Monday, April 21, 2014

Branch Dancing in the Bronx!!!

DANCING IN THE STREETS & BAAD,  in partnership with Westchester Square BID,  present a branch dance performance,  Sunday, May 18, 2014, 1:30 pm, on the grounds of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 2500 Westchester Ave, Bronx, NY 10461.  FREE!

Merián Soto, Arthur Aviles, Marion Ramírez, Beau Hancock, and 9  Bronx-based dancers dance with large tree branches.  As they move in response to the branches’ heft, form, and texture, they evoke the sensual, mysterious, and kinetic force of nature.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring is here


Spring is here, at last!

Its wonderful to enjoy the change of season by practicing branch dancing outdoors.  

Here with Marija Krtolica, Elisa Davis, Amanda DiLudovico, Natalia Alvarez-Figueroa and Jimena Alviar.

Check out How To Dance With Branches links:

Centering/Point of Contact



On Working with Branches

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Branch Dances @ the Barnes; Tomorrow, Wed, June 12, at 8PM.

 Branch Dances @ the Barnes.  Tomorrow, Wed, June 12, at 8PM.   Presented by Dance USA Philadelphia for the opening of the annual national Dance USA Conference.  

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Rehearsal, June 10, 2013

Photo: Lindsay Browning

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Branch Dances at the Barnes Foundation, Wed, June 12

Ahhh!  It's good to back!

Marion Ramírez. Photo:Bill Hebert
I'm excited to be presenting another set of  Branch Dances at the Barnes Foundation next Wednesday, June 12, during the opening reception of the Dance USA Conference.  I'm happy to have the opportunity to show the work in this context, and for this audience (a  who's who of Philadelphia dance and beyond).

SoMoS was selected for presentation at the conference as a "presenters' pick" during the recent Philadelphia Dance Showcase.  Also on the program are Kun Yang Lin, Anne Marie Mullgrew, and Tori Lawrence.

The Barnes is a perfect venue for a bare bones version of the Branch Dances. The elegant architecture brings out the aesthetic power and compelling expressivity of the straight-on performance practice.   Olive Prince, Beau Hancock, Jung Woong Kim, and Marion Ramírez will be performing three movement structures from SoMoS; no projections.  Beau will be inside with his heroic version of Jumatatu Poe's bundle dance.  Olive will  be guarding the entrance performing her extraordinary solo with two giant branches; Marion and Jung Woong will perform their sensual vining duet along the reflecting pool.   Christine Darch is creating new costumes for the occasion.   Harold S. Smith will  accompany us on the didgeredoo.   It promises to be a  kinesthetic, aural, and visual feast!

Marion Ramírez. Photo: Bill Hebert
Even though its a private event,  passersby can catch the outdoor  performances along the reflecting pool and the entrance starting at 8:00PM (at no cost).  If you are attending the conference, make sure you plan to stay to the end of the event so you see the entire 30 minute  performance which begins at 8PM.

The weather promises to be delightful.   I hope you will join us!

Directions to Barnes Foundation

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Triangulations now on view

Triangulations: Revisiting OYWPP opened last night.  I am kind of amazed at the whole experience, so different from producing work for performance. 

The exhibition is part of Taller Puertorriqueño's series titled Claiming Spaces.  I find it this incredibly a propos of my process— the dancer claiming the space of visual arts opens up a whole set of ideas and questions about the body and performance in visual arts. On a practical level,  the show will be up for six weeks — what a luxury for a dancer!

Triangulations is created from self-documentation videos of the One Year Wissahickon Park Project OYWPP, which took place in 2007-08.   The installation succeeds in conjuring  the immersive and hypnotic quality of  the original  performances, creating a kind of time warp.  As in the branch dance performances, the audience is invited to slow down and experience the shift in consciousness that  can happen at the intersections of place, time,  movement, and sound.

You can see Triangulations at the Lorenzo Homar Gallery at Taller Puertorriqueño, 2721 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133.  Gallery hours are: Mon-Fri 10-5, and Sat 11-6.  Closed Sundays.  Admission is FREE. 

OYWPP was a creative research project in 2007-08 exploring performance throughout the four seasons.  It featured performances by Olive Prince, Noemí Segarra, Jumatatu Poe, Shavon Norris, and Toshi Makihara. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Triangulations: Revisiting OYWPP

Taller Puertorriqueño will present my first one person exhibitionTriangulations: Revisiting OYWPP,  in  the Lorenzo Homar Gallery, from Dec 7, 2012 - January 19, 2013.  The exhibition is part of Taller Puertorriqueño's  2012-13 series  of exhibitions titled Claiming Spaces

Jumatatu Poe self documents. Photo: Pepón Osorio (2007)
 Triangulations explores the intersection of performance, place, and time in two,  three-channel video installations.  It features a number of performance documents of the One Year Wissahickon Park ProjectOYWPP,created through a process of self-documentation wherein the performer documents her/his own performance. 

OYWPP was a series of performances in Philadelphia's Wissahickon Valley Park throughout 2007-08, featuring dancers Shavon Norris, Olive Prince, Jumatatu Poe, Noemí Segarra and myself, and percussionist and composer Toshi Makihara.  I designed it around the concept of four--- four seasons, four sites, four performances in each site for a total of 16 performances.  Performances lasted 45 minutes and were held Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM, to take advantage of the crisp morning air and angled sunlight.  I am proud to say that we completed all 16 performances, in all sorts of conditions including temperatures ranging from 20 to 98 degrees, rain, snow, sleet, high winds, and bugs! 

The Lorenzo Homar Gallery is located at Taller Puertorriqueño, 2721 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133.  The opening reception will take place Friday Dec 7 from 5:30-8PM.   Admission is FREE.