NEW SHOES 14
June 23 @ 8:30 pm
One event on an unspecified date at 8:30pm
The fourteenth 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 14 features works by Alfonso Cervera & Hyoin Jun, Chantal Cherry, Rainy Demerson, Daniel Miramontes/DM Projects, and Rosanna Tavarez.
Alfonso Cervera & Hyoin Jun’s “Cast Away” is a collaborative dance work based off a narrative that portrays how two friends struggle to be rescued. By using imagination, the dancers use their friendship as a way to signal for help.
Chantal Cherry’s “The Way I Love You” portrays an intimate same-sex relationship that emerges out of a whirlwind of chaos and uncertainty – using highly physical movement vocabulary that depends largely on bodily contact. Cherry debunks the commonly over-sexualized, one-dimensional portrayal of lesbian individuals and engages with the topics of sexual identity in such a way that they can be relatable to anyone who has experienced a loving relationship, and/or any form of suppression for loving whom they love.
In “Manifesta Feminista,” Rainy Demerson experiments with her “neutral” and “feminine” bodies and their vocabularies. A love song to women.
Daniel Miramontes’s “Spins, swoops, and bends,” explores the idea of being satisfied with messing up, letting go and arriving at a place where dancing becomes play. Miramontes was inspired by watching his four-year-old niece in his family’s living room, intrigued by how unfiltered and free this young girl’s dancing was. Miramontes explores how aging can begin to filter actions, words, and emotions and reveals how the deconstruction of these filters can create a sense of freedom and play.
Rosanna Tavarez’s relationship with her grandmother was affectionate, tender and joyous. After her grandmother’s battle with Alzheimer’s and her subsequent passing, Tavarez discovered her grandmother’s relationship with her 7 children was filled with hardship, anxiety and tenacity. “Hybrids of Plants and Ghosts” examines how our identities are shaped by time, circumstance and the perspective of the storyteller.
Friday + Saturday, June 23 + 24 @ 8.30pm
$20 general admission / $15 members, students, seniors
Alfonso Cervera is a recent graduate from the University of California, Riverside where he received his MFA in Experimental Choreography. Cervera has received awards such as the Lambda Award, Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship Award, the MFA Fellowship Award, Dance Magazine award for best choreography in a collaborative work with Irvin Gonzalez, Hyoin Jun, and Maggie Sniffen. Cervera’s interest and research as a choreographer draw from his experiences as a folklòrico dancer and the entanglement that it has made in his practice of contemporary movement. Cervera has had various opportunities to showcase collaborative and independent work at Field Studies in New York; La Peña n Berkeley; BRAVA Ballet Arts in Riverside; Lux Boreal’s 4 x 4 in Tijuana, Mexico; The Bootleg Theater; REDCAT Center for Contemporary Arts; Brockus Project Studio; Festival; homeLA; and Pieter Performance Space.
Hyoin Jun is an MFA candidate in the Experimental Choreography program at UC Riverside where he was awarded the Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship Award. Before coming to UCR, Jun received an MA in Physical Education and a BA in Dance from the Chung-Ang Gracias University, Korea. His awards at international dance competitions include: the Jury Award, Sibiu International Dance Competition, Romania (2011); the Bronze Medal, Novosibirsk International Dance Competition, Russia (2010); and the Gold Medal, Berlin International Dance Competition TANZOLYMP, Germany (2010). He performed at the 2014 Winter Olympic Closing Ceremony in Sochi, Russia, on behalf of Korea National Contemporary Dance Company and choreographed and performed B.C. (Before Christ) in Korea.
Chantal Cherry is a South African dancer and choreographer currently enrolled at UCLA for her MFA in Choreography. Her most significant achievements as a dancer and choreographer include choreographing and performing in international conferences Confluences 6 and Confluences 7, hosted by the University of Cape Town, as well as her participation as a performer in the Crossings International Artistic Workshop hosted by the Gordon Institute of the Creative and Performing Arts (South Africa) and lead by renowned choreographers Vincent Mantsoe and Germaine Acogny. Chantal’s dance film debut A Bigger Bang For Your Buck was screened at both the Dance Transmissions Festival (Uganda), and Re- Visioning Dance Festival (South Africa). Chantal recently performed in Dear Me (USA) by Taiwanese choreographer Hsiao-Mei Ho.
Rainy Demerson is a Ph.D. student in Critical Dance Studies at UC Riverside. Rainy holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University, and an MA in Dance Education from NYU. She has taught in K-12 schools as well as Lindenwood University, El Paso Community College, Crafton Hills College and Scripps College. She’s presented choreography in festivals such as Dance in Revolting Times (CA), DUMBO Dance Festival (NY), and RADFest (MI).
Daniel Miramontes is a Southern California based dance artist who received his BFA in Dance from CSU, Long Beach. During his time at CSU, Long Beach he performed works by Doug Varone, Robert Moses, Andrew Vaca, Rebecca Lemme, Colleen Dunagan and Rebecca Bryant. His primary training is in Modern dance and is highly influenced by improvisation, he has also studied Ballet and Jazz, among other styles. Daniel also enjoys collaborating with other dance artists and musicians as well as designing and constructing costumes for dance.
Rosanna Tavarez of Michigan. She has a diverse background as a performer/entertainer and has had the honor of working with Marina Ambramovic, Ryan Heffington (Sia), Travis Payne (Michael Jackson), Tony Michaels (Beyonce) and Rosanna Gamson/Worldwide. She also toured with N’SYNC and Jessica Simpson as one-fifth of the girl group Eden’s Crush and covered the Emmys, Grammys and Oscars in addition to hosting her own shows as a television personality for FOX, E!, TVGuide Network, and Telemundo/NBC. Tavarez creates her own dance-theatre work in Los Angeles under the moniker LA DANSA DANSA. Her works have been supported by ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, UCLA Hothouse Residency, Show Box LA, Relativity School and CSLA.