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SOLO DOLO 6
August 5, 2016 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT$15 – $20
The sixth installment in an ongoing series, featuring a diverse array of new and in-development twists on the “solo performance.”
Solo Dolo 6 features new works from Amelia Uzategui Bonilla, Sara Debevec, Oree Holban (with harpist Simone Salmón), DaEun Jung, and Alexx Shilling (with Carol McDowell).
Friday + Saturday, August 5 + 6 @ 8.30pm
$20 general admission / $15 members, students
Amelia Uzategui Bonilla’s “Myth of the Manta” – As a member of a risk-it-all immigrant family, Amelia questions, “Is failure an option?” In this solo dance performance, Bonilla sculpts a heirloom Peruvian manta, traditionally used as a blanket or baby-carrier. The manta’s shape-shifting quality conjures memories and characters from the performer’s early childhood that she re-stories in movement and poetry.
Sara Debevec’s “Fish Tanks” – An immersive multimedia performance piece that explores hybrid identities through spoken word, video projection, physical theatre and music. Landana (top half fish, bottom half woman) takes us on a journey through self-discovery and coming of age in a multilayered society. Using an old portable radio for a mouth, she tells us the tales of her ancestors and what it means to have both gills and legs.
Oree Holban’s “The Vehicle” (with harpist Simone Salmón) – The Vehicle, an extension of the performer’s body, transitions from place to place, gender to gender, sensation to sensation– finding itself on and off awareness, in an in-between space. By traveling between the interior and exterior using ready-made toys, miniature objects, text and songs — this musical performance will summon concepts of nostalgia, attachment, sex drive, escapism, and the resulting pains of identifying the self with objects outside as well as inside it (ego). Inspired by TV shows such as Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and Pee Wee Herman– The Vehicle attempts to exchange colorful, difficult, old (yet contemporary) bodily/heart wisdom with the audience.
DaEun Jung’s “Byoul: Dance Created by Chance Procedure 2″ – A bicultural choreographer, DaEun Jung introduces an intriguing method to reorganize traditional movement vocabulary by adopting Merce Cunningham’s chance operation. The Korean Alphabet, Hangul, provides the basic structure of her chance system as she throws the dice to make each decision. Through this performance, she disrupts the tradition of Korean dance while honoring its originality. This is the second piece of her chance project as a continuation to Chungsan (2015).
Alexx Shilling | alexx makes dances (made in collaboration with Carol McDowell)’s “Be Cool” – the women within us, the women we are, the women we dreamt about / a solo full of other bodies / through time / draped in gold
Amelia Uzategui Bonilla (Peru/USA) dedicates herself to arts education, performance, and social justice since 2005. She has developed a collaborative creative practice in Berlin, Croatia, Argentina, throughout Peru and the United States. As a graduate from the Juilliard School and the Tamalpa Institute, Amelia’s work combines technical prowess and emotional sensitivity. In 2013, Amelia founded Rio Danza Comunitaria, based in Lima, Peru. She is currently a student of Anna Halprin and creates out of her studio in Oakland, CA.
Sara Debevec is a Serbian multimedia performance artist and writer known for her work through Europe and USA. With a background in sociology, urban studies and avant-garde circus cabaret, Debevec explores the human psyche, gender constructs and belonging through animal archetypes and has performed as a fly, a horse, a homeless snail, a dog, and a cockroach in the past. Debevec has performed at numerous venues and festivals around the world including Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, USA; Madame JoJo’s in London, UK; Glastonbury Festival in Sommerset, UK; Centrum Sztuki Fort Sokolnickiego in Warsaw, Poland; Gólya Presszó in Budapest, Hungary; Greenhouse in Berlin, Germany; Plaza Alpujarra in Orgiva, Spain; and Konak Square in Izmir, Turkey. She also performed at immersive theatre productions such as Carnesky’s Tarotrdome in England and The Shells- Ausflug nach Neu-Friedenwald in Germany. Her work was featured in a collection of poetry published by Antlers Press, Bad Brains and she has been a blogger in residence for The Southbank Centre in London.
Multidisciplinary in practice, Oree is an image-maker, performer, singer-songwriter, a player of words, and a creator of neon worlds. Their work reflects on being in “Limbo” of genders, “The Middle Way”, love relationships, toys for kids who want it all, the American 1950s, authenticity, celebrity culture, the “Wholesome Performer”, and the experience of identity/ego loss. Holban recently graduated from the MFA Studio Art program at UC Santa Barbara. In 2009 they studied at Rhode Island School of Design, while earning and completing a BFA at Bezalel Art Academy of Jerusalem in 2010. Oree is the recipient of several awards, including the Fulbright Fellowship Award, the Israel Levitan Fellowship, the UCSB Doctoral Student Travel Grant, and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship for Painting, among others.
DaEun Jung is a dance artist and an MFA in dance candidate in the Department of World Arts and Culture/Dance at University of California Los Angeles. Rooted on Korean dance, she has contemporized her choreographic vocabulary to embody cross-cultural stage arts. She is currently working on a project to create dance pieces that will revive cultural and artistic elements of Korean folk dance. DaEun has been a choreographer and a dancer in Haemil, an LA-based cross-over Korean music group, and was a professional dancer of Gyeonggi Provincial Dance Company in Korea which is internationally renowned for its historical repertoire. In the meanwhile, she gained a global understanding of dance as a stage art by performing around the world including Asia, Russia, Europe and North America. She had also worked for PMC, a rhythmic performance group that performed more than 1,000 times to show Korean-style rhythm and dance to the worldwide audiences. Having 6 years of specialized training in dance through Gugak National Arts Middle and High School, she obtained a BA in dance and minor in Korean Literature from Ewha Womans University in South Korea.
Alexx Shilling is fully committed to the infinite investigation of movement and its potential to uncover alternative narratives and allow us to remember. Her original choreography and experimental films have been presented nationally and internationally, through residencies at the Millay Colony and Ebenbökhaus / Jewish Museum in Munich, and with generous support from institutions including Dance Films Association, CCI, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and CHIME both as Artistic Director of alexx makes dances and ann and alexx make dances (with Ann Robideaux). Since relocating from New York to Los Angeles in 2010, she has been collaborating as a performer with Victoria Marks, and currently practices and performs with Ros Warby, Laurel Jenkins, Sarah Leddy, Alison D’Amato and Rebecca Pappas.
Carol McDowell is an interdisciplinary dance artist, collaborator, scholar, and educator who grew up a haole in Hawai’I, lived in the downtown arts community of NYC from 1979-1991, and has now been part of the Los Angeles dance community for 17 years. She creates movement scores and performance events concerned with presence, compassion, and difference.