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LAUREL JENKINS TENTINDO: Dance Theater Works
January 30, 2015 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm$15 - $20
An evening of dance theater works by choreographer Laurel Jenkins Tentindo which capture archetypal images. The show features Los Angeles dancers Alexx Shilling, Madison Page, Barry Brannum, Samantha Mohr, and Devika Wickremesinghe, live glass and electronic music by Miguel Frasconi, and costumes by Maria Garcia.
As a choreographer and director, Laurel creates interdisciplinary dance-theater works to awaken the imagination. Her work centers on the multiple languages of the body. By disrupting categorizations of concert dance and theater, she aims to open up a kinesthetic space for movement imagery to become valid text. By playing between narration and abstraction, she invites theatrical elements to speak to each other in compelling ways. In IMAGE ACTION TEXT, physical edges of the performers extend via an interplay between elaborate headdresses and shadows cast by mobile lights. In this piece, she asks if a dancer can morph from a human to a sculpture. Audiences experience the provocative nature of disorientation and risk as performers shift unconventionally between genres. The audience’s kinesthetic sense of the work deepens with Miguel Frasconi’s sonic field, created by an instrumentarium of glass objects. This program will feature the world premier of a new solo in which Tentindo captures archetypal imagery from Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. In researching perception, her interest in creating dance theater works is in the movement from certainty to curiosity.
Fri + Sat, January 30 + 31 @ 8:30pm
$20 general admission / $15 members, students, seniors
(the Fri, Jan 30 performance is currently SOLD OUT, but there will be a waiting list at the box office)
Laurel Jenkins Tentindo, originally from Vermont, is an LA-based movement artist. As a chorographic director and dancer, Tentindo creates experimental dance/theater works with live music. DANCE MAGAZINE called her “the divine Laurel Tentindo.” A highly acclaimed member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2007-2012, the New York Times said she was, “the most beautifully articulate translator of Ms. Brown’s work.” Tentindo created original roles in Brown’s four final works and performed 40-years of Brown’s repertory around the globe. Trisha Brown said, “You would not see other dancers (especially women) who are as brave and who, with the facility of a snake, can slither over the curves of other dancers. Her dancing is imbued with a sensitivity that is rare.” She also danced with Vicky Shick, Sara Rudner, the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and in Harry Partch’s opera, Delusion of the Fury, directed by John Jesurun.
Tendindo’s choreography has been presented in NYC at: Danspace Project, Joyce SoHo, and Judson Church, in Los Angeles at: Automata, Highways, the Fowler Museum, The Hammer Museum, The Electric Lodge, LA Movement Arts and Pieter Performance Space, and internationally at: Improvisation Xchange Berlin, Tanz im August: Berlin International Dance Festival, Coventry University, UK and the Prague Fringe. She developed choreography for Poe (and the museum of lost arts), a hybrid performance/film, directed by Elise Kermani/Mishinnah Productions. In 2013 Laurel was an artist-in-residence at Decoda in the UK and in 2014 at Performing Presence – Improvisation Xchange Berlin.
She currently teaches at UCLA in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and has been a guest faculty member at the New School in NYC, and has taught nationally and internationally. She consulted with the Getty Museum’s Education Department in relation to developing a kinesthetic ‘alternative tour.’ In 2014 she set a piece from Trisha Brown’s repertory in Switzerland for Le Mouvement: Performing the City/Biel Bienne and in 2015 she will teach at PARTS in Brussels. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and a certified Skinner Releasing Teacher. www.laureltentindo.com