THE EPISODES - A Performance Event by Brontez Purnell
Public • By THEOFFCENTER
March 7 at 8:00pm until March 16 at 11:00pm in PST
THE EPISODES - A performance event by Brontez Purnell
with Anthony R. Lucas and Sophia Wang
March 7th, 8th,9th, 14th,15th,16th - 8:00 pm
@ The Garage - 715 Bryant, San Francisco CA 94103
Tickets $15-$20 sliding scale – eventbrite.com
for more info visit theoffcenter.org or 715bryant.org
The Episodes is a movement research/ performance experiment led by Brontez Purnell. The piece is interested in calling on the narration of the everyday chores as sacred and also the dichotomy of feelings in real time vs. the outward image we portray for protection. Does an enhanced sense of personal attractiveness really get us off the hook? Are we fooling anybody with this? Are we fooling nobody? The dancers aim to create a silent dialoge with the audience via eye contact and breathing to regulate the exchange or put simply this performance notices that its being noticed. Wink. The ultimate goal of the experience is to blur, destroy, (and most importantly) recreate the sacred repetitiveness of the everyday ritual of being human.
UPDATE: A special showing of FREE JAZZ, an 8mm B&W Film Compilation of various Dance Parties, Structured Improvs, Rituals, and Happenings put on by the Brontez Purnell Dance Company.
About the Artists
Brontez Purnell is a Bay Area based writer, dancer, and musician. He's been featured in the Out Magazine's Hot List and the New York Times. He is the creator of the Post-Queer Core zine Fag School and is currently working on his first novella. Founder and creative head of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company, which debuted its first body of dance work, Whenever I Get Off the Floor I'm A Total Fucking Hurricane, at Berkeley Art Museum, Purnell is currently wrapping up production on his first dance film titled Free Jazz. He has toured the US and Europe with his former band Gravy Train!!!! and his surrent musical project The Younger Lovers. He is currently studying Theatre and Contemporary Dance at Cal State East Bay.
Anthony R. Lucas - In his own words, "I used to think I danced for myself until I realized that what moves through me, through artist, does not in fact belong to me/us. It belongs to the person in the audience that needs/understands/wants what can't be put into words. I dance for that person."
Anthony is from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He has trained with the Pennsylvania Ballet Guild, Repertory Dance Theater (Nazareth, Pennsylvania), Pennsylvania Youth Theater, the New School's Eugene Lang College, the Joffrey Ballet School (NYC), and the Lines Ballet School.
Sophia Wang and Brontez Purnell began collaborating as dancers and choreographers in 2010. With the Brontez Purnell Dance Company, they have performed at the Berkeley Art Museum, SOMArts, and LoBot Gallery, where they presented their first collaboratively choreographed work, "This is How We Walk." Their second collaboration, an untitled, site-specific work, was presented at ATA in May 2012, and they are currently developing a piece which will performed at the Berkeley Art Museum in May 2013. Sophia has also performed with U.C. Berkeley's Berkeley Dance Project (2011) and is currently interpreting a constructed situation by Tino Sehgal for the Berkeley Art Museum. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature, from U.C. Berkeley specializing in postwar and contemporary experimental American poetry.
THE EPISODES - A Performance Event by Brontez Purnell is presented by THEOFFCENTER's FOLDING THE FOLD - a one month residency across the Bay Area.
The EPISODES will be part of a larger group show at OAKLAND TEMESCAL ART CENTER on MARCH 23th and 24th. Please look for updates on that and more here.
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