Artist Projects

Last Meadow


Miguel Gutierrez

Last Meadow is an evening-length, three-part piece for three performers that mines movements and texts from James Dean’s three films to create a non-narrative patchwork that describes an America where the jig is up and the dream has died. The piece exploits the iconic and inherently misunderstood image of James Dean as a symbol of the ways in which we project unrealistic and outsized expectations onto each other and onto our identity as a nation. In agriculture, the “last meadow” is the one that receives the least amount of water from irrigation. In neurology, “last meadow” describes a kind of stroke in which the brain doesn’t receive enough blood thereby causing damage. Last Meadow is about the space of waiting, where what you need never comes. Performance artist Neal Medlyn is creating music for Last Meadow and visual artist Paul Chan will serve as dramaturg.

Project Updates

  • 2010: Gutierrez receives a 2010 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Last Meadow and Michele Boulé also wins a Bessie for her performance

  • 2010: Last Meadow has its European premiere at the Antipodes 2010 Festival in Brest, France

  • 2010: Last Meadow is showcased at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference in NYC

  • 2009: Artforum names Last Meadow one of the best dance works of 2009

  • 2009: Last Meadow premieres at Dance Theater Workshop in NYC