Abigail Levine: Refrain

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photo/foto: Julio Pantoja


Refrain creates a cyclical choreography through the repeated writing of a phrase. These danced refrains produce visual documents that trade legibility for physical accumulation, expanding the original phrases through imperfect repetition. The refrains performed at the Encuentro are noncontiguous excerpts from John Cage's 1951 Lecture on Something, selected after hearing the story of Julius Eastman.

Score: Write a single phrase 300 times. Begin in the same place each time. Remain touching the wall while writing. Do not look at the wall while writing. To mark each repetition, move a stone. 


Abigail Levine’s work brings together the rigors and resources of dance's bodily specificity with performance art's experiments with time and human action. They have been shown in the US, Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil and Taiwan. Abigail has performed recently with Marina Abramovic, Carolee Schneemann, Pope.L, Clarinda Mac Low and Mark Dendy.

Background Information
  • Encuentro Location (Montréal): Concordia University, Engineering and Visual Arts Building
  • Date: June 21, 2014
Abigail Levine: Refrain Edited by Victor Bautista
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