April 16, 2014 – Participating Dance Companies
Title: excerpts of ” The Grass is Always Greener…”
Dancer/s: Lauren Ohmer and Anabella Lenzu
Choreographer: Anabella Lenzu
Brief description of the dance piece:
Immigration. Roots. Discrimination. Memory.
The Grass is Always Greener…” is a gripping, polemical piece of dance theater that hashes the personal, practical, and political struggles of immigrants to the United States. The piece moves in between the turn of the twentieth century, during the great waves of immigration at Ellis Island, and modern day. In a non-linear approach, the work weaves in scenes from our current conflict on US immigration policy, bringing the contemporary debate into sharp relief against historical, forgotten experiences.
Photo Credit: Todd Carroll
Music details: Bach and Astor Piazzolla
Facebook account: AnabellaLenzu
Twitter Account: AnabellaLenzu
Azul Dance Theatre/ Yuki Hasegawa
Dancer/s: Atsunori Hayamizu, Emi Ueda, and Kiori Kawai
Choreographer : Yuki Hasegawa
Brief description of the dance piece: Mugen is a narrative fusion dance that includes Japanese traditional sword fighting and American contemporary dance. The dancers wear traditional Japanese clothes, call Kimono, that presents cultural/ historical background of this dance.
Photo Credit: Steven Schreiber
Music Details: Uzu by Sanzaemon Takara, and Gionshouja by Yoshiko Sakata
Ballet International Africans
Title: Things Easier Forgotten
Dancer/s: Amina Heckstall, Lisa Washington, Amanda Jules, Jessica Jules, Kendra Craigg and Renee Bradley-Jinxs.
Choreographer: Amina Heckstall
Brief description: This piece is dedicated to those who are unseen. It is for the women I saw in Africa, who’s stories inspired this work. The ones who had their lives taken away from them because of a man’s lust for their flesh. However, even deeper, it is more of a reflection on society. Things Easier Forgotten, speaks of the horrors existing all around us that we try to ignore. In this case, a person is touched by something they see. So touched, are they by this, that they can’t help but respond to it. They try to reach out and understand, maybe even save a person – only to find that they are in a place where hope does not exist. Where it’s much easier to forget what you’ve seen and continue on with your life.
Photo Credit: Amina Heckstall/ photographer, Dancer is Amanda Jules
Music: “Hear My Call” – Jill Scott, and “Miyango” – Sweet Honey Of The Rock
Facebook account: www.facebook.com/awoiyamifemales
Twitter Account: www.twitter.com/Intl_Africans
Fenn & Company
Title: This Is Not About Her
Dancer/s: Molly Mingey, Paulette Lewis, Louise Eberle, Lindsey Mandolini, Hilary Anderson
Choreographer: Mary-Elizabeth Fenn
Description: “This Is Not About Her” is a theatrical dance performance piece. It is about five sisters and their mother- a large pink hat floating on top of a remote controlled hat. Each sister is introduced and commentated on by another sister. The characters range from a dominating spiritualist to a housewife who can’t find her husband to a space cadet with implants. The sisters fight and we see how each one fights for the spotlight, but in the end, only one prevails.
Costumes: Louella Powell, courtesy of UW-Milwaukee Department of Dance
Photo credit: UWM Dance Department
Music credit: Chaotic Calmness by Amanda Rose, Mir by Murcof
Text Credit: Nick Kotecki
Inclined Dance Project
Dancer/s: Amy Campbell, Christina Chelette, Chie
Mukai, Morgana Phlaum, and Jennifer Radcliffe
Choreographer: Kristen Klein
Brief description of the dance piece: Visually inspired by a piece
of graffiti art and propelled by original music by
composer/collaborator Frank Gilbertson, Marrow depicts a group of
figures struggling, exploring, and bonding with both inner and
Photo Credit: Andrew Mauney
Music: Original Composition by
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Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/inclineddp
Title: been thinking…
Dancer/s: Kyla Ernst-Alper
Choreographer: Kyla Ernst-Alper
Brief description of the dance piece:
The been thinking… series is a growing collection of dances that explore how we process life, love, and loss in this age of constant connection, over-documentation, and instant gratification. For some pieces I ask my audience to be a part of the creative process.
been thinking… (time wasted), is inspired by the time wasting experiment by Alyson Provax. The soundtrack is made up of audio recordings sent to me from friends and strangers, documenting wasted time, layered over a track composed for me by Austin Mitchell. I put out a call for people to share their wasted time with me on Twitter, my Tumblr, Facebook, and in an email. Examples of what I received include a rough recording of a song about a terrible relationship, “thinking of unreal things and missing the present”, “7 minutes drudging up and reliving old resentments”, and “unspecified time spent on porn”. The choreography is based on the wasted time that has been shared with me, as well as my own personal experiences.
been thinking… (not sleeping), an aerial hammock & dance solo, reflects the sleeplessness that my peers and I frequently experience. We are an overstimulated cohort, always plugged in and connected, constantly multi-tasking, endlessly juggling jobs and relationships, prone to insomnia and vivid dreams.
Photo Credit: video still
Music: “untitled (November)” – Austin Mitchell, with collected audio from various people; excerpt from “Say My Name Or Say Whatever” – How To Dress Well; “Been Thinking” – Shlohmo; excerpt from “Pyramids” – Frank Ocean
Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/kygwen
Twitter Account: @Kygwen
Dancer/s: Debra Bona, Katie Eshbach, Angela Gorman, Amanda Salituro
Choreographer: Mishi Castroverde
Photo Credit: Arthur Coopchik
Music: Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet
Your Website: www.mishiDance.com
Facebook account: facebook.com/mishiDance
Dancer/s: Arti Datta, Mala Desai, Preya Patel, Vaishali Chaudhuri
Choreographer: Group Choreography
Brief description: In this piece the different movements of Odissi, Kathak and Bharatnatyam are interwoven. In glorifying “Water”, we portray the great Samudra Manthan [Churning of the ocean] by the Devas [Gods] and the Asuras [Demons] to bring out the nectar from bottom of the ocean in their quest for immortality….the movements giving way to refreshing rains and beautiful peacocks dancing, followed by the incessant thunder and lightning that threatened the world. Lord Krishna comes to the rescue of the people in Govardhan Giri, lifting the mountain on his little finger making a shelter to protect them from the rains…..the importance of “water” is further narrated in our representation of the advent of Ganga to the earth from the heavens on the command of Lord Shiva to bring life to the dead.
Photo Credit: Gee Paily
Music: recorded piece by Bikram Ghosh
SHOT OF SCOTCH
Title: SWORD DANCE
Dancer/s: Kendra Monroe & Abigail Rosenberger
Choreographer: Kendra Monroe & Abigail Rosenberger
Brief description of the dance piece: A TRADITIONAL SWORD DANCE WITH 2 DANCERS
Photo Credit: K. Monroe
Music: TRADITIONAL BAGPIPES
Facebook account: www.facebook.com/shotofscotch
Dancer/s: Alexandra Gonzales and Mark Taylor
Choreographer: Frances Ortiz
Brief description of the dance piece:
Highlights the tensions between two friends who may soon become lovers.
Photo Credit: Lois Greenfield, dancers; Bafana Matea, Virginia Horne
Music: Ken Kirschner
Your Website: www.thomasortizdance.org
Your Facebook account: Thomas/Ortiz dance
Your Twitter Account: @ThomasOrtizDans