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Let me play with Jessi in my head – curated by JAY BARTLEY & JESS HARPER
June 27, 2015 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT$15 - $20
An intimate evening of dance with a collection of solos and duets– bringing together four choreographers: Jay Bartley, Nickels Sunshine “formerly Nick Duran,” Chad Michael Hall and Jess Harper; that are unique but yet speak the same creative language.
Nickels Sunshine “formerly Nick Duran” will be showing a work in two parts called “Linda.” On the First night she will dance to the A side of Linda Perhacs’ seminal psychedelic folk album, Parallelograms. On the second night she will dance to the B side.
Jay Bartley‘s “Only” is a meditative solo on harnessing habitual patterns that can be detrimental to your emotional and physical wellbeing.
Jess Harper presents the solo “Near.”
Chad Michael Hall choreographs and performs the solo “Threshold,” created from the premise, “They say when one door closes, another opens… but what happens in between?” The piece inhabits an interstitial space and time– a man in limbo, a soul in purgatory. Hall also presents the duet “Rollplay” – a playful set of emotional and physically intimate acts suggested through contemporary partnering and Floor work.
Friday + Saturday, June 26 + 27 @ 8:30pm
$20 general admission / $15 members, students, seniors
Jay Bartley is a choreographer, dancer, movement educator and structural integrator based in Los Angeles, Ca. He has been performing for over 20 years. Jay attended MSJC under the direction of Gail Hoak and Julie Freeman. He was a touring member of the STEPHANIE GILLILAND DANCE COMPANY, TONGUE, under the direction of Stephanie Gilliland and a founding member of METHOD, under the direction of Bradley Michaud. Jay has performed in numerous festivals including Kaleidoscope , The Solo Festival, Celebrate Dance and the Summer Solstice Festival. Jay was a recipient of a Lester Horton Award for outstanding performance by a company with METHOD. He is now focused on creating and performing solo work and is co-‐founder and Artistic Director of JJ DANCE alongside Jessica Harper. Jay has a private practice in West Hollywood offering Structural Integration – Rolf Method, (structural bodywork, somatic psychology, biomechanics and movement re-‐education) visit www.bartleybodyintegration.com.
N. Duran lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Currently she makes dances and performs in collaboration with artists, including: Jmy James Kidd (NICK+JAMES), Rafa Esparza, Julie Tolentino, and Ryan Kelly and Brennan Gerard (Gerard & Kelly). In her past she danced with a number of companies in NYC, including: Brian Brooks Moving Company, Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre, Fiona Marcotty Dolenga/Hidden Arena, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Dance by Neil Greenberg. She has been the choreographic assistant to Tere O’Connor, Jennifer Monson, Seán Curran, and Sara Hook. Her work has been shown by REDCAT, the Hammer Museum, Highways, Pieter, CSULA, AMDA, SOMArts, Dance Theatre Workshop, DanceNow, and Movement Research at the Judson Church. She’s a Kundalini Yoga Teacher, a Reiki Master, a BodyTalk practitioner, and holds a MFA in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-‐Champaign and a BFA in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She also teaches `ive days a week for UCLA’s department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and Loyola Marymount University’s Department of Dance. Every Saturday afternoon she teaches a therapeutic performance art class called Physical Practice at Pieter in Lincoln Heights.
Chad Michael Hall is a director, choreographer, performer, and teacher based in Los Angeles, CA. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the new LA-‐based company MULTIPLEX DANCE and Assistant Professor of Dance at the prestigious Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine. He is a member of the critically acclaimed production, The Men Dancers: From the Horse’s Mouth, featuring his solo work in venues such as Jacob’s Pillow, NYC’s historic 14th St. Theatre at the Y, and The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. He toured extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, Chile and South Korea with the world-‐renowned Diavolo/Architecture In Motion from 2004 to 2006 and has performed with numerous other companies on the west and east coasts including Body Traf`ic, Regina Klenjoski Dance Company, Pittsburgh Dance Alloy and Attack Theatre to name a few. Hall is a sought-‐after choreographer and teacher among dance companies, university dance programs and performing arts high schools, having been a guest artist in locations across the country since 2008. Hall is now building a body of work with MULTIPLEX DANCE. Their signature athletic and acrobatic movement style and unique brand of digital dance theater are making their mark on the dance community of LA and beyond. Hall is inspired by super-‐ heroes, video games, science `iction and electronic music, and his ongoing collaborations with composer David Karagianis provide an unending source of inspiration for his choreography. For more information about Chad Michael Hall and MULTIPLEX DANCE, visit www.multiplexdance.org.
Jessica Harper, professional dancer, certified yoga instructor and professor, graduated with a her BFA in Dance from Loyola Marymount University, completed her Masters in Education at the University of Phoenix, and is currently in the graduate program to receive her MFA in Dance at University of California, Irvine. She received her yoga certi`ication in the Vinyasa Krama Series under the direction of Srivatsa Ramaswami, and teaches vinyasa `low when she has time. Jessi is currently teaching Jazz at UCI, dancing in METHOD, under the direction of Bradley Michaud, KAIROS, under Hazel Clarke, and is co-‐founder of JJ Dance, working with Jay Bartley. She has danced with TONGUE, MIZERANYDANCE, LEDGES AND BONES, Kristin Smiraowsky, and EARTH WIND AND FIRE. Jessi has taught at the School of Dance and Music, Yoga Loft, and LMU. Originally from St. Louis, MO, she danced with Missouri State Ballet, and traveled to Russia, Australia, and New Zealand as a student ambassador. A scholarship recipient of NYU’s Tisch Dance Summer Festival, Jess has also received multiple Lester Horton Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Company (TONGUE AND METHOD). She feels blessed to live life creatively and is fully committed to teaching and giving back to the community.