Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey

Jul 9 – 11 5:30pm

Pier 15

The third installment of an eight-part series, The Set Up: Jean-Christophe Paré began in Paris with French baroque dancer Jean-Christophe Paré.

Initiated in 2012, The Set Up is a multi-year project devised by choreographer Wally Cardona, made in unique cooperation with choreographer Jennifer Lacey and an international assembly of dance-artists viewed as “masters” of their form, operating in their own culturally informed aesthetic.

Each Set Up begins with an invitation to one master artist to teach what they think is most important about the form to which they have devoted their lives. It continues with a response period, a final stage of reflection, and the making of “a dance.”

The entire process happens in the layers of superficiality and depth inherent in the assumption of the universality of dance.

The Set Up: Junko Fisher was performed in July 2012 at the River To River Festival. Ms. Fisher is a traditional Okinawan dancer and folk singer of the Miyagi Ryu Nosho-kai Ryukyu School. Original music: Pete Drungle.

The Set Up: Proeung Chhieng was performed In May 2013 at LMCC’s Project Space. Chhieng trained from age 7 in the role of Hanuman, was a principal dancer with the Royal Cambodian Ballet and has played a major role in the post-war reclamation of Cambodian dance. Original Music: Megan Schubert.

In 2015, after completing eight installments of The Set Up, Cardona and Lacey will begin the project’s final phase, creating an evening-length work in response to their experience.

Original music: Jonathan Bepler

Musicians: The Guidonian Hand


Wally Cardona is a Brooklyn-based choreographer. His current projects actively create space for his practice to mutate in proximity to others, in collaborative processes that are both intimate and crowded. The Set Up (2012-2015), is a series of eight works – made in unique cooperation with eight international dance “masters” and choreographer Jennifer Lacey – all happening in the layers of superficiality and depth inherent in the assumption of the universality of dance. TOOL IS LOOT (2011), made with Lacey and composer Jonathan Bepler, resulted from games of aesthetic disorientation. The making of TOOL utilized a unique process for unearthing new methods, resulting in its own series of fourteen works in which Cardona and Lacey voluntarily subjected themselves to the requests and opinions of “outsiders,” including an astro-physicist, sommelier, architect, medical supply salesman and social activist. Honors include a “Bessie” award, Guggenheim Fellowship, NYFA Fellowship and Asian Cultural Council Fellowship. In 2012, Cardona was one of twelve American artists selected to receive an inaugural Doris Duke Artist Award.

Jennifer Lacey is a choreographer and dancer from New York who has been based in Paris for the past 15 years. Her work has been presented in a lot of places all over the globe. Most recently the performance venues have changed radically, moving into the space of books, installations and fake therapeutic situations. In New York she had the good fortune to dance with Jennifer Monson, Yvonne Meier, John Jasperse, DD Dorvillier and the Randy Warshaw Dance Company. She has been engaged in a collaboration with Wally Cardona for the last three years


The Set Up is commissioned by LMCC and presented as part of the River To River Festival 2013. The Set Up was developed during an LMCC artist residency in 2013 as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. www.lmcc.net

A production of WCV, Inc., The Set Up: Jean Christophe Paré is made possible by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life program; National Endowment for the Arts; Creative Capital; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council; and the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards program.