be perceived as traditional East Indian theater-dance from the Westerner's point of view, but from the East Indian's point of view it's a very contemporary interpretation of the traditional forms.
You know how hard it is to pursue this line of work when one is both a cultural critic—an active agent in the contemporary visual arts field—and a museological interpreter.
Something more drastic than being dysfunctional has arrived, and at least in Japan, bodies are behaving very strangely in the streets.