Photographs: Michael Hart

Photographs: Michael Hart

Death Is Certain

Choreography and Text: Jack Ferver
Performers: Jack Ferver, Tony Orrico, and Liz Santoro
Music: John McGrew
Lighting: Kathy Kaufmann
Costumes: The Performers


“Everything changes. Everything dies. We can struggle, but we will lose.” In Death is Certain, Jack Ferver looks at the manipulative, savage, and desperate ways we try to resist the most certain thing. Ferver tests the limits of the performers’ bodies and emotional states with high octane choreography, physically rigorous tasks repeated to point of exhaustion, and brutally honest text. The performers hold nothing back in their frenetic attempts to negate their fears of mortality. Obsessions over sex, status, and security all provide interesting, but ultimately futile, distractions. A haunting original score created in collaboration with the work, by John McGrew of Apollo Run, accompanies the piece. 

 
Best dance of 2009
— - David Velasco, Artforum
 
 
 

Photographs: Michael Hart

 
…Ferver tackles big subjects and he doesn’t pull his punches.
— - The New York Times
 
 
The young performance artist’s surname brings to mind a quality of his work. To that add outrageousness, surprising subtlety, and huge ambition in subject matter.
— - The New Yorker

Photographs: Michael Hart

Photographs: Michael Hart

 

 

 

  PERFORMANCE HISTORY

2009  *Danspace Project. New York, New York. 

 

*Premiere

 
Death Is Certain premiered at Danspace Project in 2009. Death Is Certain was made possible, in part, with funds from the 2008-2009 Danspace Project Commissioning Initiative with support from the Jerome Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Bessie Schönberg/First Light Commissioning and Creative Residency Program at Dance Theater Workshop, which is supported by the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts - a federal agency, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Jerome Robbins Foundation. Dance Theater Workshop’s Studio Series is supported, in part, by Time Warner Inc.