New Works: Rakia Seaborn & Pia Murray
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"PUNCH" - Heartbreak feels like a punch in the gut!
What began as a simple visceral reaction to the song "Boys & Girls" by the Alabama Shakes, PUNCH has transformed into a very personal exploration of adult relationships. With a movement vocabulary inspired by boxing, highway sobriety tests and vogueing, PUNCH lives in the ether, between college graduation and adulthood. Offering no answers, it asks all the right questions about Intimacy, Love, Trust and Release.
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. In Fall of 2012, Rakia will begin the MFA Program in Dance at Sarah Lawrence College. She has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Dianne McIntyre, Martha Bowers & Dance Theatre Etc., the fabulous Dazzle Dancers, P.M.M.D.C. and Tyler Ashley. Her choreographic work has appeared at The Tank, Dixon Place, La Mama, ETC, The St. Lawrence Arts Center, The Rover Soho, Dancewave and Warner Hall. In 2008, she launched RAKIA!, a Brooklyn-based collective of movers and shakers committed to making over-the-top, character-driven dance work. Ever the optimist, Rakia looks forward to future artistic collaborations.
Pia Monique Murray Dance Co. (PMMDC)
"Down the Line" (Work-in-progress)
"Down the Line" is dissects the idiosyncrasies of public transportation culture, especially in New York City. It was originally inspired by the graphic novel, "Pitch Black," co-authored by Anthony Horton, a homeless man who recently died from a fire in his subway tunnel living space, and Youme Landowne, an artist he met on a subway platform. Aside from the beautiful story and imagery in the book, the friendship that developed between Horton and Landowne is a interseting encounter between the passenger and homeless groups that co-exist on the MTA but rarely intersect. "Down the Line" explores relationships between passengers and homeless people (straphangers and squatters), environments (crowded and empty trains, platforms and tunnels) and circumstances (rush hour, train delays, route changes, etc.).
"Dollhouse" reveals physical, emotional, and cultural struggles familiar to young women, ranging from black hair ("Bad Weave") and body image ("Skinny Bitch") to piety and sexuality ("The Drunken Harlot").
The Tank (View)
151 w. 46th st., 8th Floor
New York, NY 10036
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