Studio: Fall 2011
Studio: Fall 2011
Los Angeles artists present new works and works-in-progress in this ongoing program curated to offer audiences an interdisciplinary mix of dynamic performances, while giving experimental artists a creative platform to investigate new ideas and new directions for their work. This edition of Studio was curated with guest curators Ana Maria Alvarez and Marissa Chibas, and features the following original works:
SARAH DAY: NAVE
Dancer and choreographer Sarah Day's new solo functions as a portrait of the singularity and beauty of the body as a vessel, alone. With gently curving lines and sumptuously spiraling movement, Day conjures historic notions of the idealized human form and threads them to the possibility of transcendence within the current moment.
NICK DURAN: MOUNTAIN DUET
Set to an original score by Jason Finkelman and performed by Nick Duran and Nibia Pastrana Santiago, Mountain Duet generates both tension and harmony through the proximity of its two dancers. Instances of shared movement vocabulary get transposed across time and space to expose unexpected choreographic connections.
ZOE AJA MOORE & CO.: LOOKING FOR LOVBORG
By exploding an isolated moment from the end of Act II of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, Zoe Aja Moore and her collaborators mine the play's latent themes of celebrity and mythology. Four actors explore the character of Lovborg and his inevitable crash into sober reality through a fragmented mash-up of text, video, gesture and the music of the Shangri-Las.
ASHLEE KATRICE THOMAS: HURTEN OUR HAIR
Socially and politically engaged dance-theater from Ashlee Katrice Thomas plays out issues of gender and race from a female perspective, with significant life experiences expressed through hair—that biologically determined, user-modified expression of the individual, as well as the individual potential for transformation.
BERGLIND TOMASDOTTIR: HOME AS IN HEIMA
Icelandic composer and performer Berglind Tomasdottir’s family films, shot in the 1970s, create an ethereal backdrop that echoes the airy sounds of her score for flute and electronic processing. Growing from a distant murmur to a swell of layered sounds, Home as in Heima wavers between losing and locating a historic sense of place.
KEVIN WILLIAMSON / KDUB DANCE: BRO
Masculinity and its markers are the subject of Kevin Williamson's new dance duet, performed with Nicholas Heitzeberg. Williamson's ramped-up gestural vocabulary draws references from realms of unmitigated maleness, even as the one-on-one encounter shifts from aggression to fluidity to reveal shades of identity that remain unfixed.
Funded in part by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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