Of Her Rib
"This is the pendulum that has swung so far from the earth's core that now it echoes in gibberish for it's native tongue. Is it insanity or just a bad American dream that we can't seem to wake up from and the alarm clock has a snooze button." - Of Her Rib
Embodiment Project presents its latest hip-hop dance-drama, Of Her Rib. A show that has been in development for the past year and a half, the highly anticipated Of Her Rib questions our nation's current climate of passivity and its seeming acceptance of the destruction of mother earth and repression of feminine strength. As more and more people are living in fear and isolation, detached from community and a sense of unity, more and more are also experiencing a personal a split between their heart and sex organs. Of Her Rib examines the repercussions of this disconnect for both women and men, looking at the embodiment of oppression from an ecofeminist perspective.
"Dear Evolution, we have come from homo-habilis, to homo-sapian, to homo-phobic and racist and we are moving further away from home. Thank god I have kept my thumb so I can hitch hike back into the parts of self that have grown numb." - Of Her Rib
A relatively young company, Embodiment Project's notoriety in the Bay Area is quickly growing, fast becoming known for the poetic and poignant way it incorporates modern dance, house, spoken-word, humor and song to express both personal and political narratives. As part of a new generation of artists that work in urban dance forms, artistic director Nicole Klaymoon has been applauded for her nuanced comic timing, biting social commentary, and ability to bridge what has been the long-standing divide between modern and street dance.
Of Her Rib asks the audience to examine their own preconceptions surrounding race, class, gender and the environment, playing with preconceived notions 'high art' vs 'ghettoized art' as well as the 'masculine' vs 'feminine.' The dancers move seamlessly from lofting into échappés, with both male and female dancers performing the hyper-masculine popping and the uber-dramatic and feminine waaking (originally performed in the African-American gay communities).
The hauntingly beautiful score is provided by the live vocals of Jazz singer songwriter, Valerie Troutt.
The nights open with special guest performances by the highly celebrated LA-based funk/hip-hop band, The Elevaters (Fri-Sat) and Bay Area hip-hop dance company, Mix'd Ingrdnts (Fri-Sun).
Show runs June 3-5 at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco (all shows at 8 pm). Tickets are $7-$28 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com. More information is available at www.embodimentproject.org and www.dancemission.com.
Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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