The Performance Artist Who Thinks He Can Dance (He’s Right, Sort Of)

“A few days before Ryan McNamara’s performance piece Battleground premièred at the Guggenheim, last month, his cast of nine dancers had clocked an impressive six hundred and fifty hours of rehearsal. Unfortunately, they’d practiced together for only one of them. That might have caused most choreographers to panic, but McNamara isn’t a choreographer, he’s a performance artist, and fragmentation is kind of his thing.”