Pelican (revised) (2008)
Choreographer Julia K. Gleich studied Rauschenberg’s hand written notes and the rare footage of the original to designed space and time. Gleich’s choreography, a clashing of classical and contemporary, was then placed along side the urban sound of Verbal Graffiti (rap artist D.O.V. (David Powers) and DJ Wave (Elisha Zeitler) of Brooklyn) who mixed and performed the music live. Similar to the original, the ballet was performed in a converted ice rink. Dancers performed with music that they were hearing for the first time. Not unlike the dance collaborations of Merce Cunningham and John Cage. The duration of the ballet was 24min, exactly double length of the original Pelican. The result was a performance that was at times dissonantly joined yet spontaneously fresh. Costumes by Jason Andrew, set created in collaboration with the Champlain Children’s Learning Center and the children of Rouses Point.
Special thanks to Ms. Carolyn Brown, Julie Martin, and David White of the Rauschenberg Studio for their valuable guidance and insight.
Performance at the Civic Center, Rouses Point, NY. View an excerpt from Pelican (1963) posted by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation