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Right Brain Performancelab & Dance Up Close/East Bay present What Stays
Shawl-Anderson Dance Center
Berkeley, CA
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Right Brain Performancelab & Dance Up Close/East Bay present What Stays
"What Stays" is a touring home-theater performance event that will take place at Shawl Anderson Dance Center June 2014. In this full-length evening performance, Right Brain Performancelab takes audiences on a journey mapped with layers of dance, song, sound and shadows through the center, which is a converted home, discovering the inner life of the space and its hidden dreams that remain when all else has been forgotten over time. The piece is about the literal and metaphorical intersections of time passing and home, the complex emotional pull that is often felt when coming home, the stories that we have about our homes, our feelings about that home that lives within us and the home that we remember, no matter how inaccurately.

"What Stays" was presented as public performance in three private homes in 2013 in Half Moon Bay, San Francisco and Oakland. It's 2014 reprise takes place at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, a non-profit dance school and performance venue that was a home until 1967 when Frank Shawl and Victor Anderson purchased it and transformed it into a center for dance.

The show takes place throughout the home, each room becoming its own installation of light, sound and motion. Audience members are invited to stroll through to experience each magical transformation, from an eloquently performed quartet for dancer, musician, bathtub and dollhouse, a percussion symphony for found kitchen crockery and gadgets, movement explorations for halls and alleyways, and the colorful characters who inhabit these pieces.

Also featured is a live, long-distance collaboration between company director Jennifer Gwirtz and experimental choreographer Apryl Renee Pipe in London. Together they will explore virtual homes created within the frameworks of open source social media and humanized code, through live data connection during the performance.

This year's company features the work of John Baumann (writer/performer), Lisa Claybaugh (performer/costumer), Jennifer Gwirtz (director, choreographer, performer), Laura Marsh (performer), Jennifer A. Minore (performer), Dave Rodgers (composer) and David Samas (performer/musician). With masks by Masque Arrayed. Award-winning lighting designer Allen Willner will transform the space through brightness and shadow.

Photography by Steven Gelberg


Shawl-Anderson Dance Center (View)
2704 Alcatraz Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Music > Experimental

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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