POR.TRAI.TURE, noun 1. The art or instance of making portraits 2. Portraits considered as a group 3 A verbal picture
Solo Artist Lindsey Renee Derry Premieres POR.TRAI.TURE With Choreography by Internationally Acclaimed Artists José Navas (Montréal), Sidra Bell (New York), Alex Ketley (San Francisco), and Iratxe Ansa (Barcelona)
On Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th at 8PM at KUNST-STOFF Arts in San Francisco, L i n s d a n s, the platform for Lindsey Renee Derry's solo work, will present POR.TRAI.TURE, an evening-length solo show comprising of new choreography by Derry and internationally acclaimed guest artists José Navas, Sidra Bell, Alex Ketley, and Iratxe Ansa as well as video design by Erin Malley. These choreographers who hail from Montréal, New York, San Francisco, and Barcelona reveal a multi-dimensional perspective on Derry through their custom-made solos.
Navas, who for the past two years was Resident Choreographer at Ballet BC and who is presently being commissioned for a new work at the National Ballet of Canada, originally made Movimiento 1 for Derry in 2005. Seven years later and after numerous European tours with José Navas/Compagnie Flak, Derry returns to this elegant and meditative solo that explores pure movement and space. Bell, Artistic Director of Sidra Bell Dance New York, was the recipient of the 1st Place Award in Choreography at the 15th Internationales Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany (2011). Most recently she was commissioned for a feature film TESTdirected by Chris Mason Johnson (Ballet Frankfurt/White Oak Project) and shot on location in San Francisco (release date-2013). Discordance, a highly articulate, sensual, and provocative work that fully embodies Bell's elaborate movement vocabulary, was completed over the course of a year. Ketley who has received the national Choo-San Goh Award and the inaugural Princess Grace Award for Choreography among numerous Isadora Duncan Awards, is finishing a creative process with Derry on a new work titled LRD-1 this September. Ansa, formerly with Nacho Duato's Compania Nacional de la Danza, Lyon Opera Ballet, and the Nederlands Dans Theatre, set existing work The R Corner, a dramatic solo where time plays the antagonist, on Derry this past spring. Derry, a recent alumni of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and a New York Foundation of the Arts' Thayer Fellow (2006), has created Poystyrene, written text, and has collaborated with local video designer Erin Malley on projection. Polystyrene, a playful and sensation driven work, was awarded the sjDANCEco. Award for best choreography at the ChoreoProject Awards Concert (2013). Presently, Derry is a Contributing Artist at Yannis Adoniou's KUNST-STOFF Dance Company and is receiving ongoing support from the KUNST-STOFF Arts space for the development and production of POR.TRAI.TURE. L i n s d a n s, a fiscally sponsored project of Dancers' Group, is the platform on which these six artists, locally and internationally based, have come together.
In the fifty-minutes that Derry journeys through a shifting landscape of complex movement languages and unpredictable electronic music, a collection of moving portraits emerge. In them, a multi-faceted artist is revealed. Reaching many energetic and emotional extremes, from the cool and meditative to the fiery and explosive, Derry fearlessly exhibits her many sides. Text and video projection serve as the connective tissue that links one solo to the next. In these human inspired tableaus, the viewer sits intimately with a side of Derry that is both delicately venerable and highly personal.
ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHERS: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
LINDSEY RENEE DERRY is a graduate of Purchase College Conservatory of Dance with a BFA in Dance Performancesumma cum laudeand a Certificate in Arts Management. While a student, Derry was selected to attend Technos International Week in Japan as a fully funded guest of the Tanaka Foundation. She is the recipient of the 2006 Thayer Fellowship, a prestigious award given by the New York Foundation of the Arts to outstanding SUNY graduates.
As a performing artist Derry has had numerous touring opportunities, taking her thus far to thirteen countries spanning North America, Europe, and Asia. In New York City she has worked with RIOULT (Pascal Rioult), Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, TAKE Dance (Takehiro Ueyama), and CorbinDances (Patrick Corbin). For five years now, Derry has spent several months out of the year working with José Navas/Compagnie Flak in Montréal. Highlights include performances at the Guggenheim Museum in Spain, the new Oslo Opera House in Norway, and the MODAFE festival in Seoul, South Korea. Presently based in San Francisco, Derry is a Contributing Artist with Yannis Adoniou's KUNST-STOFF Dance Company.
In 2012 Derry launched Linsdans to serve as the platform for her solo work both choreographed by herself and guest artists (www.linsdans.org). Most recently, she was selected as a resident artist for the Djerassi Resident Artists Program where she resided and created for one month this summer. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Born in Venezuela in 1965, JOSÉ NAVAS has proven himself a talented and charismatic soloist and has created many audacious and striking solo and group pieces. The creator of more than 30 works as an independent choreographer and as the artistic director of Compagnie Flak (Montréal), he now focuses his artistic research on the essence and purity of movement.
Navas began his choreographic career in 1991 in Caracas and continued it in New York at the Merce Cunningham studio. During that period, he collaborated with William Douglas, Stephen Petronio, Michael Clark, Lucinda Childs and other independent choreographers. His first group creations were characterized by assertive sensuality, bold statements and unexpected universes. These pieces included an element of theatricality that is reflected today in his solo work.
In 1995, he founded Compagnie Flak, resulting in more than 500 performances in 25 countries over 18 years. His creations such as Portable Dances (2005), Anatomies (2006), S (2008) and Diptych (2011) reflect his architectural sense of composition while the solos in Miniatures (2008) and Personæ (2011) arouse feelings of a more visceral nature. Sterile Fields (1996), One Night Only 3/3 (1998), Perfume de Gardenias (2000), Solo with Cello (2001) and Adela, mi amor (2004) represent landmarks on his choreographic journey.
As resident choreographer of Ballet BC from 2010 to 2013, Navas successfully delivered his first works on pointe, most notably the critically acclaimed Bliss and an iconoclastic version of Giselle.He is currently preparing a new commission for the National Ballet of Canada, to be premiered in November 2013. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
SIDRA BELL, Artistic Director of Sidra Bell Dance New York, is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia), was Adjunct Professor at Barnard College (Columbia University), and has a degree in history from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. She has been awarded a 1st Place Award from Choreography for "Grief Point." from the 15th Internationales Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart Germany (2011). Her critically acclaimed company and work has been seen throughout the US and internationally in Denmark, France, Austria, Germany, China, Canada, Aruba, Korea, Brazil and Greece. The company was lauded in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's 2010 Best in Dance for ReVUE and in the Year in Review 2012 in ArtsATL notable performances for Nudity. Bell has received many commissions for new work from internationally renowned companies and institutions around the world. She has worked with break dancers to ballet dancers and everything in between. Most recently she was commissioned for a feature film TESTdirected by Chris Mason Johnson (Ballet Frankfurt/White Oak Project) and shot on location in San Francisco (release date-2013).She is a sought after master teacher and was featured in Dance Magazine (2012). She has taught her unique practice of movement, improvisation, and technique entitled Contemporary Systems-an interior & material approach at major institutions for dance and theater throughout Canada, Europe, South America, and the United States. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
ALEX KETLEY is an independent choreographer and the director of The Foundry, a contemporary dance company based in San Francisco. He has been an artist-In-residence at many of the country's leading art institutions and the The Foundry has received extensive support for its various projects. As an independent artist, he has created new work for companies and universities throughout the United States and has received acknowledgement for this work through the National Choo-San Goh Award, the inaugural Princess Grace Award for Choreography, the BNC National Choreographic Competition, the National Eben Demarest Award, three CHIME Fellowships, two Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography Residencies, as well as awards from the Hubbard Street 2 National Choreographic Competition and the International Choreographic Competition of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Saveaur. In addition to his direction of The Foundry and his independent projects, in 2004 he helped create The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, an organization where he still serves as an advisor, teacher, and the Resident Choreographer. He is also a lecturer for Stanford University's Department of Theater and Performance Studies. For more information visit: www.alexketley.com _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Born in San Sebastian, Spain, IRATXE ANSA graduated from the Conservatorio Superior de Musica in San Sebastian, continuing her studies and graduating from the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart. Since 1993, Ansa has been dancing with companies such as Basel Ballet, Ballet Gulbelkian, Compania Nacional de la Danza with Nacho Duato, Lyon Opera Ballet under Yorgos Loukos and most recently with the Nederlands Dans Theatre under the direction of Anders Hellstrom. Throughout her career, she has worked with choreographers like Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Medhi Walerski, Johan Inger, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, Nils Christe, Patrick de Bana, among others. As a choreographer, Ansa has staged her own work and created pieces for Lyon Opera Ballet and other companies alike inEurope andthe United States.Upon leaving NDT in 2009, Ansa has been a freelance dance artist, choreographer, and teacher giving workshops and making new works in both the US and in Europe. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
ERIN MALLEY first studied video design in 2009 with Mark Coniglio, the creator of the Isadora platform. Fascinated by the creative potential of combining interactive video design with dance, she began creating video designs for her own work:Alsomitra(2010) at The Garage,Hotel in aBottle(2011) at CounterPULSE, andTroika Above the Well(in progress) at the ODC Theater.Since 2011, Malley has been under the mentorship of Ian Winters. In 2013, she was selected for the ODC Pilot program (focusing on dance for camera) under the mentorship of Cari Ann Shim Sham*. Most recently, Erin served as co-designer for Mary Armentrout's Reveries and Elegies(2012-13), and continues her process with Lindsey Renee Derry on this upcoming solo show, POR.TRAI.TURE.Sheis eager to continue her video design work in the Bay Area, bringing her choreographic sensibility into her design practice for others' artistic projects.
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