Water City, Berkeley Live Concert and Screening is a poetic, and enchanting dual screen film directed and produced by Kim Anno that is interactive with live musicians, sfSoundGroup, and the Berkeley chamber ensemble. The film pictures young people competing, running, bashing, dancing, and performing in a watery landscape of the San Francisco Bay. Haunting performances by musicians Dan Carbone, Andrew Goldfarb and the Kingdom of Not Band in a set on the Oakland Estuary affectionately called the Tea House , a legendary communal spot for artists, writers, and musicians since the 1960's. The overall film score and live show is co-created by composer and sound artist, David Coll, with the groundbreaking choreography by KT Nelson of the Oberlin Dance Company. Dancers, Jose Navarrete and Debby Kajiyama also offer unique and passionate intensity in the choreography of their dramatic performances. An uncommon picture of post sea level rise society with the reinvention of water sports and a renewed vigor of leisure time, musicians and dancers maintain an aesthetic, rebellious and intellectual life in the shadow of the coming disaster of climate change. The film has been altered to allow the call and response of a live performance of sf Sound Group, and a live Greek chorus. Water City, Berkeley is part of the rebirth of live performers and film, a world-wide cultural phenomena picking up a new head of steam.
The evening also includes a Silent Auction, featuring Kim Anno's photographs and original work by other artists.
Kim Anno, director and producer
Born in Los Angeles, Kim Anno is a painter, and filmmaker whose work has been collected by museums nationally and shown and screened internationally, including a solo exhibition at the Goethe Institute, Johannesburg, a screening at the Asian Art Museum, Pat Sweetow Gallery, in San Francisco, screening and exhibiting at Site Sante Fe Museum, USC, Brooklyn Museum, Durban Municipal Gallery, South Africa, Sky Dive Gallery, Houston, Berkeley Art Museum, Hyde Collection, Sue Scott Gallery, NY, DC Dusseldorf, Miami Projects Expo, Varnosi Museum, Hungary, including Monumental screening at Flux Projects, and Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta among others. Recipient of the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Purchase Award for SFMOMA, and Honolulu Academy of Art and the Eureka Foundation's Fleishhaker Fellowship, and the Zellerbach Foundation and Open Circle Foundation Fellowship in support of her new Water City Berkeley Project. Her recent interests and expertise has been in the intersection of art and science, particularly in aesthetic issues surrounding climate change. Anno is also in production of a limited edition artists' book, Albertine's Workout at St. Ben's literary press, with poet, Anne Carson. Kim Anno is a professor at the California College of the Arts.
David Coll, composer David Coll is a composer and sound artist working in various disciplines, from concert hall to theatre and dance to interactive installations. He has studied at the University of Illinois, IRCAM in Paris (Cursus and Cursus 2), and at the University of California-Berkeley, receiving his Ph.D. in December 2010. His work is gaining exposure both in the US and abroad with performances at festivals such as the World Music Days/Gaida Festival, Gaudeamus Music Week (2005 and 2009), Voix Nouvelles (Abbaye de Royaumont), the Spark Festival, the Tzlil Meudcan Festival, the MATA Festival (2012), Milano Musica (2013) as well as with collaborations with musicians such as cellist Severine Ballon, soprano Donatienne Michel-Dansac, baritone Lionel Peintre, and pianist Sebastian Berweck.
KT Nelson, choreographer
KT Nelson, Co-Artistic Director of ODC/Dance, joined ODC in 1976 while attending Oberlin College. She danced with the company from 1976 to 1997. Since 1976, Nelson has choreographed more than 60 works as well as constructing sounds scores for dance. Nelson has been awarded the Isadora Duncan award (San Francisco's highest dance awards, known locally as the Izzies) three times: in 1987 for Outstanding Performance, in 1996 for Outstanding Choreography, and in 2001 for Sustained Achievement.KT's collaborators have included Bobby McFerrin, Geoff Hoyle, Shinichi Iova-Koga, Zap Mama, Kim Turos and Marcelo Zarvos. In 2008 her work RingRounRozi in collaboration with composer Linda Bouchard was selected to be performed at the Tanzmessa International Dance Festival. In 2012 she was selected for Western Michigan University Great Works Project. She has been a guest choreographer for at Eureka Theater, Diablo Ballet, Ballet Met, California Shakespeare Festival, Maximum Dance and Ballet Austin.
Matt Ingalls, SF Sound, musician
Reviled for his "shapeless sonic tinkering" by the Los Angeles Times, oakland musician matt ingalls is a composer, clarinetist, concert producer, and computer music programmer. Often incorporating elements of improvisation, his music is heavily influenced by his long involvement in computer music. His composerly solo improvisations explore extended clarinet techniques that interact with the acoustic space, often as combination tones. Matt is the founder and co-director of sfSound, a new music series, ensemble, and internet radio station devoted to new ideas and traditions of experimental music, performance art, live electronic music, Bay Area composition, and the various facets of contemporary improvisation.
Dan Carbone, musician Dan has been active in San Francisco Bay Area theatre since 1995 as a both a playwright and performer. In 2010, his Dark Room Series in San Francisco was named "Best Indefinable Night in a Theater" by the SF Guardian. His most recent work is as a surrealist story telling musician and singer in his band Kingdom of Not.
A recent Solo Performance piece, Kingdom of Not, premiered at the San Francisco Fringe Festival where it won "Best Dramatic Solo," and had its New York City debut in a run at the Cherry Lane Theatre where it was nominated for a 2007 New York City "IT" (Innovative Theatre) Award for "Outstanding Solo Performance." Previous theatre pieces include Up From the Ground, "(Best of the San Francisco Fringe" an "SF Bay Guardian Goldie Award," two "Rosenstein Upstage/Downstage Awards" and a "Bay Area Theatre Critics' Circle Award" nomination for "Best Solo Performance.") Salvador Dali Talks to the Animals (three SF Bay Guardian Upstage/Downstage Awards, Backstage West "Garland Award" nomination), The Pilgrim Project (Bay Area Theatre Critics' Circle Award for "Best Original Script") An Impersonation of Angels, and There Be Monsters!
Jose Navarrete,dancer José Navarrete is a native of México City. He studied theater at the National Actors Association's Institute Soler and dance at the National Institute of Fine Arts in México. José's choreographic work has been presented by the Bay Area Dance Series, the San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Dance Festival, Summerfest, Theater Artaud, ODC Theater, and Dance Mission Theater. He has also received two nominations for the Isadora Duncan award in choreography and performance. In 2004, he was awarded a Bessie Schönberg Choreographers residency at The Yard and a Djerassi Resident Artist Program fellowship. He has a B.A. in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, and an MFA in Dance from Mills College. Navarrete choreographs and performs as part of Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Company and also teaches dance to youth in YBCA's Young Artists at Work program. http://www.nkdancetheater.com
Debby Kajiyama is a San Francisco Bay Area native, and has been performing there since 1994. She has performed with Dandelion Dancetheater, June Watanabe in Company, ZACCHO Dance Theater, and the Dance Brigade, and Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble. Debby's interests lie in the intersection of performance, cultural studies, and social change. She is a member of TsukimiKai, an intergenerational group of primarily Japanese American artists, activists, and scholars. In 2005, she traveled with TsukimiKai to Cuba to share Obon Festival folk dances and music, and to conduct oral histories of the Japanese Diaspora in Cuba. Five years ago, she founded the Art and Social Activism component of the Annual Human Rights Summit at San Francisco State University. In 2009, she was the recipient of a Djerassi Resident Artists Program residency and a Silicon Valley Community Foundation fellowship. In 2010, Debby is proud to have helped create the video "Fredi's Fourth of July," for www.crossbay.net, which tells the story of a Salvadoran immigrant family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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