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"One of the best representatives of Greek avant-garde,

Elli Papakonstantinou never ceases to surprise us."


ATHINORAMA, Maria Kryou

 

ODC ENSEMBLE (ATHENS, GREECE)

WITH

THE DIRECTORS COMPANY (NYC)

PRESENT

THE NEW YORK PREMIERE OF

 

OEDIPUS:

Sex with Mum Was Blinding

 

AN IMMERSIVE OPERA

CONCEIVED, WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY

2018-19 FULBRIGHT ARTIST'S AWARD RECIPIENT

ELLI PAPAPAKONSTANTINOU

 

ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSED BY

TILEMACHOS MOUSSAS AND JULIA KENT

 

CINEMATIC ENVIRONMENTS BY
STEPHANIE SHERRIFF

 

FEATURING 

NASSIA GOFA, ANASTASIA KATSINAVAKI, LITO MESSINI, 

JULIA KENT (CELLO), MISHA PIATIGORSKY (PIANO), 

HASSAN ESTAKHRIAN AND BARBARA NERNESS (ELECTROACOUSTIC ENVIRONMENTS)

 

STRICTLY-LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25- SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 ONLY

 

BAM FISHER

321 ASHLAND PLACE, BROOKLYN, NY

 

 

Award-winning international theatre company ODC Ensemble, based in Athens, Greece, with New York City's The Directors Company, proudly present the New York premiere of the innovative cinematic opera "OEDIPUS: Sex with Mum Was Blinding." Conceived, written, and directed by 2018-19 Fulbright Artist's Award recipient Elli Papakonstantinou, "OEDIPUS: Sex with Mum Was Blinding" has original music composed by Tilemachos Moussas and Julia Kent performed live into an array of surreal cinematic environments created by Stephanie Sherriff. "OEDIPUS: Sex with Mum Was Blinding" will play a strictly limited engagement at BAM Fisher (Fishman Space), located at 321 Ashland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217, from Wednesday, September 25 - Sunday, September 29, 2019. Tickets to "OEDIPUS: Sex with Mum Was Blinding" are $30 General Admission and are available at https://tickets.bam.org/production/?pid=21720.

 

An immersive opera which mixes traditional performance with cutting-edge technology and emerging neuroscience, the production draws narrative inspiration from Sophocles' classic tragedy Oedipus Rex. A 2018-19 Fulbright Artist's Award recipient and visiting scholar at Stanford University; 2018-19 "Music Theatre Now" international award recipient, Elli creates her own visually striking, lyric adaptation and explores engaging audiences in a new radical way. By using new technologies which turn the audience into the actual chorus of the opera, the piece rediscovers the community at the heart of a political performance, as it was in the ancient times.

 

Mythology, pop cultural references, and gender reexaminations feed into this unique theatrical mashup, as an all-female acting ensemble of opera singers, led by a female Oedipus, and jazz vocalists join forces with musical virtuosos (live augmented cello, piano & new instruments) on stage for a deep dive into a haunting mind game.

 

Partly developed during the director's stay at the Center for Computer Research in Music & Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford University, "OEDIPUS: Sex with Mum Was Blinding" also has artists and scientists joining forces on a new neuroscientific case study. The study explores the questions: "Are we free?," "Dο we experience free will?," Are there real alternatives, or is all that takes place the outcome of necessity?" An exploration into Determinism and Self, the answers describe either our majesty or captivity.

 

The advisor to the project is Professor Manos Tsakiris, Professor of Psychology, University of London (manostsakiris.com).

 

"OEDIPUS: Sex with Mum Was Blinding" was presented at CCRMA, Stanford University on April 4, 2019, produced by ODC Ensemble. The limited engagement at BAM Fisher is the beginning of an international tour. The next staging will take place in Athens, Greece later this fall, with the participation of cognitive scientists from The Warburg Institute, University of London.

 

The cast of "OEDIPUS: Sex with Mum Was Blinding" at BAM Fisher (Fishman Space) includes Nassia Gofa, Elias Husiak, Anastasia Katsinavaki, Theodora Loukas, Lito MessiniMisha PiatigorskyManos Tsakiris and musicians Julia Kent (cello) and Misha Piatigorsky (piano).

 

Electroacoustic environments are provided by Hassan Estakrian and Barbara Nerness.

 

This event is presented by ODC Ensemble with The Directors Company. BAM house and ticketing policies may not apply. BAM Membership benefits do not apply.

 

"OEDIPUS: Sex with Mum Was Blinding" is supported by the Hellenic Republic, Ministry of Culture and Sports; the Neon Foundation; the J.F. Costopoulos FoundationODC Ensemble; CCRMA; Stanford University; BIAS and the School of Advanced Studies, University of London.

 

ARTISTS AND COLLABORATORS 

Concept, stage direction and libretto: Elli Papakonstantinou

Music composition: Tilemachos Moussas, Julia Kent

Real time cinematic environments: Stephanie Sherriff

Scientific advisor: Professor Manos Tsakiris

Light design: Elli Papakonstantinou

Real time audio development: Constantin Basica 

Masks concept, design and materialization: Maritina Keleri & Chrysanthi Avloniti 

Costumes: Jolene Richardson

 

Performers:

Nassia Gofa - Jocasta / Chorus 

Elias Husiak- Boy

Anastasia Katsinavaki - Teiresias / Chorus

Theodora Loukas - Woman

Lito Messini - Oedipus / Chorus

Misha Piatigorsky - MC 

Manos Tsakiris - Researcher

                

Julia Kent - cello

Misha Piatigorsky - piano

Barbara Nerness - live electronics

 

Hassan Estakhrian, Stephanie Sherriff: Real time video

 

Cinematic Environment team

Video production lead: Stephanie Sherriff

Technical developer: Simona Fitcal, Hassan Estakhrian (US)

Video Production Assistant (Greece): Cemre Deniz Kara

Technical Assistant (Greece): Lefteris Zimianitis 

 

Executive Producer: Elli Papakonstantinou/ODC 

General Manager: Leah Michalos

Production Manager: Antonis Peristerakos, Theodora Loukas (US)

Director's Assistant (US) /Stage Manager: Madelein Whitesell

Director's Assistant (Greece): Anastasia Katsinavaki, Ageliki Karistinou

Publicist: Michelle Tabnick, Bill Coyle

Photography: Karol Jarek, Elias Moraitis (Greece) 

Videography: Ashleigh McArthur

 

BIOGRAPHIES

 

ELLIPAPAPAKONSTANTINOU (Creator, Libretto, Director) creates live performances with an emphasis on opera, new plays and new media. While revisiting the classics in immersive experiences that involve multiple actors of the community, her art connects notions of myth, politics and major narratives of our days. Papakonstantinou has lived in the UK for over a decade and has created and presented her work in international festivals and venues like: Edinburgh Festival (UK), LaMaMa E.T.C., (USA), the West End (UK), Prague Quadrennial 15 (CH), National Theatre of Greece (GR), Inauguration Ceremony of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (EG), Operadagen Festival (HL), Neukoellner Oper Berlin (GE), Megaron (National Concert Hall) (GR), Musikteatre Festival (AU) and more. Papakonstantinou has been commissioned by European Capitals of Culture "Valetta18" (Malta), "Eleusis21" (Greece) and 'Pafos17' (Cyprus) and has presented her work for the European Parliament for Culture in 2017. Her creations tour internationally including representing Greece at PQ (official Hellenic participation Prague Quadrennial 2015). Amongst other artistic achievements, her last work the Cave was awarded a 'Music Theatre Now 2018-19 international award', while for other works she has received a "First Prize Award" at the Edinburgh Festival, (UK) and a "First Prize Award 2017" for the REP, Birmingham (UK). Papakonstantinou shaped her ideas from the civic movements that emerged in Greece during the crisis. She pledges her talent to increase empowerment. During the crisis in Greece, Papakonstantinou engaged herself beyond the "usual" role of a theatre director to become politically engaged entrepreneur, founded and directed Vyrsodepseio, a 3.000 sq. m. art space in Athens (2011-2017). Vyrsodepseio served as a base for the international performance company ODC Ensemble (founded by Papakonstantinou since 2002) but also as a vibrant hub, an evolving project for horizontal politics and synergies with a focus on international networking (a proud partner of three Creative Europe projects and member of the independent networks Trans Europe Halles and IETM). Named a Visiting CCRMA Scholar by Stanford University and a visiting scholar by Princeton University and nominated twice with a Fulbright Artist's Award, Papakonstantinou tends to defy traditional categories. She conducted a free fall on the same day as directing Shakespeare's Richard II for the first time. She is a mountaineer and her passion for the high peaks often takes her as far as the top of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania or the Himalayas; she could spend her life under water and is always looking for more opportunities to create cross sectorial and multimedia hybrid work. Papakonstantinou founded the company ODC Ensemble to challenge what opera and music theatre is all about. She writes and directs all of the company's works. Papakonstantinou holds a BA at the School of Arts, University of Thessaloniki (GR) and an MA and M.Phil at the Royal Holloway, University of London (U.K.). In addition to "Oedipus: Sex with Mum was Blinding," she is currently working on The Kindly Ones, presented in 2019 at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial in Austria. Visit elli.site.

 

TILEMACHOS MOUSSAS (Composer) is an Athens based composer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, educator. He invests in the creation and performance of subversive music, from instant composing and avantgarde. He creates, performs and produces experimental music and opera that fuses the musicality of speech, poetry, classical music, jazz and electronic sound art. He is a founding member of music theater company, ODC Ensemble and has presented his music across Europe and internationally and released multiple albums. After his studies at Agostini and F. Nakas Contemporary Music Schools he was offered a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. He holds a Master of Music in "Jazz Performance & New Technologies". Some of the bands he played in are: Xaxakes, Ble, "LoveLab", Acetic Voice, and Medieval Death. In 2002, he formed his own jazz band, Tilemachos Moussas Quartet. He has worked with many important musicians such as: Damo Suzuki (CAN), Savina Yannatou, Blaine Reininger (Tyxedomoon), Julia Kent, Pamelia Kurstin, Lena Norin, Michel Hatzigeorgiou, Missirli Ahmet, Georgia Sylleou, Thanos Anestopoulos, D. Kamarotos and has performed with artists such as Chico Freeman, Sheila Jordan, and Jerome Rothenberg. Tilemachos has played as guest in concerts for bands and musicians such as: Anouar Brahem, Nouvelle Vague, Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance), Ozric Tentacles, Manhattan Vibes, etc. Tilemachos composed the music for several plays and performances such as: Kazin Barokk (commissioned by Cultural Capital of Europe Valletta 2018), The Cave (winner of the MTNow international competition 2018), Louisette: The backstage of a revolution (commissioned by Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2017 and Cultural Capital of Europe Elefsis 2021), REVOLT ATHENΣ (Presented for the European Parliament for Culture 2017 & First Prize Award for the REP, BE Festival Birmingham 2017), Adio Adio Amore (2013 Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch), D.OPA. (Les Hivernales - CDCN Avignon 2013), Woyzeck Quartet (Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2012), Don Juan (National Theater of Greece 2010), just to mention some. He participated as performer in: Dying as a Country (Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2007), Swan Lake City (National Theatre of Northern Greece - arranging Tchaikovsky and playing the guitar), The Night Of The Secrets (National Theatre of Greece), Dream Odyssey (National Theatre of Northern Greece), off the streets (Cultural Capital Of Europe Patras 2006), American Dream (Greek National Opera), META (Vyrsodepseio). He has composed music for the films: Anemistiras (D.Bitos, 2015), The stranger (K. Tsakiris 2009), Lines (Vasilis Mazomenos, 2016), Not to set foot in Athens (Μ. Mouzakis, 2002), Can U Feel it (F. Vlahakis, 2004). His CDs "Kyknostalagma/Swan Drip" and "Newborn" has been released by Ankh records. He lives in Athens and he also works as an educator in Special Education. Visit moussas.com.

 

JULIA KENT (Composer) is a Canadian, New York City-based, Vancouver, British Columbia-born, cellist and composer. She has performed as a member of Rasputina and with Antony and the Johnsons. She creates music using looped cello, found sounds, and electronics. In 2007, she released "Delay," her first solo album, on Important Records. An EP, Last Day in July, was released for commercial distribution in 2010, and a second full-length record, Green and Grey, in 2011, on Tin Angel. In 2013 Kent moved to The Leaf Label, releasing her third solo album, Character, in March. Her album Asperities was released on Leaf on 30 October 2015. Kent spoke about the album in an interview, saying "I was thinking about the concept of difficulty. Whether in life or in nature - of conflict, of being troubled. The idea of friction. Also in geology, an asperity is some part of a fault line that doesn't move which can create an earthquake, which is quite an evocative concept...In the music there is an inherent sense of dissonance; that things are too close for comfort. More generally, it seems like a particularly dark time in the world right now, and I think that definitely had an influence too". Her composition "Dorval" was used in the 2008 film Trinidad, and in The Good Show, an episode of National Public Radio's Radiolab. In 2011 her composition "Gardermoen," from "Delay," was used in Paolo Sorrentino's movie This Must Be the Place. She composed music for the Canadian documentary film The Boxing Girls of Kabul, the short film Birthplace, "A Short History of Decay," and "Oasis," which won Best Short Film at the Seville European Film Festival 2015. She has also composed and performed music for theatre and dance, including productions by the Italian company Balletto Civile. As a solo artist, she has appeared at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, the Meltdown Festival in London, the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, the CTM festival in Berlin, The 24-Hour Drone in Hudson, NY and the Unsound festival in New York City. Visit juliakent.com.

 

STEPHANIE SHERRIFF (Video Artist) is an interdisciplinary sculptor, performer, and media artist. Her artwork is experiential in nature and consists of sculptural, time-based installations and performances that are often living, changing, and sometimes dying. In her process she observes, collects, deconstructs, and recomposes plants, light, sound, video, and scents in order to create abstracted, ephemeral forms and sensory experiences. She received an MFA in Art Practice from Stanford University in 2019 and a BA in Studio Art from San Francisco State University in 2014. Visit ssherriff.com.

 

ODC ENSEMBLE (Producer). ODC (Odyssey) Ensemble, established by theatre director Elli Papakonstantinou, is an award-winning theatre company based in Athens, Greece. ODC creates multidisciplinary performances that empower critical thinking with an emphasis on cutting edge music, new media and political discourse. ODC Ensemble have been based in a 3.000 sq.m. cultural space in Athens called "Vyrsopdeseio", which they founded in 2011. The company's works include: ODC after Homer (2002), Viciousness in the kitchen (2010), Μετά/After (2011), Woyzeck Quartet (2012), Skin (2012), Richard II (2014), REVOLT ATHENΣ (2015), Luisette: the Backstage of Revolution (2017), Τhe Cave (2018), Każin Barokk (2018), The Kindly Ones (2019) all directed by Elli Papakonstantinou. Among recent artistic achievements, the company has been nominated winner of the Music Theater Now 2018 International competition and has been awarded with a First Award Prize at the BE Festival for the REP 2017, Birmingham, UK, First Prize Award at the Edinburgh Festival, UK and more. The company has been supported by The Greek Ministry of Culture, the Arts Council of Great Britain of Denmark and of Sweden and has toured internationally. Visit https://elli.site/odc-ensemble/.

 

THE DIRECTORS COMPANY (Producer: Leah Michalos, Producing Director; Michael Parva, Artistic Director) is an award-winning, not-for-profit theatre company with a mission to develop and produce groundbreaking new plays and musicals. Among the works TDC has developed and produced: Irena's Vow, by Dan Gordon, starring Tovah Feldshuh, directed by Michael Parva, which received an extended Off-Broadway run before transferring to the Walter Kerr Theater on Broadway, where it was honored with an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding New Broadway Play. Other recent Off-Broadway productions include the New York premiere of Terms of Endearment with Molly Ringwald, the world premieres of The Violin by Dan McCormick, The Road to Damascus by Tom Dulack On a Stool at the End of the Bar by Robert Callely and Almost Home by Walter Anderson, Jericho and Poetic License by Jack Canfora, and Murder in the First by Dan Gordon, directed by Michael Parva. Additional major productions developed or produced by TDC: Bat Boy: The Musical, with music by Larson Award-winner Laurence O'Keefe (Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best New Musical); The Milliner by Suzanne Glass; The Passion of Frida Kahlo, featuring Tony Award-winning actress Priscilla Lopez; Kilt by Jonathan Wilson (GLAAD Media Award nomination); AVOW by award-winning playwright Bill C. Davis; Tony Phelan and Joan Rater's Good Will, which was optioned for a major motion picture; Bad Girls, adapted by award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates from her own short story; The Ballad of Little Jo(Richard Rodgers Award and a Kleban Award for Sarah Schlesinger's libretto); Drifting Elegant by Stephen Belber (first ever Development Grant awarded by The Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays); and Once Upon a Time in New Jersey, a Richard Rodgers and Kleban Lyricist Award-winning musical by Susan DiLallo and Stephen Weiner. Visit www.directorscompany.org.

 

"OEDIPUS: Sex with Mum Was Blinding" is supported by

the Hellenic Republic, Ministry of Culture and Sports; the Neon Foundation; 

the J.F. Costopoulos Foundation; ODC Ensemble; CCRMA; Stanford University.

 

 

YYDC presents The Edge of 30 Degrees  | Open: 05/30/19 Close: 06/01/19
YYDC presents

The Edge of 30 Degrees

May 30 - June 1, 2019 at BAM

 

YYDC presents the North American Premiere of The Edge of 30 Degrees at BAM Fisher (Fishman Space), 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY for THREE NIGHTS ONLY from Thursday, May 30 to Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $22 with VIP tickets available opening night only for $80. All tickets can be purchased at:

https://www.bam.org/events/production_nonticketed/2019/rentals/the-edge-of-30-degrees-yydc.aspx

 

The Edge of 30 Degrees is Yin Yue's latest original creation for her namesake company YYDC. The performance includes three world premieres: "The Time Followed," "Stones and Kisses," and the highly anticipated ensemble piece, "Citizen." This exciting evening of new dance works is centered around the concept of time and our interactions with time itself. To create these innovative projects, Yin has assembled an impressive team of collaborators, featuring the dancers of YYDC, costume designer Barbara Erin Delo, lighting designer Christopher Chambers, and composers Juliane Jones and Doug Beiden who have created original musical scores exclusively for Yin's new work.

 

In addition to the performances, YYDC will host two workshops on May 31 and June 1 at 11:00 a.m. for advanced level dancers looking to expand their craft with training in Yin's "FoCo Technique," including excerpts from The Edge of 30 Degrees. Attendees of the workshop will have the unique opportunity to experience dancing "in-the-round" as Yin Yue has adapted the evening to fit a space with a 360 degree view. Register for the workshop at: https://yydc.ticketleap.com/yydc-at-bam-fisher/.

 

CREATOR Yin Yue; COMPOSERS Juliane Jones & Doug Beiden; COSTUME DESIGN Barbara Erin Delo; LIGHTING DESIGNER Christopher Chambers;

 

WHAT THE CRITICS HAVE SAID ABOUT YYDC:

 

"Slithers and slides in quick, surprising, and consistently interesting ways. It's clearly the work of a rising star: she was born in Shanghai, studied Chinese classical, Chinese ethnic, and eventually modern contemporary dance there, then moved to New York, where she leads her own highly regarded contemporary company." 

Oregon Artswatch, 2014

 

"Combines athletic physicality with sensitive gestures"

Nashville Scene, 2016

 

"Dancers roiled with fluid phrases, pushing and pulling, supporting, carrying, curling under and over, coiled limbs and supple spines threatening to turn bodies inside out. Sharp gestures implied a barely contained fury. It was captivating to watch.""

Boston Globe, 2018

 

ABOUT YYDC

YYDC, a New York City based not for profit contemporary dance company, is composed of freelance dancers and artists who collaborate with Yin in the creation and performance of her original choreographic works that are rooted in her signature FOCO Technique, an intricate, movement-based choreography that fuses elements of traditional folk and contemporary dance. The company aims to discover powerful imagery by pushing bold athleticism within sensual, fluid movement and taking risks by demanding an authentic presence from each individual voice. 

 

Boasting touring credits in China and Germany, YYDC has performed at numerous world renowned dance festivals, including: SummerStage, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Inside Out, New York International Fringe Festival, The Wave Rising Series, DUMBO DANCE Festival, The Current Sessions, Dancenow [NYC], the Open Door Dance Festival in Iowa City, and, for the third time, the company has been invited to perform in Aachen, Germany at the opening week of Schrittmacher Festival 2019.  YYDC has performed at Hanover International Choreographic Competition and venues such as Joyce SoHo Theater, Joe's Pub, Peridance Theater, Lincoln Center's Rose Hall, and many others.

 

In addition to teaching workshops and performing around the world, YYDC Dance Company also re-stages repertories at universities, including Rutgers, Johns Hopkins and Point Park University and creates new works for professional dance companies, such as its upcoming commission for Pennsylvania Ballet.

 

For more information, visit www.yydc.org

 

ABOUT BAM

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is a multi-arts center located in Brooklyn, New York.  For more than 150 years, BAM has been the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas-engaging both global and local communities. With world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film, and much more, BAM showcases the work of emerging artists and innovative modern masters. For more information visit www.bam.org.

 

This event is presented by YYDC, INC. BAM house and ticketing policies may not apply. BAM membership benefits do not apply.

 

BLACK VELVET: ARCHITECTURES AND ARCHETYPES  | Open: 05/09/19 Close: 05/12/19
A former company member of Batsheva Dance Company and the 2018 recipient of Princess Grace Award in Choreography Shamel Pitts returns home to Brooklyn with his recent work BLACK VELVET: Architectures and Archetypes. The piece, which played to sold-out houses in NYC and around the world in 2017, is the second installment of the Black Series and a follow-up to his autobiographical solo Black Box. Comprising vignette-like solos and duets immersed in intense music, evocative lighting and complemented by the spoken word, BLACK VELVET is a theatrical meditation on transcending the boundaries of gender, race, love, friendship, and identity.  This multimedia-infused work, choreographed by Pitts, is a product of a two-year collaboration with his performing partner Mirelle Martins and lighting designer Lucca del Carlo. The performance is accompanied by an exhibition of photographs by Mauricio Pisani, Alex Apt, Wilian Aguiar, and Rebecca Stella.

BAMkids presents Glimpse by Oorkaan  | Open: 05/04/19 Close: 05/12/19
BAMkids presents

Glimpse by Oorkaan

May 4 - May 12 at BAM Fisher

 

What do colors sound like? Who can understand the moon? What does the sun say? How many colors does a dream have?

 

Dutch company Oorkaan presents a visual concert that poetically and playfully imagines what music might look like if we could see it. Young audiences are transported to an enchanting dream world where jazzy sounds and colorful images play an exciting game with each other, and with you. A world in which music, images, technology, musicians, and audience members embark on a special journey-friendship. Featuring Oorkaan's original jazz-inflected compositions, including vocals, a double bass, and percussion, Glimpse is full of sensory surprises, offering a multitude of ways for children to connect to music.

 

WHAT: BAMkids presents Glimpse by Oorkaan

WHERE: BAM Fisher (Hillman Studio, 321 Ashland Pl) 

WHEN: Sat, May 4 & Sun, May 5 at 10:30am & 3:30pm; Sat, May 11 & Sun, May 12 at 10:30am & 3:30pm

 

Tickets for Glimpse are $16. For more information visit: www.bam.org/kids/2019/glimpse

 

Photo, coverage, and talent inquiries contact Cynthia Tate at 718.724.8022 or ctate@BAM.org

 

FRANTIC BEAUTY  | Open: 09/14/17 Close: 09/17/17
FRANTIC BEAUTY reflects on society’s pursuit of and relationship to beauty, and features an original score by Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards). Layering their signature physicality over vivid visual landscapes, the multidisciplinary duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya and the LEIMAY Ensemble return to BAM Fisher with this world premiere.


About the Company: LEIMAY

The LEIMAY Ensemble, (based at CAVE, an arts space founded by Shige Moriya in 1996 and co-led by Ximena Garnica) is a group of international dancers and performers who maintain an ongoing educational and performative practice rooted in the LUDUS practice. Current members of the ensemble are Masanori Asahara, Derek DiMartini, Mario Galeano, Krystel Copper, and Omer Ephron.

 

Douglas Dunn & Dancers presents the World Premiere of Aidos at Brooklyn Academy of Music, BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY, from February 11-15, 2015.  Performances: Wed-Sat at 8pm, Sat & Sun at 3pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1040421, by phone at (866) 620-7509 or in person at the BAM box office during the week of the show from noon to show time.

 

Aidos, a new work by Douglas Dunn, features dancing by Dunn himself, Jules Bakshi, Alexandra Berger, Emily Pope-Blackman, Jin Ju Song-Begin, Jessica Martineau, Paul Singh, Jake Szczypek, and Timothy Ward to Bach Cello Suites performed live by Ha-Yang Kim, with design by Andrew Jordan and lighting design by Carol Mullins.

 

Though highly stylized and elegant, as is typical of Dunn’s work, the piece allows Aidos, the Greek goddess of shame, to appear as a split personality danced by two six-foot tall women, Jin Ju Song-Begin and Jessica Martineau. Their ongoing duel, juxtaposed against six more affiliated dancers, is the focal point of the general suggestion of dance display as inherently embarrassing. The beauty of the Bach Suites played live by Ha-Yang Kim and the sleek black and gold costumes by Andrew Jordan keep the mordant theme from shredding the luxuriant texture of the hour-long dance.

 

Douglas Dunn began presenting work in New York City in 1971. In 1976 he formed Douglas Dunn & Dancers and began touring the U.S. and Europe. In 1980 the Paris Opera and the Autumn Festival invited him to set Stravinsky's Pulcinella on the Paris Opera Ballet. He has collaborated on film and video-dances with Charles Atlas and Rudy Burckhardt. He works with visual artists (Mimi Gross, David Ireland, Uli Gassmann, Jeffrey Schiff), composers (Joshua Fried, Bill Cole, Eliane Radigue, Alvin Lucier, Robert Ashley, Linda Fisher, John Driscoll, Ron Kuivila), poets (Anne Waldman, Reed Bye, Ruth Margraff), and lighting designer Carol Mullins, to present a multifaceted dance image. Dunn has received funds for his work from the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, and other sources. In 1998 he received a New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award for Sustained Achievement.

 

Douglas Dunn has been dancing and making dances for forty-three years. He likes to collaborate with poets, painters, sculptors, musicians, composers and playwrights to offer a multifaceted theatrical experience. He has set pieces for many companies besides his own, including the Paris Opera Ballet, and has composed numerous outdoor and site-specific events. He is renowned as a teacher of Technique and of Open Structures, with a long tenure at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Awards include a Guggenheim, a Bessie, and Chevalier in the Ordres des Arts et des Lettres. Douglas produces Salons at his studio in Soho, and is a Board Member Emeritus of Danspace Project/St. Mark's Church. In 2012 his collected writings, available via Amazon.com, were published under the title Dancer Out of Sight.

 

For more information about Douglas Dunn & Dancers, visit www.douglasdunndance.com.

 

ABOUT BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is a multi-arts center located in Brooklyn, New York.  For more than 150 years, BAM has been the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both global and local communities. With world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film, and much more, BAM showcases the work of emerging artists and innovative modern masters. For more information visit www.bam.org.

 

In celebration of its fifteenth anniversary season Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company presents the evening-length premiere of The Oracle at BAM Fisher.

Configuring the Fishman Space at BAM Fisher in a new, innovative way, the Company brings its A-list of dancers and longtime collaborators to create an intensely-focused, dynamic and intimate work.

March 1, 2014, this description will be updated to include more information about the performance, including the performers and collaborators.

About Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company

The critically acclaimed New York-based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company is known for its infectiously charismatic and playfully virtuosic work. For more than 15 years DGDC's world-class dancers have presented high-quality and diverse programming, blending robust physicality with universally relatable themes. DGDC has been awarded residencies by the Joyce Theater Foundation, The Yard, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Raumars (Finland) and the Sacatar Foundation (Brazil) among others. Choreographer Daniel Gwirtzman has created more than 100 repertory works and is sought after nationally as a teacher and choreographer. Committed to a philosophy that everyone can enjoy dance, DGDC has partnered with various institutions, including the NYC Department of Education, since 1999, reaching over 15,000 students.

DGDC made its full program debut as a Company in New York in the summer of 1999. Reviewing Daniel Gwirtzman's ambitious Plasma Field at the un-air conditioned Merce Cunningham Studios during a record heat wave, Madeleine Dale reviewed the evening-length premiere in Attitude:The Dancers' Magazine:

"Even the audience suffered for its art, and it was glorious, absolutely spellbinding. Even if we have to wait another three years, it will be worth it."

Waiting has not been a part of the Company's vocabulary however. Rather, it has continued to produce dance without pause. That said, this season marks the Company's first multi-performance season since 2009's Encore, an official selection of the New York Musical Theater Festival at MMAC. 2010's season full production The Lecture was a one-night only event at The Ailey Theater, as was 2013's Narcissus and Other Myths at Abrons Arts Center. These past years the Company has focused its resources on performances outside New Yorkthe Company made its debut at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in 2012commissions, community partnership projects and residencies.


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