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FROM ESTONIA WITH LOVE
Motion at the Mill
Santa Cruz, CA
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FROM ESTONIA WITH LOVE
Join choreographer Cid Pearlman for an evening of intelligent and deeply embodied dancing. Santa Cruz is the first stop in a California tour, including events in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Santa Cruz performances are Thursday & Friday.

Cid Pearlman's This is what we do in winter, features dancers from Estonia and the United States, performing to an original score by Jonathan Segel. Starting as strangers  foreign bodies in the same room  this international collaboration reflects on the process of getting to know each other during the long dark Estonian winter. Pearlman's "intelligent, sensual choreography" (SF Bay Guardian, 2011) foregrounds the individuality of the performer. Estonian dance critic Tiit Tuumalu writes:

This is what we do in winter continue(s) to haunt me...the simplicity of its culmination, brightness, impressionistic mood, soft humor, unconstrained-ness and dynamics were in beautiful harmony with the music by Jonathan Segel. (Postimees, 2010)

how quickly these accidents is a first-time collaboration between Alexis Steeves (USA) & Rain Saukas (Estonia). As artists nurtured in different nations, cultures and movement styles, an essential aspect of this dance is the illumination of their own clichés and assumptions in both physical and dramatic contexts. In dedication to discovery the choreographers have allowed their aesthetic tendencies and preferences to be corrupted by the process. What began as an experiment in translation has become a game of serious play initiated between two naive yet driven characters. The narrative of the 'love duet' is neither avoided nor relied upon. As movement artists Steeves and Saukas believe that the fluctuations of the intellect and the body are inseparable. As our pigeon-aesthetic falters towards fluency we celebrate conflict as much as consensus and search for the barely graspable moments of becoming something new.

Tiina Mölder & Helen Reitsnik present the premiere of Facing Forest. We are going over the open field. In front of us you can see huge sea of moss  the bog. In the remote distance there emerge detached copses  islands in the middle of bog pool full of water. A single fox is skulking in the reeds, he yelps. And then a couple of elks: huge and somehow restless. It is as if they are talking to each other, nodding their heads, rubbing noses, and stomping with their feet, while exchanging views. An owl takes wing. An adder flashes through the thicket.

Tiina Mölder & Helen Reitsnik are doing together two things: dancing and hiking. Their dance piece gets inspiration from the forest, swamps and bogs, from walking in different tracks. They are dancing independently and separately in different dance projects, and together in the Estonian dance company "United dancers of ZUGA" (established 1999). Both of them graduated from the choreography department in Tallinn University. In the few last years they have also choreographed dance pieces for children. Facing Forest is drawn from the ZUGA's performance Old Buddies (2010)

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Motion at the Mill (View)
131 Front Street Suite E
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
United States


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Arts > Dance

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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