“A perfect tribute” – The San Francisco Chronicle
Seth Eisen returns to CounterPulse with a work exalting one of our queerest ancestors: Rainbow Logic: Arm in Arm with Remy Charlip. An often overlooked genius, Remy Charlip created important works alongside Merce Cunningham, John Cage, and Robert Rauschenberg during their most experimental phases. Charlip’s award-winning dance, choreography and children’s books will inspire and animate a powerful night of theater: a contemplation on the search for family through the reconciliation of self. A transdisciplinary performance weaving live action, dance, puppetry, video and music, Rainbow Logic is just as much a celebration of an exceptional life as it is a meditation on the art of living.
A precocious Jewish boy raised in Brooklyn, New York, Charlip was an integral part of the New York avant-garde of the 1950s and 60s. He helped found The Merce Cunningham Dance Company and collaborated with many groundbreaking artists of his day, including John Cage, Lou Harrison, and Robert Rauschenberg among others.
Charlip’s work defied easy categorization. He designed costumes and choreography for The Judson Church Dance Theater and both wrote and illustrated over 30 children’s books. He is also remembered for developing his own unique method of choreography called “Air Mail Dances,” in which he would illustrate choreography to specific pieces of music and mail them to dancers around the world. Despite his impact in the world of contemporary art, winning two Obie Awards, and being named a National Treasure by the Library of Congress, his legacy is often lost in the shadows of his more celebrated peers.
Rainbow Logic: Arm in Arm with Remy Charlip is made possible by the generous support of The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, The San Francisco Arts Commission, The Jim Henson Foundation, Theater Bay Area, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, The Center for Cultural Innovation, The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, The Hewlett Foundation, CounterPulse and generous individual donors. Eye Zen Presents received creation residency support from Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology and the Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency. This work was also developed while in residence at the Lucas Artist Residency Program, Montalvo Arts Center. Rainbow Logic receives promotional support from The Contemporary Jewish Museum