Cherie Hill IrieDance presents, Détente, an Oakland premiere choreographed and performed by Cherie Hill with dancers Andreina Maldonado and Rose Rothfeder. Video by Imani Karpowich. August 22 & August 24, 8pm at the Temescal Arts Center, Oakland, CA. Tickets 10-20 Sliding Scale. No-one turned away for lack of funds.|
Détente investigates displacement, the words meaning, and impact. Through dance, video, and story, performers experiment with the act or process of displacing, and what it means to be removed from the usual or proper place; specifically: to expel or force to flee from home or homeland. The work is inspired by choreographer Cherie Hill's personal experience with gentrification in Oakland and is titled after an email her landlord sent months after battling to save her home.
Dancers Cherie Hill, Andreina Maldonado, and Rose Rothfeder transform internalized experience into a physical expression using improvisational structures that play with ethereal senses of the body- finding and tracing invisible impressions, moving in and out of solo and group phrasing while dancing quickly through weaving pathways. Sections of the choreography explore complex emotions via an aesthetic mix of subtleness and defiance.
The Oakland premiere includes a special film screening of the documentary, Alice Street, and a post-show discussion on gentrification and housing rights with Causa Justa: Just Cause.
About the performers:
Cherie Hill (choreographer & dancer) is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, and scholar, whose art explores human expression in collaboration with nature, music, and visual imagery. IrieDance, a fiscally sponsored project of Dancers Group works have shown at the Live Oak Theatre, Shotwell Studios, the African American Cultural Center, the Black Choreographer's Festival, Anschultz Theatre, Bao Bao Festival, P.L.A.C.E Performance, the San Francisco Cathedral, Omni Oakland Commons, SF Moving Arts Festival, Kinetech Arts, Alena Museum, SAFEhouse Arts, the Milk Bar, and the Dance A World of Hope Festival in Holland, MI.
Andreina Maldonado (dancer) is a multidisciplinary dancer, musician, community organizer, and anthropologist from Maracay, Venezuela. Her vision and mission are to empower communities through art, using dance and music as a fundamental motivation for social change and justice. Andreina loves to garden, read poetry, play music, contemplate and share food. She is a senior apprentice of master drummer & dancer Dr. Djo Bi from Cote D'ivoire, a member of Duniya Dance and Drum Ensemble, and lead in her band, The Native Union. She has danced with IrieDance for four years.
Rose Rothfeder (dancer) is an enthusiast of life, wholesome food, the natural world, yoga, music, and DANCE. She works with an urban youth enrichment program and strives to bring music, movement, passion, and expression to education settings. She studies Afro-Haitian and contemporary dance and is a herbalist consultant. She has danced with IrieDance for four years.
Imani Karpowich-Smith (video artist) is an interdisciplinary artist native to the East Bay with a BFA in Art and Ethnic Studies from Mills College. She cultivates work inspired by her life experiences; exploring Multiracialism, Blackness, ancestry, and memory. Her recent video and sound installation, We've Always Been Here, debuted at the Mills College Art Museum, and displays a collection of interviews discussing the American Multiracial experience.
Alice Street, an Endangered Films documentary, captures Oakland in transition, undergoing population and culture shift, raising important questions about the need to preserve and defend arts and culture, and whether it is even possible for historically-marginalized communities to stop the momentum of gentrification once its begun, http://www.alicestreetfilm.com/home.html
Causa Justa :: Just Cause builds grassroots power and leadership to create strong, equitable communities. Born through mergers between Black organizations and Latino organizations, they build bridges of solidarity between working-class communities, https://cjjc.org/
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Temescal Arts Center (View)
511 48th Street
Oakland, CA 94609
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