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In 3 days 2 modern dance groups: from Portland, OR & Mexico, will create a new work for Seattle International Dance Festival
In 3 days 2 modern dance groups: from Portland, OR & Mexico, will create a new work for Seattle International Dance Festival
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1 new work
2 choreographers
2 modern dance companies
3-day workshop
3 countries (US, Poland, Mexico)
3 performances in Portland + 3 performances in Seattle
15 dancers

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HOMELAND INSECURITY is about exploding the modern myth, insanity and fear around the fabricated so-called culture war. Having lived and worked across Europe, in Mexico and now the US, I know shared joy in sincere artistic expression is universal.

In my 'day job' - something new to me, living in the US - language interpretation, I work mostly with Mexicans at medical clinics and in court. Their alienation is often severe. I feel it. It gets into my art. Both in and outside the studio, I struggle with the issue of 'identity'. I'm no longer certain what 'homeland' means, what 'security' means.

                                   Agnieszka Laska Dancers - photo © 2008 Chris Leck 

I've toured my company to Poland once and every few years I take them to perform with companies in Mexico. I also facilitate Mexican companies to come here. Ciudad Interior is the 4th Mexican company I am bringing to perform in Portland and Seattle.

Artists coming to the US often feel insecure. Homeland Security may deny entry to anyone, without warning, without reason. Twice in 10 years Mexican colleagues were turned away. Zimmerman won't return after his touring Steinway was destroyed by US Customs.

This project brings together artists, across borders, across cultures. In fact, cultures not so very different - cultures that deserve a lot of 'myth busting' - stereotypes stifle us all. 

American artists are not all about Pop. Mexican artists are not all about Mariachi. Dance theatre artists the world over ARE a lot about engaging corporeal expression, riveting drama and gripping music; especially when it's honest and about real lives.

                Claudia Izquierdo (Ciudad Interior) in Erotica - photo © 2010 Elena Baca 

Support for HOMELAND INSECURITY goes toward a weekend of collaborative live dance theatre performances at Portland's Zoomtopia, a weekend at Beyond the Threshold Seattle Internationals Dance Festival, plus work-shop sessions in between. 

Performance dates:

June 3-5 @ 7:30 PM
The Mouth @ ZOOMTOPIA — 810 SE Belmont
Portland, OR

June 11th @ 12:00 and 1:00 PM
Art on the Fly – McGraw Square
500 Stewart Street, Seattle, WA

June 12th – @ 7:30 PM
Raisbeck Performance Hall (Cornish College of the Arts)
2015 Boren Ave
Seattle, WA

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    you will receive love and good vibes from the artists and the great feeling that you are supporting live art by dedicated professional performers! + your name and a thank you on the ALDancers website: http://aldancers.org/

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    #1 & #2 and the edited DVD from our international production Lamentatio

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    #1 - #3 and an ALD picture of your choice from our great Chris Leck collection : check http://photostore.chrisleck.com/Dance/Agnieszka-Laska-Dancers

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    #1 #2 #3 and two complimentary tickets to our Portland performances June 3-5 at 7:30PM + edited DVD from the HOMELAND INSECURITY performances.

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    Two complimentary tickets to our Portland performances June 3-5 at 7:30PM and all of the above rewards, + edited DVD from the HOMELAND INSECURITY performances with the special dedication to you only.

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    Two complimentary tickets to our Portland performances June 3-5 at 7:30PM and all of the above rewards, plus I’ll cook dinned for you and your friends (4 person total) to be served and my friend Connie’s condo at 15th floor of Portland Plaza. My famous walnut cake included!

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    Two complimentary tickets to our Portland performances June 3-5 at 7:30PM + #1-7 plus a private performance of Agnieszka Laska Dancers at location of your choice (if you are located more than 25 miles from Portland, OR — you will provide transportation for the dancers and the table)

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