Chez Bushwick Presents: 2Night Show October
Founded and guided by artists, Chez Bushwick is dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary art and performance with a strong focus on experimental dance. The 2Night Show is a monthly event co-presented by the CPR Center for Performance Research and Chez Bushwick. It is an opportunity for New York based emerging and mid-career artists to show their works and engage with the local community.
Alyssa Gersony Willowbrook
Willowbrook is a dance piece created by Alyssa Gersony with support from theater artist Carmen Scott. The work's primary influences include personal and historical accounts of the tenure and subsequent deinstitutionalization of the Willowbrook State School. The themes of violence, memory, anonymity, and states of consciousness also helped shaped the physical rigor and research of the piece. Willowbrook is a solo dance layered with sounds from everyday life laughter, whispers, and private spaces. It features stories from Geraldo Rivera and family members of individuals admitted to Willowbrook. The final composition is an opportunity to perceive stories, sounds, bodies, politics, and fragments of events: Willowbrook examines our relationship to otherness.
Choreography, Performance, Sound: Alyssa Gersony
Outside-Eye: Carmen Scott
Amanda Hameline Ache, part 2
For the past year, 3-4 dancers and one choreographer have run around in a rectangular room and thought about the push and pull of desire. We developed the first section of Ache, which shows the shock of being confronted with a whole lot of what you want. Now we are working on a second section that dives deeper into our reaction to getting (and fearing) the things we desire. We started with the idea of insane, hysterical tears liquid developing from nowhere and spurting out uncontrollably followed by frantic gasps of air between sobs and played with their rhythm and flow in order to access the pain, joy and absurdity of extreme feeling. Moving this progression into the whole body, we worked to tap into a sensation of skin melting and dripping off, first in sad little droplets and then a thick stream, creating pool on the floor. The loss of mass is terrifying but then results in a feeling of lightness and freedom; you have lost yourself for at least a moment. This is the appeal of extreme emotion. It can completely consume you the power of the reaction takes away the pain of the cause.
Choreography: Amanda Hameline
Made in collaboration Dancers: Krystel Mazzeo, Emily Smith, Ariane Bernier, Sara Ciampa
Company Name: Amanda + James
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/amandaplusjames
Boomerang is a duet of vigor and fragility, like a ceaseless tug-o-war in which rope is frayed and worn thin by the performer's ongoing mutual intensity. The rope never breaks, however, as they exert control over the tides of their physicality to maintain the connection whereby they fuel and support one another. "It is the movement into and out of grace those frenetic and jarring disjunctions in tempo and movement that make Boomerang such a supremely exciting piece." (Jessica Grim) Boomerang constitutes boomerang's first work. It spurred the development of a language and an aesthetic that has been further elaborated and explored through numerous subsequent duets and solos that now make up boomerang's growing repertory.
Choreography: Kora Radella
This work was made in a collaborative creation process with the performers.
Performers: Matty Davis, Adrian Galvin
Music: Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Company Name: boomerang
Carol Mendes The Trentmoller Project
The Trentemoller Project is a collage of experimental dancescapes connected by the electronic creations of Denmark artist Trentemoller. With a range of musical pieces to choose from, we have begun the process by investigating choreographic tools that manipulate movement in unusual and unnatural ways. The movement currently in development is characterized by conflicting upper and lower body movement and the challenging of conventional timing and dynamics. Four dancers that are constant collaborators with the choreographer are deeply involved in the creation of this work. The piece will grow and develop from our forced exploration of the human body's coordination.
Choreographer/ Artistic Director: Carol Mendes
Associate Director and Dancer: Frankie Fernandes
Dancer: Erika Wuhrer
Company Name: Carol Mendes & Artists
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/CarolMendesArtists
Photo Credit: Nicolas Pirata
Scotty Hardwig of dead boys and blind men
What began as a choreographic collaboration between dance artists Scotty Hardwig and Laquimah VanDunk at the Chez Bushwick studio during the winter of 2013-14, of dead boys and blind men became a constantly revisited solo study in silence, masculinity, perceptions of strength, and pure movement invention based on a randomized creative process. It is a work where the body is the site of forgetting and our many moments of tiny tremor, where the experience of the human within the movement attempts to hint at the unspoken, the unseen beautiful things, and the memories of silence. With a powerful sensitivity and distinctly interpretive performance by Keanu Forrest Brady, this work represents an experimental way of creating a unique and articulate movement vocabulary based on the poetry of specific anatomies tied to a random number generator, a testament to collaboration in the creation of this vocabulary, and a subtextual expression of the kind of masculinity that becomes submerged beneath illusions of strength and power.
Choreography: Scotty Hardwig and Laquimah VanDunk
Performance: Keanu Forrest Brady
Music: Scotty Hardwig
Erik Abbott-Main A thousand thousands
A thousand thousands is a work in progress for 4 dancers, examining notions of aggregation and replication. It is a mixture of improvised and highly set movement material that points to a non-linear intersection of human and cyborg performance. The surface aesthetics of this work are about finding a coordinated relationship between formalized dance and mathematical algorithms. The effect is visually hypnotic, spacey at times, but ultimately pares away to reveal a vulnerable and personal collection of bodies.
Dancers: Madeline Irmen, Melanie Gallo, Katie Stehura
Company Name: Boy Friday
Facebook group: Erik Abbott-Main | Boy Friday
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