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Hillside Swedenborgian Community Church
El Cerrito, CA
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Sat, Oct 12 is sold out as of 10/9/13. There are just a few seats remaining for Friday, October 11. Please call the weekday box office at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center at 510-654-5921 for Friday night tickets.


Update 10/9/13: Sat, Oct 12 is sold out. There are currently 4 seats left for Fri, Oct 11. These are now available only by calling box office at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center at 510-654-5921.

Randee Paufve and Paufve | dance present Soil, a quintet of new and revised solo works, October 4-6 & 11-12, at the Hillside Swedenborgian Community Church in El Cerrito.  Soil is performed by dancer and choreographer Randee Paufve and features works by Paufve, the late Della Davidson, New York City based Kate Weare and Gregg Bielemeier of Portland, OR, with music composed and performed live by Chris Evans and Elijah Wallace.  Soil is created and shaped overall in collaboration with the award winning lighting designer Jack Carpenter, videographer Olivia Ting, dramaturg Annie Elias and costumer Keriann Egeland.

Soil marks a return to the solo form that launched Paufve's career, but in a full-evening format that challenges the notion that with aging we lose endurance. Paufve blasts through five solos in one evening, exposing the raw, hot vitality of an artist smashing against stereotypes of aging dancers, up-ending the roles of choreographer/performer/audience and embodying the unpredictability of transformation.  With solos created by four very different choreographers Soil unifies into a bold and nuanced physical expression of the dance between body and psyche  a fiery descent into dreaminess, a dark embrace with mortality and a reemergence into light and life.

The five solos that Soil comprises are (in order of performance):
1. Invocation, by Paufve, which sets the stage for the evening creating movement alchemy between hands, sex, passion and light.
2.  Erie Lackawana, by Kate Weare a stark and elegant dance that punctuates stillness with raging motion.  
3. ...it's kind of a secret but she screams like a girl...........,by Gregg Bielemeier, portrays a woman attempting to control her world, yet, like a helium balloon floating up and falling down in temperature fluctuations, she is controlled by her persistent dreaminess.
4.  Flying Over Emptiness, by Della Davidson.  Originally created for Bay Area dance veteran Frank Shawl, the work is  "about the bleakness and fear that the possibility of death inspires," as explained by Davidson, who passed away in March 2012.
5. Sedimental Journey, by Paufve, was created at a Benedictine Monastery in upstate NY, near the farm where Paufve was born and raised.  There she chanted prayers with the nuns, communed with nature, talked with Sister Donald about sin and death and started making the solo in the grass in the graveyard in the woods.  

Known primarily for her intelligent, emotionally layered, movement-driven choreography, Paufve has established a unique choreographic and performance voice in the Bay Area and beyond over the last 20 years. On working with Randee Paufve, Kate Weare explains: "I have watched Randee perform for many years, soaking up valuable information from her precise, instinctive and acutely intelligent dancing. Paufve never resembles anyone but herself, and has very a specific presence."

The Hillside Swedenborgian Community Church is an amazing space, with rich wood ambience and floor to ceiling windows which allow an abundance of natural light with views ranging from the wooded El Cerrito hillside to the San Francisco Bay.  Soil will begin at dusk and will move from fading sunlight to video, set and lighting installations to create environments that shift with the passage of time to reveal each dance.

The creation of Soil is supported in part by the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Dancers' Group Lighting Award in Dance, and by the Della Davidson Prize.


Hillside Swedenborgian Community Church (View)
1422 Navellier Street
El Cerrito, CA 94530
United States


Arts > Dance

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No


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