“A beauty of a show…what it feels like to be alive” - The Dance Current
92 year-old dance archivist David Vaughan and 31 year-old artist Pepper Fajans explore their cross-generational friendship, developed while working together on the final world tour of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Co. Venture is a duet in which the performers brings their experiences of adventure and camaraderie to a dance theater incorporating sculpture, puppetry, and storytelling.
Co. Venture was developed in collaboration with visual designer Maiko Kikuchi, sound designer Joey Wolfslau, lighting designer Davison Scandrett, and director Chris Green. Celebrated Cunningham Company alumna Holley Farmer and dancer/choreographer David Neumann collaborated with Vaughan and Fajans on the creative process to develop the New York performance.
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David Vaughan (born London, England, 17 May 1924) has danced, sung, acted, and choreographed in London, Paris, on and off Broadway, in American regional theaters, in film, television, ballet and modern dance companies, and cabaret. He was the archivist of the Cunningham Dance Foundation.
He is the author of Merce Cunningham: 50 Years (Aperture, 1997; as an app for iPad, as Merce Cunningham: 65 Years ) and of Frederick Ashton and his Ballets (revised edition, Dance Books, 1999). He was a member of the editorial board of the International Encyclopedia of Dance(Oxford, 1998). At the Dancing in the Millennium Conference in Washington DC in July 2000, he received the 2000 CORD (Congress on Research in Dance) Award for Outstanding Leadership in Dance Research; in September 2001 he received a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) for sustained achievement; in December 2015 a Dance Magazine Award. He returned to the stage in 2015, whenCo.Venture, his collaboration with Pepper Fajans, won prizes at the Montreal Fringe Festival.
Pepper Fajans, born in 1985, is the Founding Director of Brooklyn Studios for Dance (BkSD) and the Brooklyn Touring Outfit. He was the personal assistant to Merce Cunningham and toured with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as the production carpenter and assistant to David Vaughan.
As director of BkSD he partnered with Cadman Congregational Church in 2015 to renovate their 1920's era gymnasium into a burgeoning dance studio offering classes, performances, and community events. Fajans has performed as a dancer and puppeteer in Hagoromo at Brooklyn Acadamy of Music, The Windup Bird Chronicle at the Ohio Theater, and other productions at La Mama, Danspace Project, and the 92nd Street Y. His solo work has appeared at St. Ann’s Warehouse and Judson Church. He has been featured in the New York Times, The Montreal Gazette, and Culturebot. Fajans is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, a resident of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, and a 10-year member of the Seattle’s Royal Famile Ducaniveaux.