New York

Barbara Roan And The Blue Mountain Paper Parade

Concord Hotel, Kiamesha Lake

Barbara Roan and 20 dancers performed Landmark at dusk on the snowy slope of a deserted ski run. A kind of land painting was systematically evolved within the eight squares of a grid 60 feet wide and 120 feet long, marked out by flags and colored discs. Performers unrolled sheets of bright plastic, wrote the name of the piece in the snow with colored water, moved in groups carrying black cardboard arrows, laid out diagonal lines of snowsuits (they each wore several) in the shape of bodies, and finally lit sparklers as night fell.

Roan has organized several parade pieces in the past, and Landmark looked like an attempt to schematize the succession of disparate images that had characterized them. Landmark held within it a peculiar tension between schema—the mnemonic grid that matrixed the action—and a loose performing style. Between structure and looseness (between that which is given and

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and receive the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.