OCT 24-25, FRI-SAT at 8PM
Join the women of vîv for a full-evening presenting work by Kathleen Hermesdorf & Albert Mathias, Bianca Cabrera, and more. vîv began in 2013 with 8 women determined to re-create the underlying conditions and working methods in dance. They are rethinking how to practice together, build community, and create dance through joy and collaboration.
Class: 6:30-8:00PM (Beginning-Intermediate Level)
Instructor for September: Mihyun Lee
$15 Single Class, $5 Single Jam, $18 for both
Contact Improvisation Contact as Connection with Mihyun Lee
This class provides tools for increasing body-and self-awareness with curiosity; How do you find connections with yourself, others, environment, floor and the earth? Have you ever had a small talk with your fingers and toes? How do you communicate and play with others safely in nonverbal way without knowing who they are and what potential risks might there be? We do not know the answer until we experience. However, our body knows the answer already. In this class, we will become more aware of our strengths and limitations through this practice, acknowledging our body wisdom as well.
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NOV 7-16, FRI-SAT at 8PM, SUN at 7PM
Kimpa Vita! is a music, dance and theater narrative told through the dual lens of Kongolese and African American cultural arts traditions, exploring the controversial life of Kongolese prophet and martyr, Mama Kimpa Vita. At the heart of Kimpa Vita! are movement and poetry set to a musical score that layers the wailing cadence of African American spirituals with the textured harmonies of traditional Kongolese song and percussion.
Co-presenters: Chinese Cultural Center, Fua Dia Congo, and Tulamuisi Media Arts
Guest Moderators: Jesse Hewit and Larry Arrington
Guest curator Jesse Hewit asks: How do we address a dominant system of values about art, in which the worth of our artistry is measured by our ability to produce a string of sellable art-objects/deliverables? How do we insist on the value of our practices; the actions that exist long before and after our “pieces” are done, our funding is dry, and our careers have likely been made socio-economically impossible? Let’s rally around practice, look at it closely, let it compose our reality, honor it obsessively, and allow it to give us connectivity, catharsis, and criticality.
This salon will address, question and unpack the notions of practice and making in relation to dance. Hewit and Arrington will be joined by panelists Dia Dear, Nina Haft, Margaret Jenkins, Brontez Purnell, and Sara Shelton Mann—together with the audience—to engage deeply in this conversation.