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Vanishing Point

June 26–28, 2008
New York, NY


Vanishing Point

June 26–28, 2008
New York, NY


As part of the City/Dans series, Danspace Project presented the premiere of Tom Pearson and Zach Morris’ evening-length contemporary dance work, Vanishing Point. Wickedly funny and suddenly somber, Vanishing Point fused aggressive, exhaustive movement, meditative nuance, and live music by the alt-bluegrass ensemble The Dang-it Bobbys, led by composer Kris Bauman. The show garnered two 2008 New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards, one for composer Kris Bauman and one for choreographers Tom Pearson and Zach Morris.

Vanishing Point engaged St. Mark’s Church both as a sanctuary and an architectural structure evocative of the columns and porticos of the rural south. Fully self-aware and handled with equal measures of sincerity and irreverence, the performance unfolded as a fictional funeral (replete with inappropriate eulogies and talk about sex in church). Ricocheting backward and forward through time in a non-linear, photo album fashion, Vanishing Point shotguned from elusive impression to indelible imprint, skipping decades, unearthing fragments of a hidden past, and obsessively replaying events in an attempt to articulate meaning out of fractured moments.

Culled from the artists’ collective stories, Vanishing Point was an exploration of family legacies that had been shrouded in secrets, blurred by liquor, or — in some cases — composed of outright lies. A confluence of slipping memories, improbable tales, and faulty recollections, the work lived in the blurry spaces between truth and fabrication.



Photography by Julieta Cervantes



Created by Third Rail Projects

Artistic Directors
Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, Jennine Willett

Written, Choreographed, and Directed by
Tom Pearson and Zach Morris

Created in Collaboration with and Performed by
Donna Ahmadi, Zach Morris, Marissa Nielsen-Pincus, Tom Pearson, Tara O’Con, and Jennine Willett

Production Staff

Composer: The Dang-It Bobbys led by Kris Bauman, featuring Andy Cotton and Bryn Roberts.
Costume Design: Karen Young
Lighting Design: Carol Mullins


Vanishing Point was made possible, in part, with funds from the 2007-08 Danspace Project Commissioning Initiative with support from the Jerome Foundation and Danspace Project’s Dans/Creation Fund; by an Outer/Space grant, a program of Dance Theater Workshop supported, in part, by JPMorgan Chase and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the New York City Council; by the Live Music For Dance Program of the American Music Center (www.amc.net); by Materials for the Arts/DCA and Department of Sanitation; and by Third Rail Projects, with support from individual and institutional donors.