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A Birthday for Elaine:
Illuminated Working(wo)man

Sunday February 26th, 2pm EST on Zoom
special guests: Tony Bannon, Carman Moore

please RSVP by February 24th to get the link
donations welcome

On June 12-20, 1975 Elaine Summers Dance & Film Co. and many local collaborators created and performed Illuminated Workingman, in Buffalo, NY. It was a celebration of the working people of Western New York and involved the entire city, incl. trade unions, business councils, SUNY Buffalo, local artists, musicians and dancers. Paula Court was involved as filmmaker and photographer, Trisha Brown kindly contributed a dance score of signals and flags, Sam Rivers was among the musicians, Edward Bhartonne, Tedrian Chizik, Robert Coe, Roberta Garrison, Ellen Saltonstall, and Ann Waxman were among the many dancers.

Art critic, writer, and emeritus museum director of the George Eastman House and the Burchfield Penney Art Center,
Dr. Anthony Bannon (bio) will join us to tell about his experiences as a filmmaker in this large-scale extravaganza of Elaine's beloved intermedia, which he captured in part on film.
The film was first shown at the Hirschhorn Smithsonian Museum.

We are happy and honored that we can equally welcome acclaimed composer and longtime collaborator of Elaine's, Carman Moore who composed all the music of Illuminated Workingman and just showed his interdisciplinary art and science opera Embracing the Root with Lotte Arnsbjerg (Copenhagen) and several other collaborators at The Center at West Park, New York City

Join us as luminaries past and present from across media & genres get together on this special occasion!

This online-gathering is produced by the Artistic Estate of Elaine Summers / Kinetic Awareness® Center as part of the Elaine Summers Legacy Project, directed by Michelle Berne. As always, special thanks to Linda Murray, Jennifer Eberhardt, and all at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division for taking care of Elaine's archive at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, helping to ensure and spread her legacy to a wider audience and future generations. See the flyers of Illuminated Workingman from their magnificient digital collection here
Thanks to Cynthia Pegado for establishing contact with Tony Bannon, our Honorary Board in-formation, and to all generous donors.
   Photos of Illuminated Workingman by Paula Court and Robert Lowe
   Thanks to NYSCA, NEA, SUNY Buffalo, Dr. Gerry O'Grady and the city of Buffalo. NY.


The Artistic Estate of Elaine Summers is facilitated by the Kinetic Awareness® Center, Inc. a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to research and development of the Kinetic Arts & Sciences with special thanks to the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

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