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Stories in Body #2
August 9, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm PDT$15.00 – $20.00
The second entry in a series of new works that blur the line between theatrical storytelling and abstract dance.
Stories in Body #2 features work by Julia Eichten, Lenin Fernandez, Belle Jessen & Owen Scarlett, Jinglin Liao, Annalee Traylor, and Christina Nova Zych.
Julia Eichten’s “PhraseHxr” is a real time abstraction and distortion. With material from her solo, “She is Her,” Julia deals with the immediacy of the moment while reaching to her outer or spiritual self for strength and transcendence.
Lenin Fernandez’s “Color the Space” looks into how vibrations affect us whether it be light (visual / color) or sound (environmental / language).
Belle Jessen & Owen Scarlett’s “overgrown” depicts the elevated state of a place once lived, where transparency reveals the nurture of our nature.
Jinglin Liao presents “Between Heads”:
The weight of the head,
A mixed body of…
Who are you?
Are you represented?
Christina Nova Zych’s “Havoc” touches on elements of invisible illness and the valuing of female beauty above all else, exemplified in phrases said throughout chronic illness, such as: “at least you look pretty” and “but you don’t look sick”.
In Annalee Traylor’s “a Puppet named i,” a series of twisted, interconnected narratives transport the viewer to a curious world where the interactions of its bizarrely interesting characters weave a web of situational oddities that end up shedding light on our own reality.
Julia Eichten is a graduate of the Juilliard School and is a founding member of LA Dance Project, a collaborator of Gerard & Kelly and continues to freelance world wide. She is a proud founding member of AMOC* as a dancer and choreographer. She continues her daily practice of improvisation and video art and is pleased to have a premiere with collaborator Frances Chiaverini in Frankfurt later this year.
California native Lenin Fernandez, began dancing at the age of 18 at Mt. San Antonio College, and a year after also trained with Francisco Gella at Nuevo School of Contemporary Dance. 2013, he attended the American Dance Festival and performed in Twyla Tharp’s world premiere of Treefrog in Stonehenge in the closing festival concert. He has trained, and now assists The Gypsy Project: LA under dir. Erica Sobol, learning from artists from Batsheva, Lines, Forsythe, NDT, YC, and Kidd Pivot. Early 2016, he performed in in two full-length works with Rome based company Esklan Arts Factory, under Erika Silgoner. He has been working with Sonya Tayeh for 3 years, debuting in her world premiere You’ll Still Call Me By Name (2016), which he performed at Jacob’s Pillow in Aug 2018. He has additionally worked with her on the off-broadway musical The Lucky Ones, pre-production for Moulin Rouge: The Musical and on Rent Live! on Fox. In LA, he is company member with LA Contemporary Dance Company and Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, and has danced for LA based artists Teresa Barcelo, Kent Boyd, Sarah Elgart, Jillian Meyers, Erica Sobol, Becca Lemme, Jay Carlon, Chris Bordenave, Lara Wilson, Whyteberg.
Belle Jessen is a dancer, teaching artist and choreographer/movement director. She earned her B.F.A. in Dance at Point Park University and upon graduation, she spent a season apprenticing with Visceral Dance Chicago. Since relocating to Los Angeles, Belle has been dancing alongside artists Dua Lipa, Banks, Charli XCX, Troye Sivan, Katy Perry & Moby. She can also be seen in live and visual works by Erin Murray, Megan Lawson, Peter Chu and Sarah Elgart. This fall, Belle can be seen singing and dancing on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, choreographed by Mandy Moore this fall on NBC. Belle’s choreography has been presented at Links Hall (Chicago), Atheneum Theatre (Chicago), Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica), and set on companies Chicago Dance Crash, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Consuming Kinetics (St. Louis). She has recently worked alongside director Jacob Rosenberg as movement director for Kudeta, production group and record label of Young Guru and Voli Martung.
Long Island native Owen Scarlett is a performing artist, choreographer, photographer, videographer and visual designer growing roots in Los Angeles. He attended Point Park University for Jazz Dance/Arts Management but also explored other areas of art and design. He was a founding member of Visceral Dance Chicago, and performed with the company for four seasons. He’s created works for several companies such as DanceWorks Chicago, Dance in the Parks and Visceral Dance Chicago. Since moving to Los Angeles, he’s booked jobs on Disney’s Beauty and the Best Live, Mariah Carey’s AMA’s Performance and a Canon Camera Commercial. Beyond performing, he’s also been able to further his choreographic career. He was an Assistant Choreographer for Maks and Val’s Confidential Tour, Co-Choreographer for a Canon Commercial and created work for the Dancers Love Dogs Press Event directed by Ashleigh Wilson-Clarke and Sarah Hay. In 2015, he founded Owen Scarlett Productions, a design/film production company. This company has allowed numerous dancers to market themselves cost effectively. Since them he’s been able to create digital work for non-profits such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, BodyTraffic, Visceral Dance Chicago, Rivernorth Dance Chicago and The American Cancer Society.
Jinglin Liao is a choreographer, performer who is interested in telling stories through movements and creates tension both inside the body and between bodies. Inspired by animals’ alertness, her aim is to transform classical/traditional movements to individual body language together with a sense of danger. Using human instinct, impulse, emotions and voice to trigger movements is another way she experiments in her choreography. Her current works include, Something About Heads, Seek, Cross the river, Unstable Floor, Uncapturable (a collaboration between dance and painting with Ellody Wu), Cat’s cradle (a collaboration between dance, photography and music with Don Tinling and Timothy Johnson), Walking with disappeared (a site speciﬁc at Hauser & Wirth Somerset collaborating with Sichong Xie). She just graduated from Calarts Dance, MFA program in Choreography with minor in Integrated Media.
Annalee Traylor is a NYC based creator/choreographer and teaching artist. She is a high school graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and received her BFA from Point Park University. Her live work has been presented at venues in Los Angeles, NYC, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Rotterdam, Netherlands, and her films have been shown in Seattle, Brooklyn, Rome, Minnesota, and at the American Dance Festival. She has been commissioned by Periapsis Music and Dance, Texture Contemporary Ballet REED Dance I and II, Infra Dance Company of Carnegie Mellon, Point Park University’s International Summer Dance, and for Dance Canvas’ 10th Anniversary. Ms. Traylor was a Terra Nova Choreographic resident in Los Angeles and was also chosen for the Emerging Artist Residency with Periapsis Music and Dance. This fall, her work will be presented at the 38th Battery Dance Festival in NYC and at The Dance Gallery Festivals in both NYC and Texas.