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Omni Commons
Oakland, CA
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TERRESTRIAL FOOTPRINTS is an evening-length premiere, choreographed and performed by Cherie Hill IrieDance experimenting with contemporary dance, improvisation, and African aesthetics. Layered with ambient sound effects and heavy bass, dancers connect, disconnect, ride waves of energy in their own and partners' bodies, and move with momentum and release. Driving the piece is reggae dub music produced by Brizion, and rearranged by Peter Lionheart, both of which inspire presence of the beyond.

Composed of long, luscious movement, TERRESTRIAL FOOTPRINTS is the first dance of its kind entirely performed to dub music. The piece moves between human and cosmic, revealing a painted gallery of female bodies, dancing through space, time and energy. Throughout, dancers collaborate with the environment and perform in the ballroom, on the stage, and in the balcony.

For the past two years, IrieDance has made choreography to dub music, learning about and experiencing the culture by attending monthly dub gatherings hosted by Inner Standing Sound. The music effects hold a cosmic vibe, displaying reverberating and echoing beats that she feels her style of contemporary dance fits well with. The music featured in TERRESTRIAL FOOTPRINTS is unreleased and rarely heard.

TERRESTRIAL FOOTPRINTS is motivated by the project "Creative Movement and the African Aesthetic", that teaches African dance elements from a conceptual perspective. The project was developed over a period of workshops, lectures and performances with the support of Luna Dance Institute, the Sacred Dance Guild, the National Dance Education Organization, and Peer Practices East Bay.

Dancers: Emmeline Gonzalez-Beban, Andreina Maldonado, Hope McManus, Linda Phung, Rose Rothfeder and Cherie Hill

About Cherie Hill IrieDance (www.iriedance.com)
Cherie Hill aka IrieDance is a creative artist who researches dance, transcendence, and how the body is a vessel for metaphysical presence. Her pieces juxtapose alternative and cosmic existence with "real-life" experience to provide insight into the causes and rationalities of the universe's time and space continuum. Satisfied by raw, ecstatic, gut moving dance, IrieDance works experiment with non-conventional spaces and developing movement in correlation to the environment. Dance, trance, women and the African Diaspora are continued research topics intertwined with black feminist standpoint theory. A firm believer that dance will play a key part in leading society to personal/communal/and spiritual transformation, Cherie produces projects that are conscious, analytical, and meditational. She holds a BA in Dance and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley, and a MFA in Dance from the University of CO Boulder. She is currently an independent choreographer, dance teaching artist and communications manager at Luna Dance Institute, and a research assistant for hip-hop dance legend Rennie Harris.

About Brizion (https://brizion.wordpress.com/)
Brizion is a Dub and Roots music producer based in San Diego, California (USA) operating from DubStrand Studio, established in 2004. Since opening, Brizion has released numerous albums, CDs and digital recordings. His dub tracks have been featured on JAH Militant Records (France), Positive Vibes, Lion Roots, and Guidance HiFi, and his new releases include CD albums Deep Space, Dub Savanna, Defender Dubplates, Dub Prayer and Dub Revelation. Brizion mixes live at dub music events and recently performed at the United Nations of Dub USA Launch Party.

About Peter Lionheart (http://innerstandingsound.com/)
Peter Lionheart had been building Lionheart Sounds for years, playing many gigs, producing and distributing tens of thousands of conscious Reggae mix CD's, and working with local roots singers and producers. In 2008 he met Rumi Q who spent his formative years in Paris where he was exposed to and inspired by the thriving Sound System scene. In 2013 they debuted monthly Sound Sanctuary events where Inner Standing Sound plays well tuned and heavily amplified Reggae and Dub music on a custom sound system to uplift the body, mind, and soul. Inner Standing works to provide a safe space, a vibrational Sound Sanctuary, where natural, earthly, and cosmic energies of upliftment can flow unimpeded. The medium used to carry these vibrations is Roots and Culture music from the vintage classics of the 70's, the digital revolution of the 80's, the roots resurgence of the 90's, all the way to the current cosmic UK electronic dub.  The musical experience provided is deep; mystical, meditational, and uplifting.

*All ticket sales go towards production costs and paying all the artists involved for their dedication, time and energy.

*Doors open at 7:45pm.
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Omni Commons (View)
4799 Shattuck Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
United States


Arts > Dance

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