Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Choreography Showcase this Saturday at the ICA/Boston by Kelley Donovan

I’ve been out in Concord most of this month developing a new piece and learning lots of new things, I have created a multimedia project with video artist John Slepian.  We will perform the work in a Choreographers’ Project Showcase, Featuring New Work by Edisa Weeks and Choreography Fellows, Kelley Donovan, Adele Meyers, and Tennille Lambert on Saturday, 07/30/2011 at 03:30pm Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater at the ICA/Boston.

A showcase of new work developed by Choreographers’ Project fellows--myself, Adele Meyers and Tennille Lambert--and featuring an original piece by Edisa Weeks, performed by Summer Stages Workshop participants. 30 amazing dancers!

Here is a clip of a bit of rehearsal from Saturday:

I’ve been able to work with 8 talented dancers in the program as well as Laura Murphy and Nordica Houlton who have been a big help to develop this piece. I hope you can come see the final product. The dancers create the sound score for the piece as they move!   via John’s video technology.  Earlier David Parker will perform at noon which is free family event see info below:

John has been great to work with!  here is a bit more about him:
John Slepian’s artwork has been shown at P.S.1/MoMA and Hunter College Art Galleries in New York, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, Axiom Gallery and the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston, and elsewhere in U.S and Canada . He exhibits with the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco. In 2002, he received the New Langton Arts Bay Area Award. He was a resident in the P.S.1 National Studio Program in 2002-2003, and in 2005-2006 was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in Computer Arts. Slepian is an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology at Hampshire and Smith Colleges in Western Massachusetts. www.johnslep.net

Our mentors, Richard Colton, David Parker and Danny McCusker have been great, visiting rehearsals often and giveing us advise at every stage of the development of the pieces. David Parker & The Bang Group Backward and in Heels Saturday July 30, 12 p Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, ICA/Boston Free tickets will be available on the day of the event only. Space is limited; first come, first served. Co-presented with the ICA as part of their monthly Family Programs.
“[The] Bang Group is a dance company dedicated above all things to the sheer joy of dancing. With witty allusions to everything from Swan Lake to A Chorus Line…everyone up there is revelling in the sheer fun of movement, and that joy is irresistible.” – theatreguide.london A suite of dances displaying The Bang Group’s trademark rhythm and humor. Choreographer David Parker and his dancers will open up their process and show how they build humor out of rhythm and predicament using Velcro costumes, bubble-wrap, Chinese take-out, elbow grease, their voices and their own eight feet. A touchstone for the performance will be Slapstuck, Parker’s award-winning dance for two men in Velcro costumes which has earned an iconic place in The Bang Group’s repertory and will be danced by its original cast: Parker and Jeffrey Kazin. There will be, in addition to the performances from repertory, an interactive exploration of the company’s improvisational work, wide-ranging use of percussive dance forms and how they generate kinetic wit.

It should be a fun day all around!  Hope you can join us!

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