NAME: Tolentino, Julie (a.k.a. Julie Tolentino Wood)

BIRTH DATE/LOCATION:
12 October 1964, San Francisco, California

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Julie Tolentino in Mestiza-que bonitos ojos tienes (1998)
Photo: Exum, 2001, courtesy Julie Tolentino.

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  • identification & bio
  • key contact
  • human repositories
  • video documentation
  • photographic documentation
  • movement notation
  • production materials
  • oral history
  • personal papers
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  • IDENTIFICATION AND BIO:
    A dancer and choreographer working in the downtown New York tradition, Julie Tolentino is an AIDS activist, caregiver, events coordinator, and prominent supporter of lesbian visibility. In her own words, "My work has an inherent base in the experience of being a survivor, activist, and friend/helper/caregiver ... as I focus on the accumulation of 'small' moments and the simplicity, tenderness, reverence of these experiences as well as how they grow into sometimes overwhelming and chaotic times." An artist of Filipino/El Salvadorian heritage, Tolentino has worked with a diverse group of choreographers and performance artists—David Roussève, Ron Athey, Diviana Ingravallo, Catherine Gund, John Killlacky, Ibrahim Quarishi, Leslie Hill and Helen Paris, Patty Chang, Lovett/Codagnone, Amy Pivar, Joy Kellman, Sondra Loring, and Margarita Guergue—many of whom make work that deals in some way with AIDS. Tolentino founded the Clit Club in 1990.

    KEY CONTACT PERSON(S)/EXECUTOR OF ESTATE:
    Julie Tolentino
    216 East Seventh Street, #1
    New York, NY 10009
    212-673-5869 (phone)
    julie-t@nyc.rr.com

    HUMAN REPOSITORIES OF THE WORK
    (name and contact info, relationship to the artist and the work, assessment):

    Julie Tolentino

    VIDEO DOCUMENTATION
    (location, format, condition, assessment):

    Tolentino collaborated with curious.com to create three videos in the desert: Blind; Goodnight Larry Joe (dedicated to Lawrence Steger); and Travels/MapSuit. These video works debuted in Deserter by curious.com in 2001, in Glasgow.

    Tolentino's choreographic work is not archived at the Dance Collection of the New York Public Library. The following videotapes are held in various collections:

    The Bottom Project (2000)—video archived at The Kitchen Archives (shot by Kitchen) in NTSC 1/2"; at Tolentino's home (shot by Catherine Gund) on NTSC 1/2"; and at the office of queerupnorth in Manchester UK (world premiere) on PAL Digital.

    Butterfly Box #3 (1996)—video archived at Simon Says/Downtown Arts Project on NTSC 1/2”.

    Deliverance (1996)—choreographed and co-directed (with Ron Athey) by Julie Tolentino; performed at Mexico City's Ex Teresa, ICA London, Kaiitheater in Brussels, Works in Progress at Highways, La Luz Gallery; this video archived by Live Arts Agency, London UK; PAL/NTSC 1/2", also at Tolentino's home in NTSC 1/2".

    Denial, Discipline, Self Motivation (1999)—performance workshop at The Green Room works in progress, gallery of vignettes created in/around the entire space, cafe, offices, etc.; includes 15 performers, slide imagery; video archived at Tolentino's home, queerupnorth, The Green Room.

    "Forgiven" Objects (2003)—Tolentino's first object-making. Etched mirror.

    Marks of My Civilization, Part 1 (1991)—duet collaboration with Sondra Loring; set by Alistair Fate; performed at St. Marks Church, New York, and at the Wexner Center in Ohio; video archived at Tolentino's home.

    Mestiza-que bonitos ojos tienes (1998)—video archived at Tolentino's home in PAL and NTSC 1/2" and at at Live Art Agency, London, UK.

    The Point of Diminishing Return (2002)—video archived at the Kitchen (shot by the Kitchen); forty-minute solo performance work incorporating movement in vignette form.

    POSITIVE LIFE—Living with AIDS (c. 1993)—PBS documentary in which Tolentino's work as an artist/activist is profiled; archived with Catherine Gund, Aubin Pictures, New York, and at Creative Time.

    Thru Our Blood (1993)—choreographed and co-directed (with Diviana Ingravallo) by Julie Tolentino; performed at Highways, Los Angeles, and Josie's Cabaret, San Francisco; NTSC 1/2"; archived at Tolentino's home.

    Co-created Deliverance (1995)—choreography and direction (with Athey); archived at Live Art Agency, London, UK.

    Walking with the Dead (c. 1994)—videowork by John Killacky including writing composition by Tolentino; archived at the Walker Arts Center, Tolentino's home and via John Killacky.

    PHOTOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTATION
    (location, format, condition, assessment):

    Tolentino's work has been photographed by Peter Ross and Exum (based in New York) and by Julie Fowells (based in Los Angeles). Negatives and originals remain in the photographers' possession; prints are in Tolentino's files at home.

    Exum has collaborated with Tolentino on works for camera.

    MOVEMENT NOTATION
    (location, type [including notes taken by dancers], assessment):

    Tolentino creates and collects, in her words, "collages (visual stimulus), written notations (research) , and drawings to create imagery, define the thought process, themes." Additionally, Tolentino documents all of her movement material on Hi-8 and digital video.

    PRODUCTION MATERIALS
    (scores, sound recordings, set/costume designs):

    Mestiza soundtrack is composed mainly by Aldo Hernandez from original and found sound; all archived on DAT and CD. The Bottom Project was composed by F100 (Julie Fowells and Bernard Elsmere) for live violin and computer synthesizer. This music is published on CD (on DAT and CD). The Point of Diminishing Return sound score created live by John Morton. In addition, all costumes are stored at Tolentino's home.

    ORAL HISTORY:
    Tolentino writes (30 October 2000): "I recently spoke at the INTERSECTIONS II Conference at Amherst/U Mass, [offering] a 'case study' showing video of Mestiza and discussions about process of being a new maker, using installation/visual work to inspire and create live works. [I] also discussed (then) upcoming THE BOTTOM PROJECT premiere."

    PERSONAL PAPERS
    (location of newspaper clippings, printed programs, press releases, notes, files, diaries; assessment):

    These materials are maintained by Tolentino at her home. In addition queerupnorth/UK keeps a file on all of Tolentino's performances of Mestiza and The Bottom Project.

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS
    (archival assistance? storage? other?):

    Archival assistance and dramaturge.

    OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION:
    None identified.

    PARTIAL LIST OF WORKS
    (title, premiere date, music, production notes, performers):

    Marks of My Civilization, Part 1 (1991)—duet collaboration with Sondra Loring; set by Alistair Fate; performed at St. Marks Church, New York, and at the Wexner Center in Ohio.

    Thru Our Blood (1993)—choreographed and co-directed (with Diviana Ingravallo) by Julie Tolentino; performed at Highways, Los Angeles, and Josie's Cabaret, San Francisco.

    Deliverance (1996)—choreographed and co-directed (with Ron Athey) by Julie Tolentino; performed at Mexico City's Ex Teresa, ICA London, Kaiitheater in Brussels, Works in Progress at Highways, La Luz Gallery.

    Butterfly Box #3 (1996)—New York City Downtown Arts Festival/Simon Says.

    Mestiza-que bonitos ojos tienes (1998)—full-length solo work with live DJ; commissioned by the queerupnorth Festival, Manchester, England, and Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland; performed at The Green Room, Manchester, and at Tramway.

    Denial, Discipline, Self Motivation (1999)—performance workshop at The Green Room works in progress, gallery of vignettes created in/around the entire space, cafe, offices etc. includes 15 performers, slide imagery; video archived at Tolentino's home, queerupnorth, The Green Room.

    Abandoned Shores (1999)—Tolentino as guest artist in theater piece directed by Ibrahim Quarishi; performed outdoors in New York City in the meat-packing district, W. 11th Street, and at La Batofar in Paris, France.

    The Bottom Project (2000)—conceived, directed, and performed by Julie Tolentino; installation and set design by Tolentino and Jet Clark; lighting design by Lori E. Seid; live violin by Julie Fowells (F100); live computer synthesis and sound installation by Bernard Elsmere (F100); soundscape compositions by Aldo Hernandez and Killer; video by Catherine Gund.

    The Point of Diminishing Return (2002)—conceived, performed by Julie Tolentino with assistance by Alessandro Codagnone; live electronic accompaniment by John Morton.

    WORD: Writings by NY Women (2003)—performed live at Black and White; curated by Heather Liteer; "Mr Exhibit A."

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    None identified.

     
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