"Verb Dance" (2014/2015) Performance view, Whitney Museum. Pictured: devynn emory, Forty Smooth, Ryan Kelly. Photo: Andrew Kist.
 

Performance view, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, June 2015. Pictured: devynn emory, Forty Smooth, Ryan Kelly. Photo: Andrew Kist.

Verb Dance reuses Richard Serra’s Verb List (1967-8) as a score for movement and interaction. A parallel to Serra’s own investigation of this relationship through the medium of steel or lead, Verb Dance takes the body as simultaneously sturdy and mutable, flexible and resistant, and subject to the interpretation of language. Using their own bodies, each other, and spectators, the performers enact Serra’s original 108 verbs, which are written on their skin.

Verb Dance was first performed within the deconstructed risers of The Kitchen, New York,NY in March 2014. The sound score for this enactment of the performance work is a field recording of the crew dismantling the risers during the installation process. A second presentation of the work took place at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, in June 2015, in close proximity to Serra’s 1960 work, Prop