New Shoes 19
August 25 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm$15.00 - $20.00
The nineteenth installment in an ongoing series of new movement-based works by emerging choreographers, directors and ensembles.
NEW SHOES 19 features works by Ashley Allen, Jay Bartley, Sue Roginski with counterpoint/shift, Felicia St. Cyr, Michael Tomlin III, and Brandon Whited | B Scott Dance.
Ashley Allen’s “Speaking of: Womanhood” solo is propelled by Anne Sexton’s poem, “Little Girl, My String Bean, My Lovely Women” – a letter to the the author’s daughter regarding the journey she faces as she enters into womanhood.
Jay Bartley’s “Feeling Our Way Through,” features dancers (Bartley and Julie Freeman) and a table used as a prop to manipulate.
In Sue Roginski’s “motifs and metaphors,” five dancers in complete stillness begin slowly turning in relation to each other. When an accidental move occurs, a motif begins and builds in size and speed. Stillness then happens and becomes a thread throughout the improvised work that combines multiple tasks and heightened attention felt by the ensemble.
Felicia St. Cyr’s “Feeder” is a solo engaged with audience participation based on individual attention span. This solo is neverending nor beginning, monitored by the inner workings of the performer’s mind and its ability to concentrate till distracted.
Michael Tomlin III’s “SPIRIT” is a reconnection with self and spirituality within a chaotic world.
Brandon Whited’s “Boys Like Us “ draws from the personal experiences of both the dancers and the choreographer in order to delve into the often lonely process of ‘coming out’ as a gay adolescent male. Through pedestrian movement, improvisation and intimate/physical interaction, the piece abstracts this process away from narrative, and instead offers a resonance on a human need for touch, the exploration of new and burgeoning sexual expression, and reflects on the process of forming and evolving identity.
Ashley Allen began her training in Fresno California where she danced professionally with fresNO dance COllective. She has since continued her professional career by dancing with Los Angeles based company, DANCE AEGIS directed by Andrea Gise, in their second and fourth annual Tethering show. Ashley is a recent graduate from California State University, Long Beach where she received her BFA in Dance. During her time at CSULB, she worked with guest artists Robert Moses and Colleen Thomas in the creation and performance of their individual choreographic works. In the spring of 2016 Ashley’s piece, “Habit of Composure,” created in collaboration with fellow dancer Colleen Hendricks, was selected to represent CSULB at the 2016 ACDA Adjudicated Concert and was chosen for the conference gala.
Jay Bartley has been dancing for 20 years. He began dancing at Mt. San Jacinto College earning his BA in dance. He is a founding member of Method, a contemporary modern dance company under the direction of Bradley Michaud. He was also a member of Stephanie Gilliland’s Dance Company based in Riverside and Tongue based in Los Angeles. After taking a break from choreographing and performing his own work, he returned to the studio wanting to create, collaborate and have fun in the art of movement. Jay has a private practice in West Hollywood offering Structural Integration-The Rolf Method.
Sue Roginski graduated from Wesleyan University in 1987 with a BA in Dance and from the University of California-Riverside in 2007 with an MFA in Dance. She is a dance artist and educator who relocated to Riverside from San Francisco in 2005. Sue is grateful to have worked and collaborated with many dance artists in the bay area and has performed in the works of Dandelion Dancetheater, STEAMROLLER, and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. Her recent projects are influenced by her dancing and improvising with Susan Rose and Dancers. She creates choreography and facilitates improvisation with Riverside dance artists within the contexts of open process, counterpoint/shift, leaving fear at the door and more recently Peer Practice. Currently she teaches dance at Riverside City College, is a teaching artist at McCallum Theatre Education, and with P.L.A.C.E. Performance organizes and hostsbetween the tables and Trolley Dances Riverside.
Felicia Skye St. Cyr, was born and raised in Houston, Texas. While in Houston, St. Cyr was apart of the Hope Stone Dance Company and graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. During her undergrad at the California Institute of the Arts for dance, she has performed works under the direction of Dimitri Chamblas, Marissa Osato, Andre Tyson, Mallory Fabian(fabe),and Paola Escobar. St. Cyr has choreographed for a variety of shows at both Calarts, and REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles. St. Cyr had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad to study at the London Contemporary Dance School. While in London, St.Cyr danced and performed with James Cousins, Kristine and Sade Alleyne of Akram Khan, and Chisato Ohno, former NDT and Batsheva company member. Along with performing, St. Cyr choreographed in collaboration with a graduate composer from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. This piece was showcased at The Place in London, and currently on tour in England. Now a recent graduate, she will be traveling to Berlin to work with choreographer, Luke Murphy.
Michael Tomlin III is a contemporary and commercial artist from California who began training at Debbie Allen Dance Academy as a scholarship student. He has worked with Odyssey Dance Theater in Salt Lake City, Utah and danced with the Lula Washington Dance Theater. Michael was the first African American to receive a full dance scholarship at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he graduated with a BFA in Dance and minor in Math. During his time at CalArts he performed ‘Memoria’ with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Music Center and has worked with Merce Cunningham’s musician John King, Barak Marshall, Body Traffic in L.A., Danielle Agami. Post graduation he moved to Japan and worked for Tokyo Disney Sea in a stage production Mystic Rhythm. While in Japan he choreographed his first international piece ‘IBUKI.’ After living in Japan for 3 years, he continues to dance with Lula Washington Dance Theater. In 2016, he set work on Cal State LA students and taught a master class in Tel Aviv, Israel. In 2017, Michael became the AmeriCorps Lead Fellow where he helped launched a new dance program at Dorsey High School Hip Hop Music Video Workshop.