sugar space

35 Buckets and 5 Beds
October 6, 2010, 6:42 pm
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Interview with inFluxdance our 2010 Artists in Residence
September 21, 2010, 3:35 am
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Don’t miss their show September 23-25, 2010 @ 8pm!

Q: What was the idea behind the set and video component?

A.This show has a whole group of collaborators that have taken the concept of the history and future of protest and have designed/created their part of the show in their own expression in order to further the intention and message of the piece. The videographer, Erin Mayfield collected clips both still and video of past protests and current issues and put together an amazing layer. Scott Halford is the projection technical specialist. He has created an interesting composition of video projection in the actual space. The composers, Aurie Hsu and Steven Kemper composed an hour of original score completely intertwined with the dancing and the theme as well as their own artistic vision. The set design/builder team Mark and Libby Haslam have taken the concept of protest and given it a visual structure in order to project the video as well as abstract the space with plexi-glass panels to represent the signage that is involved in protest. The plexi-glass boxes symbolize the “soapbox” as well as the idea of a society glued to tv, and in some cases trapped inside their tv. These are some glimpses of how we have all come together to complete the piece with the common vision and inspiration of protest and the many ways it has been executed. How do we in this society today turn off our tv and think for ourselves, marching, chanting, sit ins, boycotts, facebook causes, etc. These serve as a vehicle to reach out and comment on how wonderful it is to have a voice and we should be standing up for what we believe in.

Q: Why did you apply for the residency and how did it facilitate creation?

A. Because inFluxdance is a small independent dance company that works in a unique way, this residency seemed the perfect way to jump start our show for this 2010-2011 season. The artistic directors reside one in Utah and one in Virginia, therefore our creative process is one that is unconventional. For the past 4 seasons we have worked in this way.
Concept is usually decided, brainstormed and worked out via phone, email and skype. Next we decide who and what other elements of collaboration are necessary for our concept, another meeting/brainstorming to get all on the same page. Then we fly to rehearse 1 weekend each month until the week of the premiere (that week is spent in an intense rehearsal
process) then the show goes up and we tour the show in other cities.

Q: What are your plans for the piece after the premiere?

A: This show will be touring Charlottesville, Boulder, Toronto, Montreal and possibly San Francisco.

Q: how did the protest theme come about?

A: We are always trying to find a theme that is relevant to center our work around. For this particular piece we were really inspired to comment on the current state of affairs. We were interested in looking at intolerance vs. equality and how these ideas take form in culture. When people come together around a cause, they are using their bodies to express their ideas. We became interested in the questions:
What is the embodiment of protest? What does protest sound like? And what does it look like realistically and when it is abstracted?

Q: Anything else you want people to know?

A: We are really hoping that our audience will get an integrated piece that inspires them to take a second and think about what is important them.

Learn more about Rachel Nelson and Aporia Productions Coming to Sugar Space on tour August 11-15
July 26, 2010, 5:10 am
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Interview With Sam Goodman of OOSImaginary
July 1, 2010, 5:41 am
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OOSImaginary Performances and Workshop

-The show is still very much improvisational, but we’ve shaped it into a two-act structure, with an intermission in between. All together, it runs about 90-100 minutes. We have been ambivalent about titling it, but we may decide to shortly, in which case I’ll let you know. Without going into the details, it involves a lot of improvised dancing, original music (cello, guitar, percussion, singing, trumpet, & electronic), original text (both prerecorded & spoken), an old hunched curmudgeon, a garden of junk, cardboard boxes, motor oil cocktails, & Oscar Wilde.

I met Teddy in 2006 at Oberlin College & Conservatory, when we were both students there (I studied composition & he studied Cello Performance) We worked together quite a lot while we were students, in musical, dance, & improvisational settings. After graduating in 2009, we moved into a beautiful 4000 sq. ft. loft called the Archer Ballroom in Chicago, with intentions of creating a live-work-performance space.

In September 2009 I met Lisa at the Chicago Contact Jam and we have been collaborating closely ever since.

In January 2010, the three of us coalesced into OosImaginary and since then we have been actively performing and teaching.

The idea for the summer tour came relatively recently (In April) at a point when all three of our summer plans were somewhat up in the air. We had just seen the John Jasperse Company perform in Chicago at the MCA (Teddy actually performed in the show) and we all came away really inspired to keep working, but also definitely needing a break from Chicago, so we made a somewhat spontaneous decision to make a tour happen this summer, and ever since that point we’ve been working really hard to make it happen. We actually just had our first performance in Louisville tonight, so its already rolling. We have venues booked in Louisville, Nashville, Conway (AR), Denver, Salt Lake, Missoula, Seattle, Portland, & Ventura, but the idea behind the tour is to perform every day in some capacity, so we are also planning on doing a lot of guerilla/street/outdoor performance in addition to the venue shows.

OOSImaginary coming July 11
June 25, 2010, 4:49 am
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They will be doing two shows and teaching a workshop. Check out the blog of their tour at Registration for workshop and tix are available online now.

Now Practices, Now the Show and Underscore this week
June 21, 2010, 7:33 am
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“The Underscore is a framework for practicing and researching dance improvisation that I’ve been developing since the early 1990s. It is a score that guides dancers through a series of ‘changing states,’ from solo deepening/releasing to sensitizing to gravity and support; through group… circulation and interaction, Contact Improvisation engagements, opening out to full group improvisation with compositional awareness, and back to rest and reflection.”

Nancy Stark Smith, Caught Falling:

One of Riot Act’s interests
May 26, 2010, 3:47 am
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Because Macey from Riot Act replied to our blog with the group’s specific interest in Joe Goode’s Wonderboy as part of the development of The Bogeyman why not post a review of Wonderboy?

This can help give you an impression of the relationship of movement to theater to visual arts (like puppetry). It also links to Joe Goode’s website and the website for the puppeteers.