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NEW SHOES 11
February 10, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT$15 – $20
The eleventh installment in an ongoing series of new and in-development dance and physical theatre works by emerging and established choreographers, directors and ensembles.
New Shoes 11 features works by Dalel Bacre / arteNÓMADA, Ania Catherine, Heisue Chung-Matheu and Grace Hwang, Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre (featuring Joshua White), and Julienne Mackey.
In Dalel Bacre / arteNÓMADA‘s “
No Dancing Today” the conjunctural, accidental, and unexpected coexist through choreography. Lives in a zone of hybridization between dance and the concept of performance,” No Dancing Today” moves between rehearsed choreography and improvisation.
Ania Catherine‘s “Public” is a surrealist trio performance created using chance operations in the pairing of movements, props, and sounds. The resulting mix of elements creates a moving picture and mental puzzle, imitating visually and viscerally the unpredictability of characters and scenes one encounters walking down the street. Each person is in their own reality, yet also inadvertently in a visual relationship and bodily conversation with those in their proximity—part of a single image.
This April will mark the 25th anniversary of the LA Uprising/Riots, or sa-yi-gu, as known in the Korean Immigrant community. In “sa-yi-gu: the fire this (next) time,” Heisue Chung-Matheu and Grace Hwang‘s offer up the remembrance of rebellion and uprising in order to help us resist oppression today – specifically how embodying these stories and memories can serve to process, resist, remember, forget, mourn, grieve, heal, hope and empower.
The performers in Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre‘s “Love Over Fear” contemplate the words of Dr. bell hooks while dancing with live piano improvisation by Joshua White. With movement vocabulary ranging from hip hop to modern dance to classical ballet, the dancers engage in nonverbal dialogue about our imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.
Julienne Mackey presents “self submerged and candied / This is How I Fill,” a work that centers on the internal process of finding satisfaction in solitude. The piece offers a space of rejuvenation, a space to breathe and celebrate female self care. The dancers discover this freedom and strength through loose, rhythmic and playful movement motifs in the hips and extremities.
Friday + Saturday, February 10 + 11 @ 8.30pm
$20 general admission / $15 members, students, seniors
Dalel Bacre is a performance artist recognized for challenging the aesthetics and traditional beauty of dance. She began her dance studies with renowned international dance teachers such as Dariusz Blajer (PL), Tulio de la Rosa (Venezuela), Carmen Bojórquez (MX), José Guadalupe Rodríguez (MX). In 2013 she founded the project arteNÓMADA, and currently collaborates with the filmmaker Christian Weber (USA), Shantí Vera at Cuatro X Cuatro Art Company (Mex), Amplio Espectro (Mex), and others.
Ania Catherine is an artist and choreographer based in Los Angeles. Her work can be seen in theaters, galleries, festivals, music videos, and various genres of film including fashion, feature, experimental, and dance. She has shown work at the British Film Institute, Peacock Theatre (London), LA Center for Digital Art, Agora Collective (Berlin), San Francisco Movement Arts Festival, Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn), International Museum of Women, among others. In addition to her personal practice, she has worked internationally performing, choreographing, speaking, directing, and teaching.
Heisue Chung-Matheu’s photo-based practice is a realization of her research and investigation of gendered and militarized space. She is interested in civilian relationships to militarism and imperialism, particularly those involving women and their labor, immigration and displacement. Born and raised in South Korea, she received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2013. Grace Hwang is a multidisciplinary artist and educator whose movement practice is fueled by improvisation, ensemble work and rule-based play. From muscle memory to cultural memory, the mining of her personal history and hyphenated American identity is unavoidably transposed in her work. She returns to Los Angeles, where she was born and raised after receiving an MFA in Art and Social Practice at Portland State University in 2014. Heisue and Grace met in Los Angeles through a network of Asian/Pacific Islander artists. They continue to reflect on the LA Riots/Uprising in 1992 and aftermath through a series of workshops as part of a residency culminating on April 15 at Camera Obscura Art Lab in Santa Monica. http://cargocollective.com/heisueandgrace
A native of Southern California, Chard Gonzalez has a BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase and a MA in Dance Studies from Laban Centre London. He founded Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre in New Orleans (post-Katrina), it was re-birthed in San Diego and now transfigured by its new Los Angeles home. Since 2009, CGDT has performed throughout Louisiana, in San Diego, Houston, San Francisco and New York. The artists of CGDT continually strive to create unique performance experiences and do so through collaboration with other artists.
For the last ten years, Joshua White has been in demand as one of Southern California’s most creative and technically accomplished pianists. He performs regularly at Dizzy’s (San Diego), Blue Whale (Los Angeles), and The Falls (Los Angeles). Joshua also tours locally and internationally with musicians such as virtuoso trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, bassist Marshall Hawkins, and alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa.
Julienne Mackey is a female, modern movement maker from California. Coming from a background of Hip Hop, Gaga, Jazz and Performance Art, she juxtaposes and recontextualizes music styles, and feminine gestures to build understanding of contemporary gender narratives. Her scrapbooked, pasted together scenes work to physicalize and unpack the experiences of queer females. She graduated from University of California, Irvine with a double major in Dance Performance and Psychology and Social Behavior in 2016. Since graduating she has been performing in many Los Angeles dance festivals, and New Shoes 11 will be the first time her work is shown outside of the university setting.