NEW SHOES 16
August 11 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
One event on an unspecified date at 8:30pm
The sixteenth 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 16 features works by Jamie Carr/Authenticity: Grooves, Madison Clark, Belle Jessen/indigo projects, Keri Prokopidis, Pia Vinson, and Amanda Kay White.
Jamie Carr/Authenticity: Grooves’ “Expose It” is a piece about the complexities of vulnerability. The dancers use detailed, textured movement to navigate their way through a complex emotional journey of exposing oneself and being vulnerable. With many sources of inspiration to create a piece, the movement provides a vessel for the audience to join in on the journey.
Madison Clark’s “We ‘Study'” explores gestures of intimacy, connection, and ill-fitting-ness. A formal extension of choreographer Madison Clark’s traditionally narrative and humanist practice, the piece mangles tenuous and tender bodies in an extended study of spatial organization. With Zaq Kenefick’s collaborative sound score that utilizes experimental studio techniques, artists attempt to display humanity and the dissolution thereof.
Belle Jessen/indigo projects’ “Bringing Back A Past” reveals a world of history and nostalgia in the memories that remain within us. Created in collaboration with the performer and his past.
Keri Prokopidis’ “Inbetween” is a swirling mixture of emotion and movement inspired by the essence of life and what occurs when one live: How emotions mix and exist in ones body, and how they reach out to the surface.
In Pia Vinson’s “L’Ho Perduta”, 4 dancers experience and witness four different stages of the grieving process, alone and together.
As we move within the world our bodies are imbued with information gleamed from our surroundings. Amanda Kay White’s “Match. Get Inside.” dives into the movement collaborators’ spatial and bodily knowledge to bring forth a choreographic structure of both experience and exploration.
Friday + Saturday, August 11 + 12 @ 8.30pm
$20 general admission / $15 students, seniors
Jamie Carr was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Jamie loves to learn and work with others to accomplish a common goal. Jamie’s passion for performing and knowledge led her to graduate Magna Cum Laude from CSULB with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance and an Associates Arts degree in Photography. Upon graduation Jamie has established her company Authenticity. Jamie strives to eliminate the preconceived notions one may have when viewing dance and create an authentic connection with the audience. Authenticity is a constant collaboration with her company members and physical exploration and of the complexities of human emotion. Jamie has been fortunate to work with high profile professors and choreographers. She has also been able to experience dance abroad including Austria, Italy, and Spain, giving her a distinctive perspective from which to draw upon in her creative process.
Madison Clark is a Los Angeles native that has studied with numerous artists across the country. She has received a BFA in Dance at Cal State University, Long Beach’s Department of Dance and has worked with artists such as Laurel Jenkins, Sidra Bell, Keith Johnson, Rebecca Lemme, Andrew Vaca, Colleen Dunagan, Summer Brown, Rebecca Bryant, Nate Hodges, and Courtney Ozovek. Clark has presented her own choreography at CSULB’s Contemporary Concerts, variance: BFA Dance Concert, and at the American Dance Festival Student Showcase. She has danced with JESSICA KONDRATH | THE MOVEMENT, performed alongside Long Beach music group, Furcast, and at the American College Dance Association Baja Region Adjudication Concert. She has also studied at intensive programs such as The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Sidra Bell New York’s winter|module, The American Dance Festival Six- Week School, Backhausdance Summer Intensive, and Joffrey School’s Jazz and Contemporary Program. Clark is inspired by her versatile background in dance, theater, and improvisation to create her movement vocabulary. She is interested in investigations that explore simplicity in movement virtuosities within compositional forms.
Belle Jessen is a freelance dancer, choreographer and film creator currently residing in Los Angeles. After receiving her BFA from Point Park University, she joined Visceral Dance Chicago in 2015. While in Chicago, she collaborated with Adam McGaw for Visceral Dance Chicago’s, WITHIN as well as competed in Inaside Dance Chicago’s Choreographic Sponsorship Event where she premiered her work, “wen.” Belle has had the privilege of setting her repertoire on Consuming Kinetics Dance Company and Chicago Dance Crash as well as directing and producing, “Triptych,” an immersive show connecting Chicago artistic mediums with two of her collaborators, Owen Scarlett & Anna Long. Since relocating to Los Angeles, she created, “indigo projects,” the capturing of a collection of memories, sunsets, conversations, and ideas through film and live performance. Through Rosanna Gamson/World Wide, Belle took part in Terra Nova; a six-week choreographic residency where “indigo projects” came to the stage for the first time presenting “Bringing Back A Past,” both a live and screen dance creation.
Keri Prokopidis is a recent dance graduate of Point Park University. Where she learned, and performed many different styles of dance; such as Romeo and Juliet and works by Martha Graham. She has performed in New York City in works by Sidra Bell, Nicole Colbert and The Creators Collective. As well in Los Angeles in cultural events and at Museums for Mecca Vazie Andrews. She has presented her own work in New York City at Symphony Space with Young Choreographers Festival, Socrates Sculpture Park with Suite Summer Festival and Band in the Backyard for the Creators Collective. As well in Slovenia; in Murska Sobota for 11th Front@ festival and in Celje in OPUS 1 – 8th international competition of young dance performers, where she was one of the winners of the production award. She just finished a 2 ½ month residency in Ljubljana, Slovenia which culminated with a performance in Celje on April 15. She returned to Ljubljana to perform her work again at Spanski Borci on June 17.
Pia Vinson was born and raised in France where she began her studies in tap dance and ballet at the age of 4 years old. When she was 13, she enrolled in ballet major at the National School of Tarn where she studied with Dominique Thouroude, Agnès Nolténius (William Forsythe Company) and Marie-José Redon (Paris Opéra Ballet) among many others. By the age of 18, she was working for the National Opera of Montpellier as a dancer/mime in La Traviata, Manon Lescaut and other opera productions. In 2011, Pia moved to New York City and enrolled in the Professional Training Program at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance with scholarship. There, she focused on developing her own choreographic vocabulary and her performance and video repertory has been showcased in various venues in France, New York City, Los Angeles and has shared the stage with the Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Jazz Montréal and Martha Graham Company dancers. In June 2015, Pia joined the Mark Morris Dance Center as a program intern and assistant with Dance for Parkinson’s Disease. Pia relocated to Los Angeles in May 2016 where she had the chance to perform for choreographer Radhouane El Meddeb at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and with the Sunland Dancers at the Los Angeles Theatre for Night On Broadway 2017. Pia Vinson’s knowledge in ballet, modern dance and tap dance shaped her vocabulary but her passion for Gaga movement, African and Urban dancing highly influenced her work and gave her great versatility.
Amanda Kay White is a founding/current member of Orange County, California’s critically acclaimed dance company Backhausdance. She is an alumna of Chapman University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Advertising. Amanda also recently graduated with a Master’s of Fine Arts in Choreography from Jacksonville University. As an extension of her thesis work she traveled to Finland to partake in the inaugural Dance Hack, where new differing avenues of technology converged with the moving human form. Additionally, her written thesis was accepted into the prestigious International Academic Forum on the City in Barcelona, Spain. She has created over 40 inventive choreographic works which have been showcased at numerous local and international performance festivals as well as universities. Amanda is currently on faculty at Santa Ana College, Chapman University, Orange County School of the Arts, and South Coast Conservatory. In 2009 she founded Compass Dance Company, a pre-professional contemporary dance company for emerging artists ages 14 and up. By engaging, expressing and innovating Compass Dance Company reaches out to the community through dance.