"At each turn her angle widens, and the expanding sine wave of her backward path into the space has a mysterious force, a true choreographic power….Without losing her past Ms. Butler has successfully walked into another world."  -- Brian Seibert, NYTimes

hurry marks a return for Jean Butler as choreographer of her own work. In this new solo Jean reconnects to her considerable history with and training in Irish Step Dance, bridging a culturally specific practice with a contemporary approach to dance making. Generated by a variety of modalities designed to examine the codified body, hurry offers a personal resolution to the task of balancing lyrical and kinesthetic sensibilities. Under the direction of Jon Kinzel, the work features a reverence for experimentation, expressive potential, and the articulated body.

created by Jean Butler and Jon Kinzel

choreographed by Jean Butler

direction by Jon Kinzel

lighting by Michael O'Conner

costume by Sylvia Grieser

composed by Jim Dawson

sound design by Jim Dawson and Jon Kinzel

Installation by Corban Walker 

additional music on Uilleann Pipes by Ivan Goff

conceived and produced by Jean Butler


hurry is commissioned by Danspace Project with support from the Jerome Foundation and co-produced with Project Arts Centre, Dublin. As part of Danspace Project’s Choreographic Center Without Walls (CW2), Butler received a Production Residency the week of February 25-March 3, 2013 with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This presentation has also been supported by the Dublin Dance Festival 2013,  Lower Manhattan Cultural Council through a Process Space residency at Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island and was created in part during a Creative Development Residency with support from the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award Initiative.  The creation of hurry has also been supported by The Arts Council / An Chomairle Ealaíon.


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