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KING BRITT x ANONYMOUS BODIES
HAPPY HOUR EVENT @ FIDGET SPACE (1714 N. MASCHER ST)
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30TH, 5-9PM
JUST PLEDGE $20 TO THIS KICKSTARTER FOR ADMISSION TO THE PARTY AND YOUR NAME WILL AUTOMATICALLY GO ON THE GUEST LIST. $20 ADMISSION INCLUDES COMPLIMENTARY WINE, BEER, AND SNACKS!
All tickets sales go towards the creation + premiere of MASH UP BODY, a new performance installation choreographed by Kate Watson-Wallace, with music by Christopher Sean Powell (ManMan) + video by Ricardo Rivera (klip collective) + dramaturgy by Jaamil Kosoko.
Check out more about MASH UP BODY here: http://mashupbody.tumblr.com/
WHO WE ARE:
My name is Kate Watson-Wallace. I am an artist, who creates live performance.
HERE IS SOME MORE ABOUT ME:
Kate Watson-Wallace (choreographer, co-director, anonymous bodies) is a choreographer and visual artist. She has received numerous awards for her choreography including: A Pew Fellowship in the Arts in Choreography, two Map Fund Grants and a Doris Duke Exploration grant through Creative Capital, multiple grants from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, The PA Council on the Arts, The Independence Foundation and Penn PAT. She has choreographed music videos for: Black Dice, Animal Collective, and Dead Skeletions. Recent Ballet Commissions include: Ballet X and Meredith Rainey/Carbon Dance Theater. She co-directs anonymous bodies with Jaamil Kosoko. They have shown work at venues nationally, including: The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop, Dance Place, ODC Dance, Velocity Dance, Movement Research at Judson Church, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, and Dance New Amsterdam. Kate creates site-based installation. Works include HOUSE, a performance for 15 audience members inside an abandoned row home, CAR, an audience for 4 audience members who sit inside a moving vehicle, STORE, a performance installation inside an abandoned mega-store, and Everywhere, a participatory on-line dance experience, and contest. www.katewawa.com
WHAT IS THIS PROJECT:
MASH UP BODY is a new performance installation choreographed by Kate Watson-Wallace, created in collaboration with musician Christopher Sean Powell, dramaturge Jaamil Kosoko, and dancers Devynn Emory, Jasmine Hearn, Cori Olinghouse, and Marjani Forte. Mash Up Body is a meditation on multi-layered identity, and the many attentions and influences we have in our body. Part runway, part club, part proscenium, this experience is a series of confessionals. In it, we become you, and each other. This performance is an experiment in becoming fierce, fragile, unadorned. We are inside a dream. The logic is new to us. We use our bodies as channels to conjure memories of each other, and play people we are not.
Some rules (which you can follow or not), when watching this dance:
1. There is no hidden narrative or story that you need to figure out
2. The logic of the dance mirrors how the mind works—it is sometimes random, multi-layered, and has many attentions.
3. Maybe this dance follows the rules of a dream, more than a “waking” mind
4. Maybe this dance is a version of what happens when your mind wanders
Christopher Sean Powell (musician/composer) (aka Pow Pow, aka Pay Pow, aka Powserati) is a self-taught rhythm scholar, producer, and beat-maker living in Philadelphia, PA. As a main contributor in the Philadelphia art and sound collective Need New Body, which fused improvisation with popular song structures, Powell began a career of international recording and performance, creating music at the nexus of art and entertainment. Since 1999, he has collaborated and toured worldwide with a diverse spectrum of artists and musicians, including the Sun Ra Arkestra and the Boredoms. Powell’s work in the eclectic and high energy Philadelphia band Man Man (ANTI Records) has helped focus his talent as a leader in the live performance context. Together with Griffin Rodriguez, Powell explores popular music based on jazz and non-Western rhythms as the Los Angeles production duo Icy Demons. His latest projects include Adventuredrum, a conceptually-based performance Powell composes for an ensemble of drummers, Spaceship Aloha, a solo project mixing Polynesian-infused beats in an electronic soundscape, and Mash Up Body, a collaboration with avant-garde choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace and video artist Ricardo Rivera. http://www.christopherseanpowell.com
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko (dramaturge/co-director,anonymous bodies) is a producer, curator, poet, choreographer, and performance artist. He is a 2012 Live Arts Brewery Fellow as a part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, a 2011 Fellow as a part of the DeVos Institute of Art Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and an inaugural graduate member of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University. Rooted in a creative mission to push history forward, Kosoko’s work in theater and dance has received support from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, The Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, The Joyce Theater Foundation, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. His new solo performance work entitled other.explicit.body. premiered in April 2012 and is currently touring nationally. As a performer, Kosoko has created original roles in the performance works of Nick Cave, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Keely Garfield Dance, Miguel Gutierrez and The Powerful People, Headlong Dance Theater among others. Kosoko’s poems have been published in The American Poetry Review, Poems Against War, The Dunes Review, and Silo, among other publications. In 2011, Kosoko published Notes on an Urban Kill-Floor: Poems for Detroit (Old City Publishing). He is a contributing correspondent for Dance Journal (PHL), the Broad Street Review (PHL), and Critical Correspondence (NYC). Visit: www.philadiction.org for more information.
Cori Olinghouse (dancer) makes dances that explore the shapeshifting capacities of the body, space, and time. Her work has been presented by Danspace Project, The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Bennington College, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Roulette, Dixon Place, Joyce SoHo, and Movement Research. Cori danced for the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2002-2006. In 2005, Cori began a dancing dialogue with Bill Irwin and has since been researching a variety of movement forms that explore physical transformation including: eccentric dance, clown, and voguing. Cori was a Movement Research Artist-in-residence (2009-2011). She is also an AmSat certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and maintains a private practice in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Visit http://ghostlinesproject.tumblr.com/ for more information on Cori's current project.
Jasmine Hearn (dancer) isa native Houstonian, graduated magna cum laude from from Point Park University with her B.A. in Dance. She has had the wonderful opportunity to have performed premiere works by Helen Simoneau, Mark Dendy, and Robert Battle. She has danced with the Houston Met Dance Company, Dance Alloy Theater, the August Wilson Dance Ensemble, and the Pillow Project. Jasmine currently moves with the Staycee Pearl dance project (PGH), Marjani Forte (NYC), anonymous bodies (PHIL), and she also creates her own work that has premiered in the Pittsburgh area.
devynn emory (dancer) is a NY based choreographer/dancer, born and raised in Philadelphia, trained classically before breaking free at The University of the Arts. As a transgenderqueer, they strive to make space for gender variant bodies on stage with their companydevynnemory/beastproductions. They are concluding a Studio Series Residency at NYLA this June. As a dancer, devynn currently works for Headlong Dance Theater and has been last seen in “More” that has been touring since 2009 after a two year creative dialog with Tere O’Connor. emory has also signed on to a two-year project with O’Connor that begins this May of 2012.
Emory has danced with Daria Fain's Phoneme Choir, Faye Driscoll, Yve Laris Cohen, Jen Rosenblit, and Vanessa Anspaugh in NY and with Jerome Bel, Rennie Harris Pure Movement, Kate Watson Wallace and Paule Turner Duchess in PHL. emory’s choreographic endeavors include a 2010 Fresh Tracks Resident at NYLA, a 2011 studio residency at BAX, and a 2012 studio series at NYLA
Marjani Fortè (dancer) is a Los Angeles, CA native and Harlem resident. She graduated with a B.A. in Marketing and Dance from Loyola Marymount University and attended Los Angeles High School for the Arts. She was a 5yr member of Urban Bush Women Dance Co., and has worked with Earl Moseley, Garth Fagan, Blondell Cummings, Nia Love's BSD|dance. She is now co-founder of LOVE|FORTÉ A COLLECTIVE- a research/process, performance, and teaching geared collective with a commitment to social and politically conscious art making, that connects the human experience through time. [loveforte.org]
Risks and challenges
MASH UP BODY is premiering spring 2013 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh, PA, where I have been in residence for the last year. In order to make this show happen the way we imagine it, we need to raise some extra money to pay the dancers and designers at a good rate, hire a production manager, and stylists. This money will allow us to continue our research with the dancers, beyond the initial funding from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, through Dance Advance, and KST. It will pay dancer/designer per diems and travel. Essentially, it will keep us happy and dancing throughout 2013.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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