Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday's: Who We're Into

by: Jillian Greenberg

A list of artists we feel are making waves. Some are old, and some are new, but performers, visual artists, musical, or not - these young ladies and gentlemen are turning our heads, and making us think:

Jonah Bokaer (movement artist)

Three years ago I watched Jonah Bokaer begin and stop in an never ending movement series at The Guggenheim Museum, called On Vanishing. Inspired by artist Lee Ufan work Marking Infinity. I am still stunned by his work and his points of inspiration. As an audience member at the time I found his work was unlike anything I had ever been exposed to. As time has passed I have been following his developments in movement, thought, and art. This man allows all influences of architecture,  visual art, and auditory art resonant and echo through his body. His collaboration with outside sources creates an environment of unreplicated art.

605 Collective (dance company)

605 Collective based in Vancouver Canada is pushing boundaries of contemporary dance in all senses of the words. Their performing artist are highly physical and exude abilities beyond the humanly form. The company itself uses a highly collaborative process not just moving with one brain and one idea but melding the brilliance of multiple artist creating a uninhibited and unpredictable product.

Jonathan Royse Windham (dancer/choreographer)
Its undisputable this man is truly gifted. Best known for his work with Gallim Dance he has also worked on his own to choreograph and create. A man of many talents. Jonathan Royse Windham performs in a state of release. He leaves nothing hidden, his soul, heart, and body is laid before the audience for all to fall for his bare being.

Ido Portal (movement artist)
Ido is an advocate for movement and healthy living, He views life in a beautiful way of inspiration. He pushes himself to train for no one but himself, he works to improve everyday, not as a mover but as a person. He turns life into an inspiration instead of waiting for life itself to inspire. He never wastes a day or a movement. To me he is the face the voice and the life of dedication and persistence.

Yin Yue (moving artist)
I have just discovered the power of this woman! A brilliant artist connecting the mind to the body, she is pushing movement to new places. It seems as though she herself flourishes in each of her dancers and in a way she can create in such a way to bountifully let each dancer continue to maintain their own voice. As I watch her choreography my skin crawls and my eyes open wide. I am awed by her ideas with movement both simple and complex combining them in such a way to make all of her ideas so intriguing and fresh.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday's: Who We're Into

 by: Jillian Greenberg

A list of artists we feel are making waves. Some are old, and some are new, but performers, visual artists, musical, or not - these young ladies and gentlemen are turning our heads, and making us think:

Yves Saint Laurent (fashion designer)
Fashion is frequently overlooked in the performing arts field. But it is the combination of dance, architecture, and visual art. Yves Saint Laurent crafts not just clothing but art. Gowns, suits, skirts don’t just lie on a women’s body but create a wistful sculpture; he masterfully creates individual personalities into garments. Models are transformed from women into moving art pieces when his garments are adorned. I am inspired and curious about his visions the colors, their sculpture, and their mood. He envisions women as canvases for stifling elegance and power, which echo’s the importance of woman.

Kendrick Lamar
A man with a passion, he is not in his art for the fame or fortune but he feels as though its something he needs to release.

“Anybody can rap. But there are few who have a special gift from God. I feel like I have it. When people ask me how do I come up with these things, I tell them it’s beyond me.”

“I used to say that to myself. Like with Section.80. [A pervious released album] I was like, I have to come up with an album now!? It not only exceeded the expectations of other people, but mine as well.”

MABBOT, Maureen Cobb (poet)
Maureen Cobb, who writes under the alias of MABBOT, is not known by many but is a brilliant poet. She writes with the most skillful manor of nature. I am in awe of her connection to the Earth and her being as one. She lives and breathes through words stringing them together into sensations.  Check out the book A Gravely Imagined Center.

Beyoncé Knowles
The Queen B. is there more to say. She has transformed the face of beauty, power, and strength for women. She has taken her talent and become so much more. An inspiration to me but also a role model, she strives for something within her art. Continually pushing her vocals, pushing her artistry not just creating top hits but making glorified albums now using film, art, architecture in the sense of fashion, dance, and acting in her work.

(Dance Company)
Man-cing. These men are working together to create full works; each element they add fills a gap. I am shaken, intrigued, and floored by their physicality and artistry.

Wim Vandekeybus
‘I like to challenge my obsessions by imposing new rules on them,’ he says. The easy way is never an option: ‘I like things difficult, so as to be able to enjoy it afterwards and to be able to say that it was all worthwhile.’ –Wim Vandekeybus

Best known for his work on the movie ‘Pina’ I am floored by this man’s risks in art, he drives his film and choreography beyond what we have seen. He is an explorer of art. I am particularly intrigued by his work Blush he taps into something so tribal and animalistic in this work. He works his way into every humans primal instincts tapping into our most naked being. Stripping away our 21st century façade and leaving nothing but our bare beginnings.

Darko Tresnjak (Director)
A visionary.  Artistic Director of Hartford Stage (Hartford, CT) and Director of Broadway show “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” Tresnjak constructs work with fine detail. Having worked with him personally he cares for every element of his work as if it were his baby. He creates a collaborative environment with set designers, lighting directors, actors, and dancers to create these masterful elaborate plays. If anyone were to bring back the glory of the Arts from the Resonances my money would be on this man.

Pilobolus (Dance Theater Company)
Never over looked and never under estimated Pibolous is a true inspiration to me, consistently collaborating, stretching boundaries, and expanding their capacity to find new ways for the body to move. They create not dancers but creatures.

Loni Landon
This woman has changed the way I have preserve art. Every bit of her work is based off something every action every detail comes with a concept an underlying idea, a focus. She constructs and deconstructs movement through thought. Not even the smallest movement is made without intention. That focus, dedication, and intelligence marks in my mind a brilliant artist.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Practicing Everywhere

 by: Eryn Goldstein

Like many New Yorkers, I spend a lot of time traveling around the city. During an average week, the hours I spend walking or riding buses and subway trains far outnumber the hours I spend dancing. Sometimes, this is really frustrating. I miss the daily schedule of classes and rehearsals I could count on while studying dance in college. The good thing is that my body is always with me, so I can practice no matter where I am. It's not always practical to rehearse choreography or do pirouettes while waiting for the bus, but I can walk with my feet relaxed and sit with my spine gently stacked. I have been surprised to find that building good physical habits outside of the studio has helped me break down technical challenges that didn't budge when I was taking classes every day.

Studying dance reminds me in a concrete way that everything in my life is connected. The way I move in my everyday life is necessarily connected to the way I move when I dance. It is very difficult to suddenly change my physical habits when I step into a dance studio. For a long time, I saw this fact as a complicated problem. Lately, however, I have been working to make my body's good memory work in my favor. I focus on creating habits that I want to follow me into the studio, like keeping my hips square while walking. I examine the people around me to find postures and strides that I would like to adopt. Exploring alignment and other basic challenges outside of class makes the most of my time. It means that rather than serving as a way to reverse the effect of moving inefficiently everyday, dance classes can be a place to expand and add sophistication to my dancing.

Now that I am used to it, I almost prefer this way of working. It challenges me to analyze my dancing and identify the basic physical concepts that can help me improve as a dancer. I don't feel the stress I used to have over trying to address all aspects of my dancing at once. I enjoy going to class a few times a week and picking up new ideas, knowing that I can try them out in the less complicated physical world of my "normal" life. I have plenty of time to mull over the things I have discovered, exploring the ways I can work toward the same goals in dance and in life.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Living In Your 20-Somethings

by: Jillian Greenberg

The other day at nameless retail store, with endless amounts of leggings and work-out tops, one of my costumers gushed and gawked over me after I explained to them I was a dancer. “You must be so talented and lucky to do something you love!” As she reached for my hand she continued, “Gosh, I am 30 and I am still wishing that I had passion for my occupation.” I smiled and nodded in agreement of my fortune.

She went on to tell me to “never give up” and to “keep pushing for my dream,” and after she left the store I was left with nothing but emptiness.  I started to think about what I was doing with my life and if I was so passionate how come my passion hadn’t become my occupation. After selling yoga and swim wear for hours I left the store with a cloud over my head. The worry of being 20 something and not yet storming the dance world with skills as an artist flooded my mind. That woman I helped out was 30 and already the CEO of her company meanwhile I was 20 something, selling her yoga pants and I was the lucky one? In self-pity that night I found myself popping back Resee's Peanut Butter Cups and looking through the archives of my life on Facebook. “I had so much going for me in my good old days,” I muttered to myself before passing out in a sugar coma.

Fast-forwarding to the present, this story still seems to loom in the depths of my mind. No matter how happy I try to be the thought of not actually doing what I want hangs in front of me like a wet rag with the worst odor. This morning I ran across this TED talk by Meg Jay about being 20 something. She spoke of the age  and how our brain gets rewired in this time period for adulthood. Being in this confusing place was part of growing up, an “emerging adulthood” time period in our lives.  In our 20's our brain is still trying to figure out who we are and we are still building bridges between various brain regions.  Knowing that I am still not done growing mentally gave me a sense of relief for a minute, but only for a minute. I was then set into a panic thinking about the career of a dancer. I have less time then the overall population! My body can only perform to its maximum for a set time. How does one mature themselves faster then their mental capacity while struggling to be everything they aim to be and to make ends meet?!

I have been so focused on passion and dedication in the dance field and not only that but how to overcome this 20-something blues and be the maximum artist I can be!
It’s an overwhelming life. This sense of uncertainty and consistent search for more than what I have is exhausting and often feels hopeless. Maybe something lives in this age of being 20 something that is good for me. What if it is turned upside down?  And this time of uncertainty I can fill with risk. Surrounding myself with people that inspire me and portraying myself as the person I want to be rather than who I believe I am.
Each day will undoubtedly be a battle but maybe that lady from my store was right. It is a battle I am willing to fight because somewhere I know its worth fighting, and for those days that everything seems hopeless, well...

 I am just 20 something after all.

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company Spring Season 2014

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company is excited for the unveiling of three world premieres during its 2014 NY Spring Season! Guest choreographers Robyn Mineko Williams and Bryan Arias, will accompany Artistic Director Igal Perry March 15th at 7:30pm and March 16th at 2:30pm and 6:30pm! Performances are at the Salvatore Capezio Theater.
Don't forget to join us for the second weekend to see Manuel de Falla's masterpiece "El Amor Brujo" as part of the NY Flamenco Festival! Spanish Flamenco singer Rocío Bazán and Perspectives Ensemble with conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez, will accompany Peridance Contemporary Dance Company for the re-staging of this spanish love story.

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