- This event has passed.
LIZ HOEFNER ADAMIS/IMMEDIATE ACTION DANCE & CAROL MCDOWELL – Dance Dance Revolution, Extreme Edition 3: From Here to Now and Back Again
January 20, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm$15 - $20
In concert, Liz Hoefner Adamis and Carol McDowell join forces to conjure, remix, and create dance works for the present. With choreographic voices that reference different American modern dance generations, they move forward as artists on their own paths of liberation while acknowledging the plans that have gone awry along the way.
Liz Hoefner Adamis/Immediate Action Dance will present works that deal with today’s political climate while referencing dance and politics of the past. In Enter Lenin! Hoefner Adamis imagines what may or may not have happened if Vladimir Lenin (Bolshevik party leader and Russian Communist revolutionary) had entered the Cabaret Voltaire (birthplace of the Dada art movement) while in Zürich in 1916. Enter Lenin! uses a cast of 7 dancers/actors, to loosely imagine the melding of Tzara and Lenin’s influence and how this might be currently related to today’s political climate. This highly satirical dance theatre piece is performed by and in collaboration with Liz Hoefner Adamis, Anthony Angellano, Sinnamon Hauser, Israel Henry, Vannia Ibarguen, Paula Present and Shoji Yamasaki. Other dancers appearing in Hoefner Adamis’ work include Kelly Dunn, Shannon Lew, Alexandra Oliver and Jeremiah Peoples. The Dance Company Liz Hoefner Adamis/Immediate Action Dance was formed in 2014 with the intention of making dance works that illuminate, question and investigate aspects of human rights issues nationally and internationally.
Carol McDowell presents a new group dance score, “Noetic Gestures,” and performs two dance solos, “Be Cool” choreographed by Alexx Shilling, and “Formal (portrait)” choreographed by Kevin Williamson. Responding to the large shift in the narrative of our nation, these dances divine alternative movement stanzas and propose poetic agency. “Be Cool” is a dance that Shilling calls “a saying, a possibility, a prayer, and a necessity.” Williamson directs McDowell to follow the impulse to groove through a collection of personal archetypes in “Formal (portrait).” In “Noetic Gestures,” McDowell guides a coven of improvisational dancers to conjure the guardian spirits, ancestors, and mythological beings we need to sing and dance the ballads of our bodies in 2017. The intergenerational improvisers include: Mariel Carranza, Carmela Hermann Dietrich, Rochelle Fabb, Jennifer Hong, Susanna Lily, Rachel Lopez, Dana Penenberg, Amy Shimshon-Santo, and Shelley Wilcox Williams.
Friday + Saturday, January 20 + 21 @ 8.30pm
$20 general admission / $15 members, students, seniors
Liz Hoefner Adamis is a choreographer, dancer, writer and actress dedicated to making thoughtful contemporary dance theater works. After working steadily as an independent choreographer in Los Angeles since 2001 she formed the company Liz Hoefner Adamis/Immediate Action Dance in 2014 with the intention of making dance theater works that illuminate, question and investigate aspects of human rights issues nationally and internationally. Since receiving her MFA degree in Dance and Choreography from California Institute of the Arts, Liz has created numerous evening length, solo and smaller group works that have been presented in Los Angeles, New York City and abroad at a myriad of theaters, universities and festivals. Hoefner Adamis’ dances have received seven Lester Horton Dance Award nominations in the categories of choreography, performance, music and design and in 2013 Hoefner Adamis was a recipient of the Margaret Jenkin’s Dance Company’s CHIME grant with mentor Nancy Keystone (Artistic Director of CRITICAL MASS PERFORMANCE GROUP). Liz Hoefner Adamis starred in the short film Hedda by Hungarian filmmaker Virag Vida currently being shown in international film festivals in South Africa, Cyprus, Dublin and Prague. Previous lead roles in films include Beyond the Steps by Polish filmmaker Jiemovit Darski, and Birds by American filmmaker Daria Martin seen in museums nationally and internationally (Hammer Museum, Tate). Liz’s choreography can also be seen in the film Enclosure 8:Harry Partch celebrating the works of the avant-garde composer. In theater Hoefner Adamis played the role of Amy Randall in the play Tape under the guidance of William Alderson and the direction of Don Bloomfield. In 2010 she was nominated for a National Youth award for “Most Outstanding Choreography” for the musical Evita and has recently (2016) choreographed and directed for Musical Theater Los Angeles as well as worked as a choreographer for International City Theater in Long Beach. As a dancer, Hoefner Adamis performed and studied with many artists including New York artists Garth Fagan, Kista Tucker, Joanna Mendl Shaw, Joy Kellman and Yin Mei. In Los Angeles she performed and worked extensively for choreographers Arianne MacBean and Cid Pearlman. Liz currently teaches dance full-time at El Camino College in Torrance, CA and has also acted as department chair and director of dance at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Cañada from 2005 – 2013.
Wendy Perron from Dance Magazine wrote on Monday, Mar 17, 2014:
It’s pleasantly shocking to see the choreographic diversity pouring out of colleges and universities. And it’s not just the better-known dance departments that are producing daring, well-crafted work, but also many community colleges. As an adjudicator for the West regional conference of the American College Dance Festival Association, I saw 47 dances performed by students from 27 schools, mostly in California and Arizona. The high level of work reflected not only the students’ abilities, but also faculty guidance behind the scenes.
There was the very moving first impressions; fragile ground from El Camino College. In this work by faculty member Liz Hoefner Adamis in collaboration with six students, each participant spoke out about the difference between their first impressions of a classmate and what they learned about that person by setting aside those early superficial thoughts. I don’t remember the exact words or movements, but the combination created a real poignancy. The humanistic concept of breaking through façades to form a deeper opinion is a simple idea, but so important that I wished the piece could be performed on the floor of Congress.
Carol McDowell is an interdisciplinary dance artist and educator. Born in California and raised in Hawai’i, she fell in love with modern dance while studying with Betty Jones. McDowell has jumped from an airplane in Tim Miller’s Cost of Living, and danced Kei Takei’s Light, Jack Moore’s Four Songs, Pooh Kaye’s Active Graphics, Barbara Dilley’s Naked Face, Victoria Mark’s Medium Big Inefficient Considerably Imbalanced Dance, and most recently Alexx Shilling’s Be Cool at Highways, and Laurel Jenkin’s BASE at the Getty. Additionally shehas performed in works by Kevin Williamson, Jmy Kidd, Nickels Sunshine, Christine Suarez, Rebecca Alson Milkman, Ari Hoffman, Cheng-Chieh Yu, Cid Pearlman, Karen Finley, Yvonne Meier, Yoshiko Chuma, Poppo, John Bernd, and Phoebe Neville. Collaborations include projects with performance artists Mariel Carranza, Jerri Allen & Inez Bush, and Asher Hartman. Her choreographic projects have been presented at Pieter, Looking Left/Santa Cruz, the Craftwoman House, Skirball Cultural Center, Sweeney Art Gallery, Anatomy Riot, Highways, The Kitchen, DTW, PS122, and abroad in Indonesia and Europe. McDowell teaches dance studies and yoga at CSULB, Rio Hondo College, and has been a guest artist at Pomona College and Bennington College.