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REBECCA BRYANT DANCEWORKS & NEHARA KALEV – Imaginary Women On A Very Short Leash
June 13, 2015 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm$15 - $20
Co-Conspirators Rebecca Bryant and Nehara Kalev combine forces to present performances wielding their hidden superpowers.
Nehara embraces an array of impossibilities, unlocks the wisdom of untruths, and laughs at the invisible – while Bryant’s kaledescopic recontextualization of gender representation leaves audiences wondering which way is up.
The high-octane women of Texas’s Big Rig Dance Collective light up the stage with the latest installment of Bryant’s critically acclaimed Suite Female series. Wielding a video camera to capture, frame, project, and manipulate the live action onstage, the four female performers and their onstage female “producer” dig up ideas of viewing, labeling, and power by controlling the visual representation of themselves. Explosive dancing, campy gestures, and poetically-charged solo moments build potent metaphors with absurd props that can shape-shift. Antler fragments become phalli become serving spoons, while a candelabra turns into a chastity belt turns into fallopian tubes. This smart ensemble work stirs up enough perceptual force to flip you on your head.
Nehara premieres an excerpt from Autobiography Of Lies, a full-length dance | theater | aerial solo performance that lies as much as possible, contemplates contradictions that are simultaneously true, makes the invisible visible, laughs with the many other selves, tells the courageous and irrelevant truth, messes with your eyeballs, fondles your tender heart, and cultivates a madness that spawns delight.
Friday + Saturday, June 12 + 13 @ 8:30pm
$20 general admission / $15 members, students, seniors
A recent recipient of a choreographic grant from the Puffin Foundation, Rebecca Bryant is dedicated to making and teaching experimental and cross-disciplinary dance. She joined the dance faculty at California State University, Long Beach this fall where she teaches modern/contemporary dance praxis and improvisation. Her performance work and teaching have been presented across the U.S. and in Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Spain, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. For more information, visit www.rebeccabryant.net.
Nehara Kalev is an interdisciplinary performing artist originally from New York City. Haunted by the never-ending complexities of dance and theatrical performance making, she has followed this madness around the world many times, with new perspectives seeping in from six continents. Combining experimental dance-theatre, improvisation, and aerial dance imagery, she has created and performed works with support from private foundations, artistic residencies, and public institutions, including the Bogliasco Fellowship in Italy, Djerassi, Montalvo Arts Center, The LA County Arts Commission, The Gerbode and The Center For Cultural Innovation. Transplanted to Los Angeles, she has toured with Diavolo and Rousseve/REALITY. Nehara performs monthly with Rachel Rosenthal’s ensemble. www.nehara.com tells all.