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Send Pappas and Dancers to perform at the 2012 Risk/Reward Festival in Portland, OR!

What we're doing

Pappas and Dancers has been invited to perform our work, a dance concerning itself with history and memory, at the 2012 Risk/Reward Festival in Portland, OR on June 23 and 24. This is a gathering of cutting edge dance, theater and performance groups from around the west produced by Hand2Mouth Theatre. We are so proud to have been invited!

While Risk/Reward is paying us to perform, and finding us couches to sleep on, our costs are still significant. This project features contributions from choreographer, Rebecca Pappas; performers, Jesse Saler, and Genevieve Carson; composer, Chris Danforth; and lighting designer, Chris Kuhl. Risk/Reward is an opportunity for us to workshop the piece for five days, first in intensive rehearsals, and then in performance. In order for all five of us to travel to Portland and eat for five days we need to raise $2200. This includes:

$1400- Travel to Portland

$500- Food in Portland

$300- Costumes and other production expenses

We are hoping you can help us today by pledging any amount. Click on the icons to the right to give. Thank you!

PLEASE NOTE: We are in the process of transferring our fiscal sponsorship but donations can be tax deductible. Let us know in a message if this is important to you and we will ensure your donation is properly credited.

A dance concerning itself with history and memory (adciwham) is an investigation into remembering and forgetting; it is an attempt to dislodge, recombine, and mix up the past. We imagine it as a grand ritual for forgetting. 

The dance has been in development since 2010 and drafts of adciwham have been produced at Pieterpasd in Los Angeles, The Construction Company in New York City, Craftswoman House in Pasadena, and, most recently, as part of the Studio Series at REDCAT in Los Angeles.

Special thanks to performers who've appeared in previous iterations including: Rebecca Bruno, Romina Daniela Rodriguez-Crosta, Harmony Bench, and Kevin Williamson.

More of what we do

Check out this trailer for Monster, our last evening-length work.

Who we are

Genevieve Carson, Performer

Genevieve Carson was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska.  She graduated Cum Laude from Chapman University, where she received her BFA in Dance Performance and was named “Most Outstanding Senior” by her department.  Carson is currently choreographing, performing, and teaching throughout Los Angeles. Ms. Carson’s choreographic work has been produced at the Celebrate Dance Fesitval, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles Dance Invitational, the Standard Hotel, American College Dance Festival, the Pulse Showcase, and the Waltmar Theatre.  She has also set choreography for a Comedy Central series as well as a nationally produced commercial by Adult Swim.  She has performed with Arianne MacBean’s The Big Show Co. , Pappas and Dancers, Bare Dance Company, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, and currently, the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company.  She teaches contemporary and modern technique at the Oakwood School and is a certified Bar Method instructor.  She is very grateful to be working with Rebecca Pappas once again!

Christopher Danforth, Composer

Christopher Danforth is an electroacoustic and experimental music composer and instrument inventor living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied composition under Henry Gwiazda and received a BA in Music from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. He has won awards from the Jerome Foundation, the American Music Center and Meet the Composer. His electroacoustic music has been presented at various new music festivals including the The MATA Festival, Electronic Music Midwest Festival and the Cal State Fullerton New Music Festival. His compositions have been featured on advertising campaigns, interactive websites and skateboarding videos.  With his ensemble, The Danforths, he has performed his music across the country at venues including the First Avenue Main Room, Le Poison Rouge and the Knitting Factory, and is a 2012 McKnight Fellow. Recordings of The Danforths are available on the Modern Radio Record Label. When he is not experimenting with sound at home, he works as a radio producer for American Public Media and Minnesota Public Radio.

Christopher Kuhl, Lighting Designer

Christopher Kuhl is a lighting and scenic designer based out of Los Angeles, CA and Portland, OR. Currently he one of the resident assistant designers at Center Theatre Group and was also the resident lighting designer at REDCAT for the 2005-2007 seasons. His recent work includes Lighting Design for A Guide to an Exhibitionist, Laundromatinee, Longing in Hong Kong, My Beowulf, Cԏpera receiving a Horton Award nomination (Collage Dance Theatre); Model Behavior, Monster of Happiness receiving an Ovation Award Nomination (Theatre Movement Bazaar); Old Times, Moonlight (Lost Studio); Wasteland arrival (Oni Dance); Because They Have No Words (Lounge Theatre); Dos Pueblos, Project X at the Bumbershoot Festival (Hand 2 Mouth Theatre); Termen Vox Machina (Filament); The Cherry Orchard (evidence Room). Associate Design for Mycenaean (BAM Next Wave) and Drums of the Waves of Horikawa (Theatre of a Two Headed Calf). Lighting Director for The Actors’s Gang National Tour of The Exonerated; Victoria Marks Not about Iraq, and David Rousseve Saudade. He has also assisted regionally at Hartford Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, Portland Center Stage, the Kirk Douglas Theatre, South Coast Rep, and the Geffen Playhouse. He was the recipient of the 2011 Richard E. Sherwood Award from Center Theatre Group for innovative and adventurous theatre artists. Chris is originally from New Mexico and a graduate of Calarts.

Rebecca Pappas, Choreographer

After graduating from Connecticut College in 2001 with a dual degree in Dance and Anthropology, Rebecca Pappas moved to California where she began making work under the name Pappas and Dancers. Between 2003-2006 P and D appeared throughout northern California at venues and festivals including the Monterey Dance Festival, Westwave/Summerfest at Theater Artaud, The Underserved at ODC, The Women on the Way Fest and The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. In 2006 she moved to Los Angeles where she began work on Monster, a project that has been seen in 17 venues in 13 cities nationally and internationally including Tallinn University in Tallinn, Estonia; The Esplanade in Singapore; The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, California; Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut; and Green Street Studios in Boston, Massachusetts. Pappas and Dancers has received choreographic residencies at Yaddo, Dragon’s Egg, Djerassi, UCLA’s Hothouse and Shotwell Studios, and funding from the Clorox Company Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the UCLA/Mellon Initiative for Research on the Holocaust in American and World Culture. Pappas is currently adjunct faculty at Pasadena City College.

Jesse Saler, Performer

Jesse Saler graduated from CalArts (BFA Acting) in 2007 and is a founding member and the Managing Director of Poor Dog Group.  With Poor Dog Group, Jesse has performed and toured throughout Southern California, New York, and Eastern Europe.  Upcoming performances include The Internationalists at South Coast Rep and Dionysia at The Getty Villa.  In addition, Jesse was seen in Medea with UCLA LIVE, Fidelio with LA OPERA, Strom Thurmond is Not A Racist with Blank-The-Dog Productions, and Romeo i Julija: 1968 with Ulysses Theatre in Mali Brijun, Croatia. 


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