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ANDREW PEARSON – this is a blank page. a story, in motion
August 4, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
One event on August 5, 2017 at 8:30pm
Featuring Mollie Wolf + an original score by Evan Monheit, recorded by the FAMES Macedonian Orchestra.
For his trilogy of self-performed, self-choreographed solo dances, Andrew Pearson has reverted to a process of work-making he lovingly refers to as “the living room model.” This approach traces back to Andrew, age 4, meticulously creating playful yet sincere performances to be staged in his living room for his parents and their friends. Now age 30, Andrew combines “the living room model” with his years of training and craftsmanship to self-examine certain habits and beliefs, as well as tackle a quintessential question of the modern Industrialized world: “Am I unhappy?” or more specifically, “Do I have any RIGHT to be unhappy?”
this is a blank page will look at these questions and more in an evening of dance and theater directed by Andrew Pearson. The show will premier his 3-part solo series and include a work by dancer and choreographer Mollie Wolf. Andrew’s inspiration has been pulled directly from the pages of his own journals as well as from various pages of, for lack of a better term, self-help books. The evening explores themes surrounding motherhood, partnership, sexuality, identity, external vs. internal modes of joy, comfort zones, and scarcity vs. abundance. The result is a silly and fanciful pop-art performance designed to connect audiences not only with the performers on stage, but also to the narratives of their own lives.
Friday + Saturday, August 4 + 5 @ 8.30pm
$20 general admission / $15 students, seniors
Andrew Pearson is the founder and facilitator of Contemporary Dance Practice: LA. He creates narrative-driven choreography for dance, theater, and film/media. As a solo artist, his work has been presented by the Pasadena Dance Festival, Orange County Dance Festival, SafeHouse Arts San Francisco, and the Los Angeles Dance Festival and he has served as an Artist in Residence for Northern Kentucky University, Los Feliz School of the Arts, and Orange County School of the Arts. He has been commissioned to create work for the LA Contemporary Dance Company, PGK Dance Project, California State University, LA, Santa Monica College, and El Camino College. As a dancer, Andrew has freelanced with many of LA’s companies such as BodyTraffic and String Theory Productions, and has worked in Opera, Musical Theater, and Film/Television. He has also performed internationally in Buenos Aires, Paris, and Malaga, Spain and taught master classes in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. Andrew currently performs his own solo work, freelances as a guest teacher and choreographer, and is a longstanding member of the LA Contemporary Dance Company.
Mollie Wolf is a mountain woman from Colorado currently living in Los Angeles. She has studied extensively with professionals in the post-modern, hip hop, contemporary and African dance communities. These interwoven influences have inspired Wolf to define a unique and distinctive movement vocabulary of her own. She consistently engages in interdisciplinary art-making and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Wolf acts as co-director and choreographer for the interdisciplinary production company, WolfTank Productions; and is a free-lance dancer, choreographer and movement instructor. She is currently dancing for Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, and her choreography has been showcased and commissioned across the United States and in Europe. Wolf teaches regularly in the Los Angeles area, and travels to teach at workshops and festivals around the United States. She graduated Summa cum Laude from the University of Colorado with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Ethnic Studies. In addition to dancing, Wolf runs, writes, and bakes a mean vegan cake.