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April 14, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm$15.00 - $20.00
A new series of interdisciplinary works that, through intensely layered movement, complicate issues around the body and its challenges navigating through ever-changing power structures.
Decode Explode features works by Caroline Haydon in collaboration with Michael Quinn & Damien Blaise; J. Alex Mathews with lighting designer Ric Zimmerman; Grace Phelan + Company; and Tamara Rosenblum in collaboration with Chantal Cherry.
An exploration into the complex layers of learned behavior, illusion, and linear time, Caroline Haydon’s “MAYA” (created in collaboration with Michael Quinn & Damie Blaise) attempts to unravel the habits & patterns we develop through our experience of reality, and how we identify the parameters of our universe. An introspection on identity and energetic origins, this project challenges our already transforming ideas of self.
J. Alex Mathews’s “STRIKING/LIGHT” is a solo work that explores the constructs and symbology of a gendered and sexualized body, and questions where the desirous self resides.
“Protest Dance/Women’s March” explores the relationship between the female body, protest and the ever-evolving feminist movement. During this critical time of #MeToo’ and ‘Time’s Up,’ Grace Phelan + Company seek to display the female body as it is: strong, vulnerable, resilient and continuously marching forward.
In 1990 a pair of college lovers, Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom, were convicted of murdering Elizabeth’s parents around the Haysom’s dinner table. During the trial, Elizabeth revealed her abusive childhood and was diagnosed with a personality disorder by the court-appointed psychologist. “Folie à Trois,” written & directed by Tamara Rosenbum, and choreographed by Chantal Cherry, explores Elizabeth’s relationship to her parents, imagining that heightened isolation caused a familial psychosis. Daily routine gives way to Elizabeth’s escape and the birth of her adult self. The violence of the murder is replaced by the violence of Elizabeth’s identity formation.
Caroline Haydon is a Los Angeles-based multi-media artist working with sound, video, choreography, art direction, and performance art. She explores the multi-faceted relationships between ancient forms and innovative mediums, focusing on both the individual human experience and our existence on a universal and infinite scale.
Haydon’s background in movement and physical theatre has allowed her work as a Butoh dancer and performance artist to be featured at events such as the Sundance Film Festival (Park City, UT), the opening of gallery shows at Studio C Gallery (DTLA), and events hosted by Interscope Records (Los Angeles). As an actor, she has been featured in films shown at the Cannes Film Festival (WILDLIFE). Her Butoh short films HEAVEN, a collaboration with songwriter Jennie Vee (Courtney Love, Eagles of Death Metal) and producer John Fryer (This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins, Nine Inch Nails), and SIKSYA, a collaboration with glitch and multimedia artists Hirad Sab, Dalena Tran and Talon McKee, were both chosen as official selections for the 2016 Videodanza Butoh Film Festival in Guayaquil, Ecuador. SIKSYA was also featured in an article by The Creator’s Project (VICE). Caroline has also acted as a Butoh consultant and choreographer for a number of feature films, short films, music videos, and plays.
J. Alex Mathews is an arts practitioner with a background in art-making, administration, and teaching. She earned a B.A. in World Arts and Culture/Dance from UCLA. She has worked as the Program Manager for Herb Alpert Award in the Arts and currently serves as Associate Director for Dance Resource Center, the hub and voice of Greater Los Angeles dance. She is part of the Leadership Council for Emerging Arts Leaders/LA, a health facilitator for More Than Sex-Ed, and an independent consultant. Her creative practice is comprised of movement, mixed media collage, and writing. In 2017, she received an artist fellowship called Animating the Archives: the Woman’s Building and presented work at Avenue 50 Studio, Electric Lodge, and MiModa Studio. She was accepted to a 2-week residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and will be sharing new work at Highways Performance Space April 13-14th, 2018.
“Protest Dance/Women’s March”
Grace Phelan is a Los Angeles based Performance Artist, Director and Choreographer. Last year she performed in, choreographed and co-produced Henry Moskowitz’s Wake Up Every Morning at Highways Performance Space. She currently teaches ‘Movement Based Performance Art’ at the North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony. Grace has also performed at REDCAT, The Wallis, and the Anonymous Theater and is an active member of Pieter Performance Space community. Previously based in NYC, Grace has presented work at Dixon Place, La Mama E.T.C., Aunts Is Dance and The City Reliquary Museum. Grace graduated from Oberlin College in 2012 with High Honors in Theater. That year she created her own site-specific, experimental theater company The New Euripides that performed their adaptation of The Bacchae on Arthurs Seat as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013.
“Folie à Trois”
Tamara Rosenblum is a Los Angeles based artist working in video and photography. Her work explores the psychology of intimacy. She received her MFA from the California Institute for the Arts in 2013. She has shown her work at La Mama New York City, The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, The Echo Park Film Center, NOW Space, and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Her work has been published by Powerhouse Press and The Village Voice.
Chantal Cherry is a South African choreographer/performer currently living in Los Angeles andman MFA in Choreography candidate at UCLA. She has choreographed for and performed in international conferences including ‘Confluences 6’ and ‘Confluences 7,’ hosted by the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She participated in ‘Crossings International Artistic Workshop’ hosted by the Gordon Institute of the Creative and Performing Arts in South Africa and lead by renowned choreographers Vincent Mantsoe and Germaine Acogny. Her dance film debut A Bigger Bang For Your Buck was screened at the ‘Dance Transmissions Festival’ in Uganda, as well as the ‘Re-Visioning Dance Festival’ in South Africa. Chantal was the choreographer for RAIDERS: The Whisky Trader, the top-grossing comedy production at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival (the biggest annual arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere). RAIDERS later toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Chantal has performed in the works of accomplished choreographers, such as Christina Towle (France), Hsiao-Mei Ho (Taiwan), Shahar Biniamini (Israel), Jeanine Durning (New York), and Sheetal Gandhi (Los Angeles). Chantal’s latest work The Way I Love You was the beginning of an on-going exploration of the representation of the LGBT community in dance.