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