Dancers Daria Kaufman, Bianca Brzezinski, and musician/composer Richard Warp present their own evening of original dance theater, improvisation, and live music at the Garage. The event features several cross-disciplinary works including the highly-acclaimed ARTI ULATE, which won the award for Best Female Duet from BayAreaDanceWatch in 2012, as well as individual works by Ms. Brzezinski, Ms. Kaufman, and special guest Peiling Kao.
Each piece in Crosscurrent breaks ground in terms of cross-disciplinary collaboration and performance. "ARTI ULATE," a dance theater piece incorporating improvisation and interactive sound technology, unravels communication barriers while the artists struggle to convey their inner worlds within the limits of conventional language. Dancers Daria Kaufman and Bianca Brzezinski interact through movement, speech, and text, while musician/composer Richard Warp acts as accompaniment and intruder, amplifying and underscoring their charged dynamic.
Bianca Brzezinski also performs two solo, structured improvisations accompanied by live music. The first, "Non-self," explores Anatta, the Buddhist term for 'not-self.' Inspired by mountains as symbols of eternity and stillness, the piece examines the state of impermanence, death as transformation, and the consciousness that dwells within all beings, with accompaniment by Richard Warp on prepared piano. Ms. Brzezinski goes on to unveil notions of feminism in "Take off your coat, love," inspired by the writings of Michael Cunningham and Virginia Wolf, with accompaniment by musician Maria Quiles.
Daria Kaufman reprises "Product," her solo take on an instructional marketing session gone awry, which recently premiered to high acclaim at the Mills College Dance Alumni Concert. Lastly, special guest Peiling Kao performs a contact improvisational duet with Rajendra Serber, accompanied by musician Jordan Glenn - an excerpt from her recent sold-out, evening-length work, "Imprint."
Bianca Brzezinski is a choreographer, dancer, and arts educator in the Bay Area. She received her B.A. in Dance from Mills College, where she was awarded the Dance Innovator Award. Bianca founded Opal Street Dance Improvisation Theatre in 2010, using structured improvisation and authentic movement to inform her work about the nature of consciousness. Her work is influenced by her background in psycho-somatic practice, spirituality and cultural diversity. She has worked with choreographers Sonya Delwaide, Yukie Fujimoto, Shinichi Iova Koga, Trisha Brown, Richard Siegal and Sean Curran. Her repertoire concentrates on emotive, meditative movement and the translation of vibration into universal stories. She has performed around the Bay Area, France and Poland.
When Bianca first began teaching, a student asked her why she wanted to be a teacher. She answered, "because I see myself through you." The power of becoming resides in a positively charged core. (www.biancabrzezinski.blogspot.com)
Dancer/choreographer Daria Kaufman has a history of interdisciplinary collaboration, spanning genres that include contemporary dance, improvisation, dance theater, film, and sound design. Since 2008, her work has been presented at ODC Theater (Pilot Program 56), NOHspace (Sound is the Movement), the Subterranean Arthouse (Artist-in-Residency), Mills College, Shotwell Studios, and on KQED Spark. Her dance film Forge recently premiered at Temescal Arts Center as part of GROUND Series. In 2009, Daria co-founded the interdisciplinary performance collective Suki Tawdry, which has performed at the de Young Museum, YBCA, Climate Theater (Pow! Pow! Action Art Festival), and SPACE Gallery. Daria has collaborated with the Berlin-based performance collective Stratofyzika, and in the Bay Area she has danced for Erin Malley, Aura Fischbeck, Amy Lewis, and Jose Navarrete. In 2012, Daria was awarded Best Female Duet from BayAreaDanceWatch with Bianca Brzezinski for ARTI ULATE. She is a recipient of the Zellerbach Family Foundation Grant and holds a MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Mills College.
Richard Warp is an award-winning composer of contemporary music based in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a body of work ranging from traditional chamber ensembles to conceptual pieces using interactive electronics, field recording, tape and scientific instruments, his broad exposure has given voice to a unique aesthetic that belies his roots in both classical and contemporary styles. He received his Masters in Music Composition in 2006 from Goldsmiths College, University of London, studying with Michael Young, John Drever and Mick Grierson, where he created works involving 8-channel surround sound and interactive sonic art installations using Max/MSP and Jitter. He has written over twenty instrumental works since settling in the US, ranging in scope from solo performance to large ensembles, many of which have been performed. He has been fortunate enough to compose for some of the finest musicians in the country, including the Del Sol String Quartet, Citywinds, Sqwonk, Stas Venglevski, the Cecilia Quartet and members of the Bang On A Can collective.
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