Featuring excerpts from:
Off the Walls (2012) and Plastique (2011)
1. Off the Walls (2012) 2-minute excerpt from evening length work in three acts.
Two years in the making, "Off the Walls" is a large-scale multidisciplinary collaboration that premiered in multiple spaces of San Francisco's de Young Museum in September 2012. The iconic Aaron Douglas painting from the Harlem Renaissance, titled Aspiration (seen in the opening credits), inspires the work. I directed, choreographed, performed, and collaborated to create this original work in 3 acts, with live music, projected video, and aerial dance elements. This 2 minute clip begins with the transition from a video / text segment (including poetry by Langston Hughes) into a group work that envisages the central female figure in the painting as a modern-day manifestation of Harriet Tubman. As this figure continues to fly, she connects with individual dancers on the floor and carries them into the air. This new work was made possible by the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Composer Collaboration Award and the James Irvine Foundation Fellowship.
2. Plastique (2011) 2-minute excerpt from 18-minute ensemble piece.
Plastique is danced by the remaining residents of the great pacific garbage patch - the ever-growing mass of plastic pellets that is forming our new, indestructible island. Performed in 2011 at Diavolo in the Brewery, Los Angeles. Commissioned by Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, choreographed by Nehara Kalev, with original music by Eric Mason (in collaboration with Nehara) and additional music by Vast. This excerpt shows an experiment with slow-motion ensemble work, an example of my interest in altering perceptions of time.