Awakenings & Beginnings International Dance Festival Closing Night Performance January 20, 2018
Rubans Rouges Dance Presents:
AWAKENINGS & BEGINNINGS International Dance Festival 2018 - Closing Night Performance (this is not a showing, these are not works in progress)
"AWAKENINGS & BEGINNINGS Dance Festival" - 2018 has grown again. This festival has seen the largest growth of all the festivals in Los Angeles. It now runs from Jan 6 - 27 comprised of fun master classes, community building, dancer development, performance excitement, art, education, music and of course dance performances. Please be aware there are several events and other parts of this festival. This specific ticket link is for the closing night performance on January 20, 2018 8pm.
Our theme this year: "TRUTH!" (All the artists had their own interpretation - "There is no wrong answer, only good art." Noelle Andressen)
Many things have happened in our society this past year and as life reflects art and art reflects life, we have been able to incorporate a myriad of meanings of the word "Truth" for this year's festival. We have strong, all women ensembles that help celebrate the women's march downtown this year. That makes our festival a great way to continue in the celebration all day and night long. After you march, come "dance with us" as you'll surely feel like you're part of the performance in this artistic and intimate space that DIAVOLO Space is. We have daring modern dance and expressive movement pieces; percussive and passionate art-works; our men are engaging and bring messages of hope, intensity, and community; and amazing athleticism that will please. As a joint venture Djanbazian Dance Company & Rubans Rouges Dance present an honorary presentation to remember the beautiful life of Anna Djanbazian, friend, mentor, celebrated artist the was the Artistic Director for Djanbazian Dance Company (Over 75 years of tradition and artistry!). There is something special for everyone to enjoy.
"...Come see artistry birth forth..."
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Closing Night's Formal PROGRAMMING - FESTIVAL ARTISTS:
DeDa Dance Theatre
Djanbazian Dance Academy
Freaks With Lines
Jess Harper & Dancers
Kairos Dance Company
Los Angeles FUSION Dance Theater
Los Angeles FUSION Performing Dance Academy
Rubans Rouges Dance
Red Ribbons Dance Ensemble
San Pedro City Ballet
Works by Dolly Sfeir
Works by Santiago Rivera
JOIN us for a very exciting evening of Dance Art & Multi-Media Dance Performances as we close our beloved festival on this night. This festival sells-out every year thanks to supporters like you; be sure to get your tickets on line now. Do not wait, it'd be disappointing to turn you away.
This 8:00 pm formal performance presents professional Established Artists & Dance Companies and professional Emerging Artists Program in the International arena. This Closing Night Performance will present different dance disciplines such as ballet, modern, and contemporary forms of dance. Surely to be an amazing presentation.
Albertossy Espinoza/Los Angeles FUSION Dance Theater
"Breathe (Premiere)" (4:20)
Costumer: Albertossy Espinoza
Dancers: Masha Balovlenkov, Albertossy Espinoza, Beatriz Eugenia Vasquez
Music: (Crystalize) Lindsey Stirling
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Albertossy Espinoza/FUSION Performing Dance Academy
Costumer: Albertossy Espinoza
Dancers: Ariana Anaya, Jacqueline Rodriguez, Jeanete Vasquez
Music: (Elastic Heart) Sia
Albertossy Espinoza/Los Angeles FUSION Performing Dance Academy: The mission of Fusion Dance Theater is to fuse together the rich diversity of different cultures through dance. Albertossy Espinoza founded the company in 2004 to expand the boundaries of dance performance by fusing dance, music, costumes, acting, light and set designs to create a wonderland. Through its repertoire, the company touches upon many daily and social issues as well as emotions. With trained dancers of various styles the company offers a broad range of skills both to performance and teaching. Through music and movement, Fusion Dance Theater welcomes you to a wonderland where dreams and reality come together as one. A FUSION of life!
Aloysia Gavre/Troupe Vertigo
Costumer: Kelly Maglia/Triple Threat
Dancers: Nata Ibragimov, Gana Oyunchimeg, Sarah Sporich, Lauren Stark, Darielle Williams
Music: U2-Alex Descends & The Lounge Lizards - No Pain for Cakes
Description: Tableaux features five women inquiring about confinement and freedom by collectively harnessing their physicality to the extreme to overccome limitations by igniting their rescourcefulness.
Aloysia Gavre/Troupe Vertigo: Tableaux features five women inquiring about confinement and freedom, while finding themselves constrained on an island of boxes, trapped by the constrictions of society and themselves. Faced with numerous challenges set before them the artists collectively harness their physicality to the extreme through dance, contortion & the aerial arts to overcome what may at first feel like limitations and eventually becoming empowerment. As Tableaux explores the various forms of female identity we discover, honor and accept the complexity of the Female how are we separate and unique from one another, yet still able to fit together despite those inherent differences.
Denise Gibson/DeDa Dance Theatre
"Unstrung Heartstrings" (2:50)
Costumer: Denise Gibson
Dancers: Cassandra Godinez, Giancarlo Zapata
Music: (Mean to Me) by Nellie McKay
Denise Gibson/DeDa Dance Theatre: DeDa Dance/Denise Gibson, MFA, began her professional performing at Chicago City Ballet. Ms. Gibson went on to perform with the Los Angeles Ballet, Santa Barbara Chamber Ballet, State Street Ballet and La Danserie. Denise Gibson has been choreographing and designing her own productions for the last 15 years and is currently the artistic director/producer of her own modern dance company Deda Dance Theater as well as the artistic director for the National Champion Swing Team The Swingheads. Denise is the Dance Director at LA Pierce College and is the faculty choreographer of three successful Pierce College dance teams in the areas of: modern, swing and Latin dance.
Dolly Sfeir/Works by Dolly Sfeir
"Apparatus Malfunction" (10:35)
Costumer: Liz Carpenter
Dancers: Alice Amano, Megan Auyeung, Emily Ashdown, Nathaniel Gonzaga, Madyson Landon, Justin Morris, Hayley Myers,
Music: (Steve Reich - Drumming Part I) Don Nichols
Dolly Sfeir/Works by Dolly Sfeir: Dolly Sfeir attended Studio Arabesque in Lebanon at 4 years of age. She participated in several musical of the Rahbani Brothers such as Akher Yom (by Debbie Allen) and
Don Quixote. Through her collegiate education, Sfeir studied with prominent artists such as Lorin Johnson, Linda Sohl Ellison, Jose Costas, Sophie Monat, Gracie Whyte and Rebecca Lemme. In 2013, she joined Contempt Ballet with artistic director Jose Costas. Her piece Clique Drag was nominated for best choreography in 2014, for which she received two scholarships and participated in the McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival in 2015. She attended Parsons Dances summer workshop and has worked with renowned artists such as Robert Moses and Kate Hutter. She received a College of the Arts Scholarship from California State University, Long Beach, where she received her BFA in Dance. She attended the 2014 and 2015 American College Dance Association.
Hazel Clarke/Kairos Dance Company
Dancers: Carole Bacic, Jessica Harper, Bailey Johnson, Katelyn Martin, Katie Natwick
Music: (Breathe Me) by Sia, performed by Grace Pitts.
Description: This piece focuses on social media and its effect on young adults and society today.
Hazel Clarke/Kairos Dance Company: Instructor/choreographer for 20+ years, Hazel holds a BA in dance from San Jose State University and founded Kairos Dance Company in 2006. Credits/Awards: 2013 Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival Winner; 2015 sjDANCEco ChoreoFest Winner. 2017 performances: Awakenings and Beginnings Dance Festival (Los Angeles), Front and Main Dance Festival (Temecula), Mixmatch Dance Festival (Santa Monica). This June Kairos performed Light in the Moonless Midnight in efforts to erase the mental illness stigma, and October at the Actors Gang Kairos performed Paradigm, a piece about the effects of social media. Kairos uses dance as a platform to bring social awareness to the community.
"Who Cares. If I Don't. Who Will." (10:36)
Music: (Aldebran Exchange) & (Enhanced Humanoid) Steve Moore
Description: Who Am I If I Act? Who Am I If I Don't?
Ironstone/SUBDance: In 2014 Ironstone was accepted to the Juilliard School where he devoted himself to his dance training and the exploration of his art. It was at Juilliard that Ironstone discovered he believes consummately in the artist's role to become fully consumed in emotion and reflection, such that we learn more about ourselves, and the dynamics we share universally.
Hungry for more knowledge, Ironstone decided to continue his education by pursuing a degree in Global Studies. Ironstone enjoys the process of invention and the craft involved in carving out clear articulations of thoughts and emotions processed through movement. His vision is to continue a legacy for young artists to bridge the gap between social and political justice through art. After completing a study abroad trip in Guatemala and Belize studying Anthropology and Botany, Ironstone is most inspired at the moment with counter-instructions in our own centrality.
Jessica Harper/Jess Harper & Dancers
"and it continues..." (6:00)
Costumer: Jess Harper & Dancers
Dancers: Carole Bacic, Bailey Johnson, Grace Ludwinski, Katelyn Martin
Music: (and it continues...) John Carbone "Live Music"
Jessica Harper/Jess Harper & Dancers: Jess Harper, choreographer, dancer, yoga instructor, and humorist completed her MFA in Dance from University of California, Irvine, her Masters in Education from University of Phoenix, and her BA in Dance from Loyola Marymount University. She teaches at LMU, UCI, Chapman University, and School of Dance and Music. Jessi dances with KAIROS and METHOD, is Associate Director for MULITIPLEX, and is Artistic Director of JESS HARPER & Dancers. While dancing with METHOD and TONGUE, she received Lester Horton Awards for Outstanding Performance. She was also nominated for Best Female Artist while dancing for METHOD. Jess is blessed to live creatively.
"The 5" (9:00)
Costumer: Myeshia Hall
Dancers: : Julie Davis, Nathieli Diaz, Myeshia Hall, Julie Simon, HannahWolgemuth
Music: (Oya (Aw-Yah) Earth) Olatunji, (Wildflower) Nostalgia77, (Samberimbau) Dudu Capoeira, (Gargantuan Drums) Music Candy, (Carnevalada) Tam-Tam Orchestra and Tam-Tam Batucada
Description: Joyful celebration of the elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Metal using Contemporary Brazilian movement.
Julie Simon/Tropicaleiza: Founded in 2006 by Julie Simon, Tropicaleiza is a Contemporary Brazilian Dance Company synonymous with power and energy. Tropicaleiza's repertoire can be described as a joyous celebration that incorporates grounded uninhibited Afro-Brazilian influenced expression, the playfulness and sass of Samba and fluid voluminous Afro-Contemporary movement. Based out of Riverside CA, Julie Simon performs and teaches master classes throughout the US. Dance is where I exist without borders Julie Simon
Katherine Mcculla McCulla/Ovation09and_artists
"Captive: Reinvented" (8:00)
Dancers: Katherine Mcculla, Charlotte K. Smith
Description: Captive was originally a solo choreographed and performed by Katherine Mcculla in 2016. Since then the work has been called to be expanded yet the themes are the same. Self doubt re-birth and the sharing of the ultimate truth that we all have an inner beautiful steadfast warrior inside of us wanting to face all human experiences with strength, grace and dignity.
Katherine Mcculla McCulla/Ovation09_and Artists: merges technique with experimentation. We believe each artist has his or her own bold voice and vision that deserves to be exalted and heard. As artists we courageously share our deepest secrets and happiest stories so that the audience may have a transformative experience. Our talented dancers come from versatile backgrounds. The artists feed their passion for their craft differently each day from ballet technqiue class to countertechnique to graham class. What really turns us on as an entity is being involved in your process of how you are feeding your craft in the present moment. The seeking is what feeds the work. The rep is all original work by Artistic Director Katherine McCulla and the collective. We aim to educate, exalt and inspire all artists so that they may keep creating and living a life true to their being.
Noelle Andressen/Rubans Rouges Dance
Costumer: Noelle Andressen
Dancers: Noelle Rose Andressen & Albertossy Espinoza
Contortionist Movement: Dushawn Thompson
Music: Kale Kristopher's Original Score
Projections: Jay Kenneth
Description: A celebration to honor the life of Ms. Anna Djanbazian/Artistic Director of Djanbanzian Dance Company
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Noelle Andressen/Red Ribbons Dance Ensemble
Costumer: Noelle Andressen
Dancers: Caitlyn Heflin, Courtney Tyler, Keri Prokopidis, Daniella Shambau
Music: Kale Kristopher's Original Score
Noelle Andressen/Rubans Rouges Dance: Founded in 2009 by dancer-choreographer and Emmy nominated for various crafts, Noelle Rose Andressen has artistically guided Rubans Rouges Dance for almost 10 years. She, her husband and Executive Board have served the International Globe Artistically by giving performance opportunities via their 7 year old festival, showcases, repertoire shows, outreaches and spiritual ministries. This company has a broad range of offerings for growing and established artists internationally, historically, and educationally. Their slogan mark of multi-media dance drama "Feel the Experience" has allowed audiences to journey with the artists as they perform heart-felt stories that are based in truth and the nature of humanity. The company's trademark inclusiveness of all genders, races, cultures, religions, disabilities, ages and sizes has been a heralding hallmark of encouragement for the world. Ms. Andressen is largely responsible for the artistic vision of this company while Mr. Kale offers shrewd and keen business management directives to reach their growth goals. They are grateful to their dancers, staff, Board, choreographers, the universe and its spiritual ether for the fulfillment of their calling.
Patrick Bradley/San Pedro City Ballet
Costumer: Patrick David Bradley
Dancers: Kaitlain Cullen, Brisa Gelber, Helena Ghekiere, Tracy Jones, Sophia Karl, Violeta Lemoh, Lauren Renee Ortega, Rhiannon Patapoff, Paige Roach, Cristina Roche, Chelsea Salinas, Amanda Solis, Nicolette Tombu, Xochtil Valazquez, Erica Wong, Elliot Zuvic
Description: A ten minute non-stop ritual culminating in a human sacrifice.
Patrick Bradley/San Pedro City Ballet: Patrick David Bradley has been teaching and dancing in the greater Los Angeles area since 1978. Mr. Bradley holds a BA in studio art and an MA in Intra-Media Art and Performance from California State University at Domiguez Hills. He started dance at Los Angeles Harbor College, then at California State University at Dominguez Hills, continued at Western Michigan University, danced with the CSU Dominguez Hills Dance Company, Angels Gate Dance Company, Loyola Marymount Dance Company and Rose Polsky and Dancers. He was founding director of Matrix Performance Art Company and currently teaches art at San Pedro High School. His works have been featured on many programs including SOLA, Celebrate Dance, California Choreography Festival, Los Angeles Harbor Arts Festival, Dance Under the Stars, and The Los Angeles Dance Invitational. In 2003 San Pedro City Ballet was nominated for a Lester Horton Award for Excellence In Performance for Mr. Bradleys work Light, and in 2007, Mr. Bradley received a nomination for Excellence In Choreography, Short Form, for Silence.
Rubina Vartaians/Djanbazian Dance Company & Academy
"Rise up to the Path" (4:11)
Costumer: Anna Djanbazian
Dancers: Tara Aghaian, Talin Buickians, Tania Buickians, Emily Mehrabians, Maneh Nazarian
Music: "Evanescent" by Axiom of Choice
Description: An excerpt from Anna Djanbazian's "Rumi, Path to Enlightenment." Dance of Rumi's disciples.
Rubina Vartaians/Djanbazian Dance Company & Academy: Founder, Anna Djanbazian was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She obtained her B.A. in Classical Ballet and in International Characteristic Stage Dance. After immigrating to the United States, she established the Djanbazian Dance Academy, while attending UCLA to receive her M.A degree in Modern Dance Choreography. She formed her Company in 1992 and choreographed over 150 works to critical acclaim. Anna is known for her use of abstraction combined with all the elements of dramatic dance theater. She combines the elegance, grace and suppleness of the Vaganova School with distinctive ability to express all shades of emotion with sensitivity and intuition. Prior to her passing, Ms. Djanbazian collaborated with the Board in creating a long-term plan for the Academy, now in its 75th year. She appointed Rubina Vartanians as Artistic Director of her Academy and Company to continue the Djanbazian legacy.
Santiago Rivera/Works by Santiago Rivera
"The Porcelain Heart" (2:52)
Costumer: Santiago Rivera
Dancers: Irishia Hubbard, Megumi Iwama, Sienna Serrano
Description: To the three women this piece was choreographed for, know that you are strong and loved. This one is for you Mama, Abuelita and Paola. I Love You.
Santiago Rivera/Works by Santiago Rivera: Santiago (Santi) Rivera was born in Los Angeles, CA where he started his dance training in eighth grade. He trained in many styles such as Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Musical Theatre etc. Throughout his training he discovered his love for choreography and teaching. He recently graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2016 with a B.A. in Drama and a minor in Education and feels blessed for what he has accomplished. He made his Off-Broadway debut not only as a performer but also as a choreographer through UCI's New York Satellite Program 2016. His ultimate goal is to share his love for dance with aspiring artists but expose concert/commercial dance to the Hispanic community as well.
Susan Vishmid/Freaks With Lines
"Tainted Experiences" (5:31)
Costumer: April McCloud
Dancers: Adam Bloodgood, Carlo di Dio, Isabelle Overstreet, Susan Vishmid
Description: Tainted Experiences portrays a loss of agency whereby the females are manipulated into having an experience they do not wish to have.
Susan Vishmid/Freaks With Lines: Freaks With Lines (FWL) is Creative Director, Susan Vishmid's brainchild. Ms. Vishmids professional career includes performing with Pennsylvania Ballet, Santa Fe Opera, San Diego Opera, California Contemporary Ballet, City of Angels Ballet, Napoles Ballet Theatre, California Riverside Ballet, Coast City Ballet, San Gorgonio Ballet, and Ciara Dance Alliance.
Freaks With Lines (FWL) is a Los Angeles based dance company that seeks to showcase independent works and enhance collaborations between professional dancers and other creative professionals. FWL seeks to generate moments of supreme beauty and intrigue by merging dance and other mediums in unique ways and in non-traditional spaces.
A Freak With Lines creates the most perfect line anytime...anywhere.
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PRODUCER'S THANK YOU:
Thank you to all the artists joining us in this artistic expression, this could not be done without you. Our sincere and deepest gratitude to those who share in the like-mindedness of artists coming together and supporting one another. This project was made possible in part by our sponsors, donors and supporters. Thank YOU! Our deepest kudos & heartfelt gratitude to supporters, crew and artists who make this festival possible. Thank you to the dance community! We LOVE YOU!!!
WE HAVE GROWN - THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO MADE THIS HAPPEN! To continue to DONATE this festival & further its growth, please visit: www.RubansRougesDance.com - We appreciate all of your support through the years.
Photo Credits in order of appearance top left: Awakenings & Beginnings Dance Festival Poster-1st Photo Left Darrin VanGorder, Rubans Rouges Dance(Photo Niko Heredia), Troupe Vertigo (Photo Maike Schulz), Kairos Dance Company (Photo Shana Skelton), Jess Harper & Dancers (Photo Skye Schmidt), Tropicaleiza(Photo Gabriela Garcia), Ovation09_and Artists (Photo ), Works by Santiago Rivera(Photo Jazley Sendjaja), Freaks With Lines (Photo Chris Hughes), Works by Dolly Sfeir(Photo ), SUBDance(Photo ), LA FUSION Dance Theatre(Photo ), DeDa Dance(Photo ), Megill & Company(Photo );
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