Dance Up Close/East Bay presents Empty Spaces, an evening of original dance by Rogelio Lopez at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley, March 27-29, 2015.
Empty Spaces is an exploration of memories that lay dormant inside of us - the faint, painful, lovely, scary, lonely and sacred reminiscences discarded in darkness. Empty Spaces is an act of resurfacing these memories and bringing them into the mists of light.
Empty Spaces is set inside Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, a former residence transformed into a space for dance in 1967. With its home-like quality, Shawl-Anderson provides the perfect space for this eerie and intimate evening of dance. Audiences will wander into the space and roam throughout the pre-show installation. When the show begins, audiences will be seated in each of the four studios at Shawl-Anderson in groups of no more than 15. The cast of twelve dancers will move from room to room as they perform various sections of the piece, resulting in four slightly different shows happening simultaneously. NOTE: If you would like to be seated in a particular room, please arrive to the box office 30 minutes before curtain.
Choreography, lighting and costumes are by Rogelio Lopez with performances by Tanya Chianese, Sarah Genta, Leah Hendrix-Smith, Abigail Hosein, Rebecca Johnson, Erin Kohout, Katie Kruger, Jeni Leary, Laura Marlin, Andrew Merrell, Mo Miner, Chantal Sampogna, and Shaunna Vella.
Rogelio Lopez is a multi-talented artist who choreographs, creates and constructs intricate costumes and is also an active scenic and lighting designer. He is a full-time professor in Dance and Technical Theater at Saint Mary's College in Orinda. Empty Spaces is his first full-evening length concert in the role of choreographer. As a performer, Rogelio has had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as David Dorfman, Bill Young, Joe Goode, Terry O'Connor, and Andrea Woods, among others. Before relocating to the Bay Area, he won three Lester Horton awards in Southern California for best performance in a small ensemble and set design for Girl Falling Toward the Sky, choreographed by Keith Johnson.
Empty Spaces was created during a 2014-15 residency at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. The program and staff have afforded him the support and clarity needed to form his company, Rogelio Lopez and Dancers. While the residency did not require the end product of a performance, the space and time to play, explore and create has resulted in the world premiere of Empty Spaces, a work very near and dear to his own heart, created with the wish that the universality of these themes moves audiences deeply.
Shawl-Anderson Dance Center
2704 Alcatraz Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
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