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Mystery, Wit and Invention: A Dance of the Absurd in “Performance” at REDCAT DTLA

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Rashaun Mitchell: “Performance.” Photo by Liza Voll Photography.

If you are fans of Merce Cunningham like we are here at Gia On The Move you will love this!  We also happen to be lucky to have worked with photographer Richard Avedon, who inspired the subject matter of this performance too.  What a treat! And if you are a dancer, you’ll want to get in on the workshop that accompanies this performance.

REDCAT, CalArts’ Downtown Center for the Contemporary Arts, will be presenting what has been described as the intoxicating choreography of former Merce Cunningham dancer Rashaun Mitchell combined with the live musical stylings of Magnetic Fields singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt in their new work, PERFORMANCE, Thursday, December 4th to Sunday December 7th.

PERFORMANCE is a celebration of the mysteries in the art of performance, of on-the-spot wit and invention, and of the absurd. This one-of-a-kind collaboration is inspired by an observation from Richard Avedon: “We all perform. It’’s what we do for each other all the time, deliberately or unintentionally. It’s a way of telling about ourselves in the hope of being recognized as what we’d like to be.”

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Photo by Liza Voll Photography.

 

Developed during a residency at the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA) in Boston in 2013, the dance and music exist within the beguiling visual design created by San Francisco installation artist Ali Naschke-Messing and a lighting design by Davison Scandrett.

Rashaun Mitchell is joined by dancers Hiroki Ichinose, Cori Kresge and Silas Riener, and Stephin Merritt performing on and off stage.

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In conjunction with the REDCAT performances of Rashaun Mitchell’ PERFORMANCE, Silas Reiner, dancer and choreographer, will lead the workshop “Building Other Worlds: Inside Worlds Outside Worlds” at Pieter Performance Space, Saturday, December 6 from 12-2pm. To register and more information visit Pieter.

Read more about the work of artists:
Rashaun Mitchell
Stephin Merritt
Ali Naschke-Messing

logoREDCAT performances:
Thur-Sat, December 4-6, 8:30pm and Sun, December 7, 7pm
Tickets: $25-$30 (students/members $20-$25)
http://www.redcat.org/event/rashaun-mitchell-stephin-merritt-ali-naschke-messing-performance

Get a taste of Rashaun Mitchell here:

Suzanne Beahrs Dance Presents World Premiere of Amid

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“I love suddenly finding myself alone in an elevator, with no one around to bump into or wonder what the heck I’m doing. When the elevator doors close, I may have only a few moments, but my arms swipe and curve, my spine arches and folds, and my legs swing and step. This is how I really feel … I want to create dances that connect us with the intricacy of the present moment through movement that is as potent as it is vibrant.” – Suzanne Beahrs

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Suzanne Beahrs Dance presents a full evening of dance on March 27-29, 2014 at 8 pm at Danspace Project, located inside St. Mark’s Church, 131 East 10th Street, NYC 10003. Tickets are $20 General ($17 Early Bird if ordered before 3/6) / $15 Danspace Members and are available at danspaceproject.org.

Amid, a new hour-long dance piece by Suzanne Beahrs Dance, is a vigorous representation of how a personal trial can take audiences on convoluted journeys through pain, love, fear, loss, joy, and resilience.

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Presented as part of DANCE: Access, a self-production series administered by Danspace Project that serves independent choreographers and dance companies, the work for five women (Suzanne Beahrs, Sarah Hillmon, Julia Jurgilewicz, Celine Syslo, Madeline Wilcox) expresses how we understand and shape our own stories and is a celebration of the exquisite power in our broken, impermanent selves.

Choreographer Suzanne Beahrs makes dances designed to engage viewers on both small and large scales, drawing the eye to a delicate gesture and then back out to a sweeping group of leaping, twirling dancers, propelling through space along spiraling, intersecting pathways.  The company’s mission is to share Suzanne’s artistic vision that investigates and celebrates the impermanent human experience through kinetically driven modern dance.

For those of you not in New York City, Gia On The Move found a compilation of Suzanne’s “to date” dance projects.  They are incredibly worth watching.  It’s a full 10 minutes and a performance unto itself.  Suzanne Beahrs “FULL ON”… In the meantime, find this company on FACEBOOK and like their page.  I just did!

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Amid Presented by Suzanne Beahrs Dance

When:

Thursday, March 27, 2014 – 8pm
Friday, March 28, 2014 – 8pm
Saturday, March 29, 2014 – 8pm

Where:    Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, 131 East 10th Street, NYC 10003

Tickets:    $20 General (($17 Early Bird before 3/6) / $15 Danspace Members

Box Office: (866) 811-4111 or Online: danspaceproject.org

Suzanne Beahrs dances, teaches, and choreographs in New York City. Her work has been presented at many NYC venues including the 92nd St. Y, Judson Church, Cora Dance, FAB Festival, and Dance on the Greenway, commissioned by Dance Theater Etc. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Suzanne has shown her work at the Subterranean Arthouse in Berkeley as 2010 Artist in Residence as well as at the 2011 West Wave Dance Festival (ODC Theater). She has been called a “rising name” by The New York Times. Suzanne was on Dance New Amsterdam modern dance faculty until it closed, and has also taught at Dancewave. She is Education Manager at Cora Dance in Brooklyn, where she was previously a 3G (Give/Get/Grow) Resident Artist and has set choreography on the Cora Youth Company. Suzanne has performed with Mare Nostrum Elements, Dana Boll, Carol Mendes & Artists, and others (NY) and Ishika Seth and Dancers, Dance Ceres, Mo Miner, Christine Cali, and others (CA). Suzanne received her MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and her BA in Geology from UC Berkeley.  Photos courtesy of the Suzanne Beahrs Official Website

We Fall Down – We Get Up – May 17th and 18th

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RG Dance Projects presents We Fall Down, We Get Up featuring three pieces from choreographer and Artistic Director Rubén Graciani on May 17, 2013 at 8pm and May 18, 2013 at 3pm and 8pm at the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance’s Studio Theater at Westbeth, 55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor, NYC.  Tickets are $20 ($15 for students, seniors, and artists) and can be purchased here: buy-tickets-now

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The evening will include two works from the repertory – Swing and a Miss set to music by Richard Danielpour and Rapture, a multi-media duet to the music of Debussy. The program culminates with the new work, We Fall Down, We Get Up – a larger work with 5 dancers, 24 singers from the Broadway Community Chorus, and a “living” set by Philip Treviño.

We Fall DownWe Fall Down, We Get Up is an extension of a work begun at Skidmore College about the boundaries of identity. The new work is an exploration of one’s boundaries; both those we create for ourselves and those we inherit. The work questions how much control we have over the “performance” of our identity if some of those identifying markers are more or less inherited and permanent. The singers will be part of a “living” set to which they are tethered, demarking the stage space with tangible boundaries for the dancers to either work through or be constrained by. The singers are not only performing with the dancers, but also creating and changing the dynamics of the performance space as a living, breathing set piece.

Rubén GracianiRubén Graciani has performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group (1994-1999), been a company member of the Kevin Wynn Collection, Company Stefanie Batten Bland, and the Joe Goode Performance Group, and has been a Guest Artist with the City Dance Ensemble and the Brian Brooks Moving Company, among many others. He holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase, and an MFA from University of Maryland-College Park. His work in dance film was profiled in the November 2012 issue of Dance Magazine. He is currently an Associate Professor at Skidmore College, and a Dance Panelist for the New York Council on the Arts.

RG Dance Projects was loosely formed in 2009, and was formalized with debut performances in the DanceNow Raw Materials show in April of 2012. The company performed at the International Woodwind Festival in July of 2012 – cementing our commitment to collaborating with other artists on performance projects. The company performed in the DanceNow Joe’s Pub Festival in September of 2012, winning the Audience Favorite Award for our evening. In February 2013, the company debuted at the CoolNY Festival, and in March, the Current Sessions Festival premiered a dance film project. The company had a residency at DanceNow SILO in Pennsylvania as a result of our Joe’s Pub performance. RG Dance Projects is ecstatic to be able to begin work on a spring season with such a prestigious award. They have also been invited to perform their season at Saratoga ArtsFest in June of 2013.

For more information, please visit www.RubenGraciani.com.

From Martha Graham to Agnes DeMille

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.  And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.  The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions.  It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.  You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.  You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.  Keep the channel open.

No artist is pleased…there is no satisfaction whatever at any time.  There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.