New Shoes 18
July 20 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm$15.00 - $20.00
The eighteenth installment in an ongoing series of new movement-based works by emerging choreographers, directors and ensembles.
NEW SHOES 18 features works by Caitlin M. Heflin, Colleen Hendricks, Vannia Ibarguen Dance Arts, Ovation09_and Artists/Katherine Mcculla, Chasity Ramsey, and Katelyn Sanchez.
Caitlin M. Heflin’s “The Backs of Angels”: Man’s hubris knows no bounds, so he assumes he can eventually comprehend everything; even how wings are attached to the backs of angels.
Vannia Ibarguen Dance Art’s “Re-Yma-gine Yma” transports us – by juxtaposing dance, shadow play, and Yma Sumac’s songs- to the mysterious world of Yma, the only Peruvian woman with a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The work examines how she was born/created/ re-created as a diva sensation in Hollywood in the mid of the 20th century, while exploring Ibarguen’s own identity as a Peruvian performer living in Los Angeles.
Ovation09 and Artists’ choreographer Katherine Mccculla merges technique with experimentation, utilizing aspects of ballet, countertechnique, and Graham.
Chasity Ramsey’s “Frolicking Gypsies” is a hazy daydream of movement, live voice, music and an abundance of flowers, that evokes total wonder and absolute freedom, inviting the audience to shed the binds of everyday life and release the ever-present wild soul.
Katelyn Sanchez’s “Rootless Cosmpolitans”: With an introspective yet acutely conscious atmosphere, the dancers find a joint reality through intention, choice in reciprocal interaction, and the constant consistency of emotional fluctuations.
Caitlin M. Heflin, originally from Nashville, Tennessee, holds a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Economics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. While studying, she performed works by Martha Graham, Ohad Naharin, Joost Vrouenraets, Billy Sigenfield, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Upon her graduation, she joined Thodos Dance Chicago and freelanced with multiple choreographers and companies in the Chicagoland area. In 2017, she relocated to Los Angeles, and has worked with Cherice and Charissa Barton, Christian Denice, Vincent Paterson, and is currently dancing with Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre. Her choreography has been featured at shows in Dallas, Chicago, and, most recently, in Los Angeles, where she has choreographed for multiple projects, including the “Odysseus Film Project” and LA Unbound’s Summer 2018 show.
Vannia Ibarguen graduated from the University of Maryland with a MFA in Dance, is an international performer, choreographer, instructor, and artistic director of her own troupe VIDA – Vannia Ibarguen Dance Arts. She was a Soloist at the Ballet Municipal de Lima, being finalist at the XIII International Ballet Competition in Peru. She discovered Modern and Contemporary Dance and decided to train in Argentina, Cuba and United States. As a dancer, she has performed in Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, Hong Kong, and in a dozen cities in the US. Among the artists she worked with are Lucy Telge, Mikhail Koukharev, Renato Zanella, Mario Galizzi, Nejla Yatkin, Dana Tai Soon Burgess, John Jasperse, Tere O’Connor, Donna Uchizono, Victoria Marks, Miya Hisaka, Liz Hoefner-Adamis, among others. Vannia has received awards for her choreography in United States, Peru, Argentina, Cuba, and Colombia. She is also the Artistic Director of Global Water Dances, a biennial event where more than 100 cities around the world create outdoor dances to raise awareness about water issues in the local and global community.
Katherine Mcculla is a versatile, and dynamic dancer and choreographer whose artistry is driven by musicality and imagery. She currently dances for California Contemporary Ballet (CBT) under the direction of Aerin Holt. After producing works for American Theatre Circus and CBT, Katherine started Ovation09 and artists dance company. She expanded her college solo “Captive” into an 8 min piece and presented it at Awakenings and beginning International Dance festival. The piece won the audience-voted Emerging Artist category.
Chasity Ramsey, born and raised in Alabama, began training professionally in ballet, pointe, and modern dance at a young age. She was accepted into the Alabama School of Fine Arts and spent her summers furthering her dance training at Alabama Ballet, Point Park University, and ABT. Upon graduation, Chasity flew straight to Los Angeles where she developed her love for choreographing and directing at AMDA College and Conservatory. Chasity premiered the first part of her dance/film/music collaboration Alchemist Ballet in a giant empty pool at Peter Strauss Ranch. “Frolicking Gypsies” is part two of this work. Chasity has performed with MKM Bollystars, Daurden Dance Company, Amanda Bauman, Pieter Performance Space, and AKNU Productions. She is a children’s creative mentor teaching dance lessons and watercolor classes with different elementary schools across Los Angeles. Chasity uses her dance collaboration group, Good Vibe Tribe, to inspire non-movers to move and collaborate with all art mediums to create organic movement and storytelling inspired by dreams, understanding, compassion and truth.
Katelyn Sanchez is an artist who cherishes her time in dance-making, collaborating, performing, writing, and interdisciplinary work with an emphasis on authenticity and community. In the spring, Sanchez received a BFA in Dance and a BA in English Literature from California State University, Long Beach. After spending many years dedicated to training in classical ballet, Sanchez began training at CSULB with a myriad of teachers including Rebecca Lemme, Laurel Jenkins, Gracie Whyte, Summer Brown, and Keith Johnson. In her time at CSULB, Sanchez was given opportunities to perform in works by Lorin Johnson, Sophie Monat, Rebecca Bryant, and guest choreographer Robert Moses. In Sanchez’ most recently premiered work, she explores mass hysteria as an element that fosters self-doubt and the loss of independent convictions. www.katelynsanchez.com