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4 HEADED DANCE IV
May 3, 2013 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm PDT$15 – $20
curated by KEITH GLASSMAN
featuring new work By: KEITH GLASSMAN, BRADLEY MICHAUD, ANNA B. SCOTT and WAEWDAO SIRISOOK
Exploring off-center, high velocity movement and abandon, the African diaspora, the Thai experience in contemporary performance and down-home centenarians, 4 Headed Dance spans the globe in its 4th incarnation. The shared program of new work by distinctive local dance makers is fueled by Bradley Michaud/Method Contemporary Dance’s artists/athletes, Anna B. Scott’s ensemble of consummate thinking movers, Waewdao Sirisook’s take on cultural exoticism and Keith Glassman’s elegant home-grown portraiture. The evening will rattle your bones and shake the muscles in your brain. Come prepared to be moved!
Set to a recording of the 2011 Gospel hit, “Spiritual,” performers d. Sabela Grimes , Jahanna Blunt and Amy Shimson Santos roll out the stage for Anna B. Scott’s newest creation of the same title. Critically acclaimed Bradley Michaud unfurls “Cedars,” the 13th dance work he’s choreographed for his company. Performed by Chelsea Asman, Nicole Cox and Jessica Harper, the piece unleashes a no-frills, matter-of-fact, in-your-face dancing aesthetic that may knock off your socks. Knowing all-too-well of what she speaks, Waewdao Sirisook exposes her experience of conflicting cultural messages in the dance theater solo “Lanna Dream.” Finally, curator/co-producer Keith Glassman will uncork the effervescent septuagenarian Klyda Mahoney in “Portrait of a Three Hundred Year Old Woman.” Accompanied by LA poet Pat Payne’s “How To Find Darkness in the New World,” and live saxophone by Charles Sharp, this piece , like the others, pulls at both the head and heart and will leave the audience with much to think about and many images to remember.
Friday + Saturday, May 3 + 4 @ 8:30pm
$20 general admission / $15 members, students, seniors
Anna Beatrice Scott was born in 1969 in Iowa City, Iowa and performs afrofuturist conjurations with dance, digital devices and text on stage, in blogs, books and through strategic marketing plans. Trained in traditional, collaborative performance from the African Diaspora, Scott is always looking to join the Arkestra. She has been fortunate to collaborate with Pat Payne, Ulysses Jenkins, Sheron Wray, Meg Wolfe, Najité, Brian Getnik, and Ritsu Katsumata on an array of performance work. Her work is archived at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the J. Paul Getty Museum. She has presented her solo work in traditional and non-traditional spaces around the country including the REDCAT, MIT, Express Yourself Festival in Chicago’s Grant Park, Bayview Opera House in San Francisco, and streets around Los Angeles. As a dancer, she has performed for Alassane Kane, Augusto Omolu, Isuara Oliveira, Malonga Casquelorde. She is the artistic director of VISCERA Performance Instigation Troupe. They perform ‘high tech’ street theater installations, having launched the inaugural performance in the Los Angeles World Airports’ and Public Art division of the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Ephemeral Art Program with ‘Bout To Get On. VISCERA occasionally appears around the city, most recently at The Last Bookstore as PATCH. Please visit http://kineme.blogspot.com for information on their work.
Choreographer, curater and 4 Headed Dance co-producer Keith Glassman grew up playing basketball in Philadelphia, started dancing in San Diego, spent a dozen years in New York and has been showing work across LA since 2000. A Lester Horton awardee and the 2011 Choreographer in Residence at the Annenberg Community Beach House, Keith’s work has been supported by local and national organizations and private philanthropies. He toured Mavericks, his 2001 inquiry into what makes surfers get wet to five coastal California communities, explored cultural lineage in Far From Home (2009) and has been working with inter-generational and mixed ability casts since 2006. Since 2007, Keith has been presenting dances in neighborhood coffeehouses and almost annually at Highways (since 2003). After his Santa Monica Beach House residency, Keith rekindled his interest in site-specific performance and was part of last summer’s “Scene From Above,” a project produced on a rooftop adjacent to LAX. As a dancer, Keith performed in the companies of Ken Rinker, Bebe Miller, Catlin Cobb and Sharon Kinney and has studied with Bessie Schonberg before earning his MFA from UC Irvine. http://www.keithglassman.org
Bradley Michaud is the founder, director and choreographer for Los Angeles-based method contemporary dance company. A graduate of UCLA and former member of Rock Theatre and the highly acclaimed TONGUE, his work has been presented both nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of two Lester Horton Awards for choreography, a prestigious CHIME grant and has performed at leading venues in LA, San Francisco, Mexico and Canada. As a dance educator, Bradley teaches his unique mix of ashtanga yoga and contemporary movement in colleges and studios and sets his work on other dance companies hungry for a full throttle experience. http://www.methoddance.com
Choreographer, dancer and costume designer, Waewdao Sirisook, received her MFA in Choreography from the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures, her BFA from Chiang Mai University, and also studied Balinese dance in Bali, Indonesia. As a professional traditional and contemporary dancer, Waewdao has participated in international cultural exchange programs with the Tourist Authority of Thailand since the age of 19, performing in dozens of cultural missions throughout Europe, North America and Asia. Her choreography focuses on expressing the diversity of the authentic
traditional Lanna arts and culture. Waewdao’s intention is to maintain the root of the original arts and culture of her own region and bring it to diverse audiences. Waewdao received a fellowship to participate in the Asian Pacific Performance Exchange 2006 and has received fellowship funding for study and research in the United States for for three years in a row by the Asian Cultural Council. She also participated for many years in the non-profit organization, LA Thai Kids, providing traditional Thai dance lesson to the Los Angeles Thai community. Waewdao is a guest artist-in-residence teaching Southeast Asian Dance at Payap University and occasionally guest lectures at Chiang Mai University.