"Inordinately engaging ... sprinkled with jewels
of movement sequences, striking visuals and thought-provoking moments."
—The Washington Post

Inspired by the career of modern dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis, Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore addresses acts of cultural sourcing, representation and transmission. With wit, piles of fabric, a microphone, three dancers, two musicians, and a leaf blower, Lionel Popkin asks: was St. Denis’ Orientalism an act of cultural appropriation or a legitimate examination of sources of dance? Can a century of perspective help a contemporary choreographer reach his own point of equilibrium?

Choreography: Lionel Popkin
Original Score: Guy Klucevsek
Performed: Lionel Popkin, Emily Beattie, and Carolyn Hall
Costumes and Set Design: Marcus Kuiland-Nazario
Lighting design: Christopher Kuhl
Video Design: Cari Ann Shim Sham*

Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY
REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA
ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA
Dance Place, Washington, DC
PS 21, Chatham, NY
The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
Alverno Presents, Milwaukee, WI
Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa, OK
Helena Presents, Helena, MT
University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC

Funded in part with generous support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program, and the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. With Additional funding from the Center for Cultural Innovation and the Santa Monica Artist Fellowship. Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore is an NPN Creation Fund/Forth Fund Project co-commissioned by REDCAT in partnership with Alverno Presents, Dance Place and NPN. For more information, visit

Photos by John Altdorfer, Steven Gunther, and Cristal Jones