I am thrilled to be in the studio again with the dancers. During a yearlong recovery from a serious health issue, I had time to reflect on the goals for my company, and now finally, renewed and energized, I'm overjoyed to announce our third season presenting two exciting premieres: Let’s Pretend We’re All Wearing Sunglasses and Bloom. The company tours to Chicago for two performances at the Ruth Page Performing Arts Center, September 14-15, and returns to New York City a week later for two performances at the Manhattan Movement Arts Center, September 21-22. That's only four shows for the entire year. So please do save the dates and come see us!
WE’RE ILLUMINATING THE SUBCONSCIOUS
Let's Pretend We're All Wearing Sunglasses confronts the theme of human desensitization through the exploration of varied topical issues including the abuse of women, environmental dilemmas, and legalized dog fighting. The inspiration for the dance evolved after viewing The Stoning of Soraya M., a true account of an Iranian woman falsely accused of adultery. I found the story so moving that it prompted me to reflect on other atrocities happening to women around the world, which further prompted me to consider other marginalized groups. The work includes spoken text developed in collaboration with the company's nine dancers during the creation process. The dancers and I discussed issues that were important to them. We introduced these ideas and emotions through movement and voice into the dance. In this instance I believe incorporating spoken word gives voice to the more commonly voiceless dancer and contributes additional humanness to Let's Pretend We're All Wearing Sunglasses. Up-and-coming composer M. Anthony Reimer, whose compositions for theater and concert hall often mix electronic, traditional and collected sounds forming layered soundscapes, created the original score.
In creating Bloom, a mystical contemporary work danced barefoot and en pointe, I explored the theme of betrayal from both religious and secular contexts, juxtaposing heterosexual and homosexual couplings and book-ended by a modern take on a court dance. Bloom is set to the sweeping "Summa for Strings," and the "Strings and Cello" and "Cello and Piano" versions of Arvo Pärt’s Fratres'. Happenings, relationships, and references to blame, need, and prejudice bloom and fade like cloud formations, and the work is full of round and thick movement weighted by gesture.
This season’s Collective consists of nine truly magnificent dancers from Columbia, Chicago, Denver, Italy, New York, and San Francisco. Our 2012 company includes former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater star Clifton Brown, and the return of Giorgia Bovo – a critics and audience favorite. Also returning is costume designer Karen Young, of Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour and Matthew Barney’s films Cremaster 1 and 5. You will not want to miss these gifted artists who bring freshness to the new work.
The 2012 Collective Body Dance Lab dancers are Giorgia Bovo, Clifton Brown, Amy Fogarty, Adam Gauzza, Cristian Laverde Koenig, Kathleen Leigh, Amy Miller, Micah Savin, and Shannon Nash Spicer.
Lighting Designer: Brandon Wardell
Videographer: Adam Boyer
WE’RE ASKING YOU TO JOIN US
Our goal is to raise $10,000 to cover part of the artists' fees. As public funding and grants such as the NEA diminish their support levels all arts organizations in the U.S. depend on corporate sponsorship and private funding to meet their financial goals. It is with the understanding and consideration of these fiscal realities that I humbly ask your help in donating to COLLECTIVE BODY | DANCELAB.
WE’RE EXCITED TO SEE YOU
Please save the date for our upcoming premieres! CHICAGO: Ruth Page Performing Arts Center, Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15, 8pm NEW YORK: Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22, 8pm. Tickets available in NYC under Let's Pretend We're All Wearing Sunglasses and in Chicago unders Strings and Stones at www.brownpapertickets.com
COLLECTIVE BODY | DANCELAB is the culminating dream of my 25-year career. I thank you for taking a moment to read about our campaign, watch the video, and help in any way you can.
My sincerest thanks,
Brian Carey Chung
*Images taken at New 42nd Street Studios
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