New Works: Scott Lyons and RAKIA!/Rakia Seaborn
Armed with a suitcase of Disney princesses- Scott Lyons creates a unique fusion of Burlesque, Cabaret, Dance, Puppetry, and Performance Art- thats illegal in over 5 countries!
This isnt dance. This is a party.and youre invited.
Glossylips that smile and sneer. Post-Adolescent bodies stunned into stillness; stuffed like sausages, into Pretty n Pink disasters.
Tumbling in and out of character at a raucous Sweet 16 party, this piece starts, stops and regroups through a movement score based in childhood games, cheerleaders, 1960's Americana and MTV. Amidst themes of hyper-femininity, burgeoning sexuality and the conflict that arises when the child in us meets the adult we will become, this is a quantum vacuum where each performer is every girl, past and present, at 16.
Comprised of four movments (F*** Jealous B******, Keep Away, SapphicMoments/Crush Me, The Cheese Stands Alone), Suite 16 features the music of Manitoba, Wynton Marsalis, SkeletonBreath and a few cleverly placed balloon pops.
Scott Lyons- performance artist, dancer, choreographer, rapper, cardiologist, and professional exaterator has had the pleasure to perform through out the United States with his iridescent dark humor and mischief. In addition to making his own dance- theater works, he has had the pleasure of working with Keigwin and Company, Wendy Blum, Daisy Spurs, Murray Hill, Despina Stamos, Two-Headed Calf, and Abel Costa.
Scott has created over twenty original works that have been performed throughout the United States.
In NY, Scott's work has been show at Symphony Space, Dixion Place, Judson Church, Waterside Dace Festival, Fredrick Lowe Theater, Dance New Amsterdam, among other venues.
When not creating or performing, Scott has a private practice as a Body-Mind Centering/ Movement Therapist ( www.EmbodyArts.com) . He has taught both nationally and internationally, and has been a feature presenter at various somatic conferences. Scott is currently an adjunct professor at New York Universities Tisch School of the Arts.
RAKIA! is a collective of movers and shakers committed to making over-the-top, character-driven dance work, based in everyday American archetypes. Using humor, hyper-femininity and beautiful bodies commanding time and space, the goal of their work is to peel back the layers of the seemingly ridiculous to reveal the humanity in all of us. Spearheaded by choreographer and dancer, Rakia Seaborn, Suite 16 brings to the stage Tyler Ashley, Chelsea Rodriguez and Kendra Ross.
A native of Detroit, MI, Rakia Seaborn, graduated from Oberlin College in 2007, earning a Bachelors of Art in Dance with a concentration in Choreography. Rakia has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Martha Bowers & Dance Theatre Etc., the fabulous Dazzle Dancers, P.M.M.D.C. and SLAMNasty. Her choreographic work has appeared at Dixon Place as part of the Moving Men series,The Club at La Mama, etc., and The St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland, ME. A recent New York City transplant, Rakia has also won the title of Miss Galapogos in the competitive world of amateur burlesque. Ever the optimist, she looks forward to future collaborations and artistic adventures.
A Canton, NY native, Tyler Ashley graduated from Emerson College in 2007 with a degree in Marketing Communication and two minors in Dance and Photography. Currently, he manages Destination Chelsea, a 22 member non-profit coalition, as well as teaches KidAction at the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics (STREB at S.L.A.M.). Tyler is working on a performance piece about dreams. Don't worry, he'll definitely invite you all to it's premiere.
This past December, Chelsea Rodriguez graduated with her BFA Summa Cum Laude from Florida State University. She has had the pleasure to work with artists such as Lynda Davis, Jawole Zollar, Wallie Wolfgruber, and Gerri Houlihan. Her recent work has included a dance film with choreographer/filmmaker Ben Dolphin as well as an evening-length concert with Cristina Jasen and Sawtooth Dancers. This will be her first performance with RAKIA!. It has been a pleasure and she looks forward to future projects.
Kendra Ross landed on planet NYC from Detroit, MI with a space suit of passion and Afro-Cuban dance. She went through the Ailey/Fordham University BFA vortex to land with an apprenticeship with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, the apprentice company UB2 of Urban Bush Women, Genesis Dance Company, and Andrea E. Woods/Souloworks. Throughout her journey Kendra has made contact with choreographers such as Nathan
Trice, Sean Curran, Alvin Ailey, Cristal Brown, and Kyle Abraham. Kendra Would like to give praise to the sun, the center of my universe and those special beings who created the vessel of my body through which she works.
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