Body Projections

emily coates is “unmoved by a pixel.”

Parts of Some Sextets, 1965/2019. Choreography by Yvonne Rainer. Reconstructed for Performa 19 by Yvonne Rainer and Emily Coates.

To me choreography emanates from the body, and the strongest choreographic imagination, however far afield it may roam, retains a core understanding of our humanness, projected outward into new interfaces and scales. Choreography’s superpower is to connect the human and nonhuman, including that which we create—without leaving our humanity behind. The man who walked down the side of a building in Brown’s piece was a human. I am still very wedded to the embodied expression and live presence of humans. I am unmoved by a pixel.

Emily Coates, “Dancing Inside and Outside the Box,” Brooklyn Rail, May 2024