Minotaur

2008

Octogenarian choreographer Anna Halprin, pioneer of postmodern dance, recently created an erotic performance based on Auguste Rodin’s rendering of the Greek legend. Minotaur traces labyrinthine transformations, in which photographs, sculpture and dance succeed and replace one another, and in which bodies and objects appear part of a continuous tissue.

Fluctuations between disparate media are accompanied by shifts in gender dynamics; in Rodin’s original the half-man / half-bull grips an ambivalent nymph, while in Halprin’s iteration the female ‘victim’ turns the story on its head, wresting a melancholic triumph over her captor. A score by Matmos, which includes the sounds of Rodin sculptures being struck like instruments, echoes the sculpture’s muscularity.

Cast

Joy Cosculluela
Anna Halprin
G Hoffman Soto

Crew

Choreographer
Anna Halprin

Composers
Matmos

Director of Photography
Jon Else

Editor
Guy Ducker

Line Producer
Tom Dingle

Production Manager
Shylah Hamilton

Production Services
Complex Corporation

Additonal Photography
Michael Chin

First Camera Assistants
John Gazdik
Paul Marbury

Gaffers
Peter Thomas
Dave Cherry

Sound Recordists
Colin Blackshear
Nick Rupiper

Sound Editor
Quentin Chiapetta

Additional Music
Lisle Ellis

Stills Photographer
Sean Donnelly

Costume Designer
Emily Hagen

Production Assistants
Donna Chung
Jennifer Connelly
Melissa Howden
Job Piston
Chadwick Rantanen
Merav Tzur

Thanks to

Bernard Barryte
Cantor Arts Center
Stephanie Earle
Rop Epstein
David Martin
Dominic Molon
Mountain Home Studio
Len Thornton

Commissioned by

The 3M Consortium Project
(Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, New Museum, New York, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles)