Face The Music Dance Festival
FACE THE MUSIC DANCE FESTIVAL PRESENTS: Harupin-Ha Dance Theater, Roxanne Steinberg, Boaz Barkan, Odeya Nini, Kimberly Miguel Mullen, Jasmine Albuquerque and Emeka Simmons, Zena Bibler, Lollieworks, Rebecca Bruno and Yann Novak, Legg Lake, Innov Gnawa
DJ Hoseh, DJ Wyldeflower, DJ Andres Renteria
2478 N Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA, 90039
Doors 4:00 PM / Show 5:00 PM
Watch & Listen
Harupin-Ha Dance Theater
Koichi and Hiroko Tamano were among the very first to perform Ankoku Butoh, which translates literally to “the dance of darkness.” The genre emerged in the late 1950s in post-atomic bomb Japan. It was created by two dancers, Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata, who sought to create a new, uniquely Japanese form of expression that completely rebelled against the Establishment, and both Eastern tradition and Western styles. Koichi joined Hijikata’s dance company in 1960, as did Hiroko a few years later. Hijikata encrouaged the Tamanos to introduce Butoh to the United States. The Tamano’s performance in the 1976 “Japan Now” exhibition at SFMOMA was the first Butoh seen by an American audience and made a big sensation. The Tamanos moved their dance company Harupin-Ha from Tokyo to Berkeley, California in 1979 with the blessings and encouragement of their teacher. For decades the Tamanos lead dance workshops in Berkeley and also operated the restaurants, Country Station and Tamasei, which served as meeting places for the dance and theater communities of the Bay Area. They are known for their holistic approach to the art of Butoh. The Mayor of the City of Berkeley, California declared March 28th, 2017 to be the “Koichi and Hiroko Tamano Day.”
The Tamanos will be giving a 4-hour dance workshop on Monday May 14, 5-9pm at Pieter dance space. Tickets are available. Advance purchase recommended.
Pieter is located at:
420 West Avenue 33
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Roxanne Steinberg dances to transcend familiar vocabularies and bring about a heightened sense of perception, connectivity and flow of primordial associations. A graduate of Bennington College, she has been leading Body Weather Laboratory, a format for training developed in Japan, since 1988. She has performed worldwide as a soloist and with her partner Oguri, sister Morleigh Steinberg, and composers and musicians Yas-Kaz, Paul Chavez, Kenta Nagai, Tatsuya Nakatani, Leon Mobley, Myra Melford, Alex Cline, Pheeroan Aklaff, Motoko Honda, Will Salmon. Other collaborators include dancers Min Tanaka and Amagatsu of Sankai Juku, and artists Hirokazu Kosaka, Carole Kim and Bill Viola. Roxanne has taught at UCLA, Cal Arts, Cal State Los Angeles, Sci Arc, Pomona College, and Harvard Westlake, among others. She has been engaged in Lauren Bon’s art practice and the Metabolic Studio in Los Angeles since 2005, and produces and co-directs Flower of the Season dance series at the Electric Lodge in Venice where she has been artist-in-residence and co-leading training with Oguri since 1997.
In 1988, she founded Body Weather Laboratory in Los Angeles with Melinda Ring and has been teaching and performing with dancer Oguri since 1990. Morleigh Steinberg’s award winning film Traveling Light featured Steinberg and Oguri. Her work has been presented at REDCAT in Los Angeles, and at The Flea (Dance Conversations) and Basilica Hudson in New York. Part of the Arcane Collective, she danced in Cold Dream Colour — Homage to Louis Le Broquy, choreographed by Morleigh Steinberg and Oguri, which premiered in Dublin and was presented at REDCAT, in Portland, Oregon, and at The Guggenheim in New York. Her most recent project, Caddy! Caddy! Caddy! William Faulkner Dance Project, toured nationally and will be presented at the Hammer Museum in November 2016 by Lightning Shadow, the dance company she shares with Oguri.
Boaz Barkan is a performer and creator living in Denmark, with a contemporary and experimental dance and performance background. After studying at CalArts, he worked and performed for many years with both the dance artist Oguri and dance innovator Anna Halprin. Barkan has created numerous solo and group works presented in diverse venues internationally. He is currently curating a movement/sound project in Denmark and a dance project in South Africa dealing with the environmental effects of mining. In recent years, Barkan has collaborated with several different artists in the emerging field of interactive performance, focusing on audience co-creation, and the use of interactive technology outside the traditional performance space.
Boaz will be giving a workshop at Pieter on Thursday May 10, 11am - 2pm. It will be a three-hour lab focused on the practice of Telling Dance. Embodied speech, as the intersection, overlapping, cross breading of language, speech and dance. Boaz's practice is based in Body Weather training.
The Dance Workshop will be held at Pieter:
420 West Avenue 33
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Odeya Nini is a Los Angeles based experimental vocalist and contemporary composer. At the locus of her interest is performance practices, textural harmony, gesture, tonal animation, and the illumination of minute sounds, in works spanning chamber music to vocal pieces and collages of musique concrète. Her solo vocal work extends the dimension and expression of the voice and body, creating a sonic and physical panorama of silence to noise and tenderness to grandeur. Odeya has collaborated extensively with dancers, visual artists, filmmakers and theater directors as both a composer and soloist and has worked with and appeared in works by artists and ensembles such as Meredith Monk, Butch Morris, Lucy & Jorge Orta, wild Up and The Industry. Odeya's work has been presented at venues and festivals across the US and internationally, such as The Hammer Museum, REDCAT, Joyce Soho, MONA and Art Basel Miami, from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv, Australia, Mongolia, Madagascar and Vietnam. She has lectured on contemporary vocal techniques and composition at the university level and leads workshops exploring the creative and healing qualities of voice and movement. Odeya holds a BFA from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and an MFA in composition from California Institute of the Arts.
Kimberly Miguel Mullen
Kimberly Miguel Mullen, M.A. is an international touring dance artist and cultural ethnologist who travels the world to create links among cultures through the expression of dance. The Los Angeles Times has described her movement as "spectacularly supple," owing to her natural beauty, grace and technical expression of sacred and secular cultural dance forms from the Caribbean, Cuba & Brazil. Among her many achievements over the course of her 20+ year professional dance career, she is a University Dance Professor, a solo performance artist, an award winning DVD Dance Artist, Retreat facilitator, and Co-Founder of Tambor Y Danza, a travel study program across Cuba. She offers spirited AfroCaribe & AfroBrazilian dance classes, workshops, residencies, retreats and cultural arts immersion programs worldwide. www.kimberlymiguelmullen.com
Jasmine Albuquerque and Emeka Simmons
Jasmine Albuquerque is a choreographer, dancer and teacher based in Los Angeles. She is co-founder of WIFE and has performed with companies such as Hysterica, Blue13 Bollywood Collage Dance Theater and Ryan Heffington's Fingered. Jasmine has choreographed music videos for St. Vincent, Devendra Banhart, Ry X, Monica Dogra and danced in videos for Beck Laura Marling, Rodrigo Amarante, Lawrence Rothman, Verve Records, Fitz & The Tantrums, MIKA and Morcheeba. She has a degree in History from UCLA and trained in contemporary dance at The Edge Performing Arts Center and in Budapest, Hungary. She has been teaching dance in Los Angeles for the past thirteen years and is currently working on a new piece for the Walker Museum, 2019.
Emeka Simmons is the founder and director of LEsprit d’Afrique, a Pan-African Performance Art Ensemble. He is a dancer, choreographer and cultural ambassador originally from Tallahassee, Florida. Emeka has performed with Omo Ashe, an Afro-Cuban performance Ensemble, N’zingha Camara's West African dance company Le Ballet Kouman Kele, and Pastina's Garden of Capoeira de Angola, Viver Brazil and Ballet Folklorico do Brazil. In 2005 Emeka became a principal dancer with Contra Tiempo an Urban Latin Dance Theater Company. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1997, he has taught, choreographed and performed locally at UCLA Royce Hall, Highways Performance Space, REDCAT Disney Hall, Alex Theater, Skirball Cultural Center, Ford Amphitheater, 24th Street Theater and UCLA Kaufman Theater to name a few. Internationally, he has performed in Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico and has shared the stage with artists like Damien (Jr. Gong) Marley, Smokey Robinson, Lazaro Gallaraga, Nzingha Camara, Quetzal Guerrero and Aakon.
Zena Bibler is a dancer and writer based in Venice, CA. Her work has been presented in the US and internationally at venues including Pieter Performance Space, HomeLA, the Domestic Performance Agency, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Lublin International Dance Theatre Festival, Museum Perron Oost, Cairo Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival, NADA Hudson, and Movement Research at the Judson Church. She has facilitated classes and other sensorimotor experiences at CLASSCLASSCLASS, UCLA, The New Museum, Parsons, The New School, and Electric Fish Studio. She is co-founder with Katie Schetlick of the Movement Party and Fleet Moves Dance Festival and is currently pursuing a PhD at the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. She is indebted to her teachers, heroes, and partners-in-the-dance who are too numerous to mention, but are nonetheless always present in the dancing.
Born and raised in Altadena, California, Lindsey Lollie received her BFA in dance after attending California Institute of the Arts. Lollie's movement influences and training stem from modern and contemporary dance, gaga, house and improvisation techniques. Occasionally crossing into performance art, Lollie's vocabulary blurs between dance form and pedestrian language of the body, highliting the human experience. Lollie creates for both site specific and proscenium spaces. She has presented works for Celebrate Dance, The Electric Lodge, LA Dance Festival, ARC, Redcat Spring Studio, HOME LA, CALARTS Commuter Festival, Automata, The Miles Memorial Playhouse and as a guest artist for LA Contemporary Dance Company. Lollie has been a mover with company szalt in Los Angeles for 5 years.
Rebecca Bruno and Yann Novak
Rebecca Bruno is a dance artist working across performance and visual art. Her work investigates awareness, material, language and embodiment in relation to social and environmental change. She received a BA in Dance from the University of California San Diego in 2008 and conservatory training at The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance 2005-2006 and MELT in New York, NY 2008. In 2013 Bruno founded homeLA, a performance project dedicated to dance process in private space working collaboratively with body-based artists and Los Angeles residents. One-person exhibitions of her work have been presented at Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2016); Norton Simon Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2016), the Annenberg Community Beach House, Los Angeles, CA (2015); and PAM Residencies, Los Angeles, CA (2014).
Yann Novak is an artist, composer, and curator based in Los Angeles. His work is guided by his interests in perception, context, movement, and the felt presence of direct experience. Through the use of sound and light, Novak explores how these intangible materials can act as catalysts to focus our awareness on our present location in space and time. Novak’s diverse body of works—audiovisual installations, performances, architectural interventions, sound diffusions, recording, and prints—ask participants to reclaim the present moment as a political act.
Legg Lake is an iterative project by LA-based sound artist, Albert Ortega + a rotating cast of collaborators – often masters of a specialized practice. For tonight’s program, Albert Ortega presents a video short featuring choreographer Jillian Stein & dancers. Shot on location at a subsection of Whittier Narrows Recreation Area known as Legg Lake.
Albert Ortega (b. 1971) is a sound artist from Los Angeles producing works that bring otherwise occluded nuances into focus.
Jillian Stein (b. 1982) is a Los Angeles based artist. Her artistic practice stems from the idea of the paradoxical body.
INNOV GNAWA IS A GRAMMY-NOMINATED MUSICAL COLLECTIVE DEDICATED TO EXPLORING MOROCCO’S VENERABLE GNAWA MUSIC TRADITION IN THE HEART OF NEW YORK CITY. FORMED IN THE SUMMER OF 2014 BY MOROCCAN EXPAT SAMIR LANGUS, THE GROUP DRAWS ON THE CONSIDERABLE TALENTS AND EXPERTISE OF HASSAN BEN JAAFER, A MAÂLEM, OR MASTER GNAWA MUSICIAN, ORIGINALLY FROM FEZ, MOROCCO. UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF BEN JAAFER, INNOV HAS DELVED DEEP INTO THE ROOTS AND RITUALS OF GNAWA MUSIC, AND MADE A BIG SPLASH IN NYC, PLAYING SOME OF THE CITY’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS ROOMS INCLUDING LINCOLN CENTER, MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN BOWL AND THE STORIED BACKROOM OF BROOKLYN’S BARBÈS.
FOR THE UNINITIATED, GNAWA MUSIC IS THE RITUAL TRANCE MUSIC OF MOROCCO’S BLACK COMMUNITIES, ORIGINALLY DESCENDED FROM SLAVES AND SOLDIERS ONCE BROUGHT TO MOROCCO FROM NORTHERN MALI AND MAURITANIA. OFTEN CALLED “THE MOROCCAN BLUES”, GNAWA MUSIC HAS A RAW, HYPNOTIC POWER THAT’S FASCINATED OUTSIDERS AS DIVERSE AS WRITER/COMPOSER PAUL BOWLES, JAZZ GIANT RANDY WESTON AND ROCK GOD JIMI HENDRIX. THE MUSIC IS UTTERLY SINGULAR, PLAYED ON AN ARRAY OF UNIQUE INSTRUMENTS — FROM THE LUTE-LIKE SINTIR THAT THE MAÂLEM USES TO CALL THE TUNE, TO THE METAL QARQABA (CASTANETS) WITH WHICH THE KOUYOS (CHORUS) KEEP TIME AND POUND OUT CLATTERING, HYPNOTIC RHYTHMS.
HAILED BY BROOKLYN MAGAZINE AS ONE OF THE "5 BANDS YOU NEED TO KNOW IN BROOKLYN'S ARABIC MUSIC SCENE", INNOV GNAWA MAKE GREAT USE OF THIS TRADITIONAL REPERTOIRE, AND ADD THEIR OWN, CONTEMPORARY SPIN WITH ADDITIONAL AFRICAN AND LATIN PERCUSSION. TAKEN AS A WHOLE, THIS EXCITING NEW OUTFIT WORKS HARD TO FUSE A CENTURIES OLD NORTH AFRICAN TRADITION WITH THE PULSE AND ATTITUDE OF NEW YORK CITY NOW.
“Version Sounds is my interpretation of radio communication, my version. At its roots, the show credits reggae dub for adding so much to the music we listen to today. From there the branches continue to sprout via a myriad of genres and time spans. Colombian cumbias meet Germanic techno dub meets British twee pop. Stereolab and Sun Ra lounge around as Stars of the Lid jam with Prince Jammy. You never know what to expect but you are guaranteed that the now sounds of 2018 will have a toast with the happening sonics of 1968 and beyond!”
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