2019-20 Residency Program For Choreographers
Show Box L.A. is pleased to announce the artists for our 2019-20 Residency Program for Choreographers: Primera Generación Dance Collective (Alfonso Cervera, Rosa Rodriguez-Frazier, Irvin Manuel Gonzalez and Patricia (Patty) Huerta); Mallory Fabian/fabe; taisha paggett /WXPT; and Austyn Rich.
Residencies will take place at we live in space, a studio in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of South LA. Over the course of the year, there may be open rehearsals, informal showings, classes/workshops, artist talks, or other events where the artists will share their creative process and varied approaches to choreography and dance-based performance work. The residency program is supported in part by the California Arts Council, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
ABOUT THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM ARTISTS
Primera Generación Dance Collective is a collaborative group based in Riverside, California and formed by Alfonso Cervera, Rosa Rodriguez-Frazier, Irvin Manuel Gonzalez and Patricia (Patty) Huerta that focuses on the visibilization of Mexican American corporeality through movement-based exploration, process and performance. The collective finds its roots in experimental choreography and research that focuses on Mexican American identity and its many marginalized connections. PGDC has performed at (Riverside) Riverside Trolley Dances, University of California, Riverside; (Los Angeles) REDCAT, HomeLA, Bootleg Theatre, Human Resources Center in Chinatown, Brockus Space; (Santa Monica) Highways Performance Space, Miles Memorial Playhouse; (Berkeley) Berkeley Art Museum; (San Francisco) Dance Mission Theater; (Phoenix, AZ) The Black Theater Troupe; and (Wisconsin) University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. facebook.com/primerageneraciondance
Mallory Fabian, a Las Vegas native, received her BFA from California Institute of the Arts. Mallory has performed for Gob Squad, RGWW, Szalt, Zoe Scofield, B. Dunn Movement, and more. Mallory is Board President and dancer for Rosanna Gamson/World Wide as well as a co-teacher for GO, an internationally toured improvisational workshop, created by Rosanna Gamson. Mallory is currently Rehearsal Director for Invertigo Dance Theatre.
In 2017, Mallory started her dance company, fabe, and has since made two evening length works, Don’t Inhale it, Strictly Mouth. and unknow. as part of the Terra Nova Choreographic Residency hosted by Rosanna Gamson and Dance Resource Center. fabe has presented work at REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, The Bootleg Theater, The Rose Center Theatre, Civic Center Studios, Calarts, Electric Lodge, Mimoda, Lula Washington, Brockus Studios, and Diavolo. Mallory has performed in Marseille, France as part of Les Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques festival with collaborators Alysse Stepanian & Philip Mantione and is currently working on the start of a new production consultant company, PCKT, with co-founder Darby Kelley. fabe is working towards a new evening length piece to premiere in 2019, Drugs Can’t Buy. malloryfabian.com
taisha paggett is an interdisciplinary dance artist and educator whose work takes place on dance stages, in galleries, and public space. She started dancing 20 years ago from what scholar Hortense Spillers calls “a political passion,” to understand society around her as a Black, queer, working class, female-bodied person growing up in the arid yet ubiquitous racial politics of Central California. Today paggett employs dance from a place of in-depth experimentation, as both a refuge and site of analysis for imagining new practices of freedom and civic engagement. She founded her multi-racial, queer and allied company WXPT (we are the paper, we are the trees), as part of her project, School for the Movement of the Technicolor People in 2015 in acute response to the rapid succession of police violence against Black and Brown bodies happening on the national level, and to test how a dance company could be a political constituency and how the relational strategies found within dance training, rehearsing and performing could be employed to help us grieve and contemplate more effective modes of civic engagement. paggett’s work has been supported by UCIRA; Clockshop; the MAP Fund (in conjunction with Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions); National Performance Network; Diverseworks in Houston; and the ICA in Philadelphia, amongst other institutions. From 2005-13 paggett co-instigated the LA-based dance project and discursive platform, itch. As a dancer, paggett has performed, toured with and made significant creative contributions to many choreographers and performance projects over the years including that of Every House Has a Door, David Roussève/REALITY, Victoria Marks, Kelly Nipper, Meg Wolfe and Yael Davids. paggett maintains an ongoing collaborative practice with Ashley Hunt titled On movement, thought and politics. paggett received a BA in Art History from UC Santa Cruz, an MFA from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and is grateful to now be amongst the UC Riverside community. taishapaggett.net
Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Austyn Rich is a recent graduate of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s Inaugural Class of 2019. He has performed works by d. Sabela grimes, William Forsythe, Bill T. Jones, Micaela Taylor and commercial works of Solange Knowles-Ferguson, Adidas Originals and many others. Austyn’s mission is to challenge the unchallengeable, move the unmovable while wearing the unwearable. His works crafts trauma into triumph using movement as a tool for healing, pleasure and pain. His latest work, Bl**dy Spaghetti, will be presented at the New Original Works Festival at REDCAT this August. @blaqdemarco
photos courtesy the artists
taisha paggett by Justin Sullivan: SMTP – Houston
Primera Generación Dance Collective by Hugo Ramos
Mallory Fabian by Marissa Mooney
Austyn Rich by Steve Gunther