Category Archives: Artist Support

Meg Wolfe: New Faithful Disco

January 28-30, 2016:
Premiere performances at REDCAT Los Angeles, CA

Touring:
PICA/TBA Festival (Portland) – Sept 10 & 11, 2016
DiverseWorks (Houston) – Nov 11 & 12, 2016
Live & On Stage, NPN/VAN (Austin) – Dec 3, 2016
Z Space (San Francisco) – March 2017

ABOUT NEW FAITHFUL DISCO
In Meg Wolfe’s new lushly physical movement work New Faithful Disco, belief is made manifest as energy. A trio of dancers—taisha paggett, Marbles Radio, and Wolfe—feel it, generate it and remix it as they prepare to take on something big. Love, faith, impermanence? Pleasure? Power? Soul retrieval? A queer-love power-trio wrought with awkwardness and contradictions, New Faithful Disco builds communal energy into an accumulated whirlwind propelled by nature sounds and disco rhythms. Bodies are the conduit: the site of intersections where dances are generated, transferred, translated and recycled in an attempt to remix revolution. Disco opens up time, triggers fading histories and provides a backdrop that frames who we are, now.

CREATIVE TEAM
Choreographer: Meg Wolfe
Performers: taisha paggett, Marbles Radio, Meg Wolfe
Music: Maria de los Angeles Cuca Esteves
Costume Design: Gregory Barnett
Lighting Design: Christopher Kuhl
Sound Design: John Coleman
Quilts/Robes: Meg Wolfe

New Faithful Disco is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by REDCAT, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), DiverseWorks, Z Space, and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Supported by the NPN Performance Residency Program. For more information: www.npnweb.org.
Development support of New Faithful Disco was given through Show Box L.A.’s Los Angeles Dance & Research Residency Program,which is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

SUPPORT NEW FAITHFUL DISCO
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PROJECT TIMELINE

Fall 2016: Touring to PICA/TBA Festival (Portland, OR); DiverseWorks (Houston, TX); Z Space (San Francisco, CA)

January 28-30, 2016: Premiere performances at REDCAT Los Angeles, CA

January 2016: Week-long Production Residency at REDCAT Los Angeles, CA

February–March 2015: Month-long Creative Residency at Performance Works Northwest Portland, OR

January 2015: In-progress Workshop Performances at FRESH Festival San Francisco, CA

December 2014: Week-long Creative Development Residency at REDCAT Los Angeles, CA

September 2014: In-progress Workshop Performances at Live Arts Exchange Festival Los Angeles, CA

Spring 2014: Creative Research Residency at SkyFish Lake County, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo by Steve Gunther.

WXPT

The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People
taisha paggett with WXPT in collaboration with Ashley Hunt and Kim Zumpfe

Exhibition: October 21-December 6, 2015

An artwork in the form of a school, a school in the form of an artwork.

Visit schoolforthemovement.com for more information.

Currently on view at LACE,  with a curriculum of free classes and workshops open to the public beginning Saturday, Oct 24

LACE presents The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People, a large-scale installation and performance platform by Los Angeles based artist taisha paggett. This project, which takes the form of a dance school, is shaped by the question, “what is a Black dance curriculum today?” The installation itself, developed in collaboration with artists Ashley Hunt and Kim Zumpfe, serves as a temporary dance school, performance space and home for dance company, WXPT (We are the Paper, We are the Trees).

The core of The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People is WXPT itself — a temporary, experimental community of queer people of color and allies, dancers and non-dancers alike. WXPT was conceived by paggett in early 2015 to expand upon the language and methods of modern and contemporary dance practices, to shift the ways dancers of color are positioned within the contemporary field, and to explore questions of queer desire, responsibility, migration and historical materials that inhabit our cultural imagination. The company consists of Joy Angela Anderson, Heyward Bracey, Rebecca Bruno, Alfonso Cervera, Erin Christovale, Loren Fenton, Maria Garcia, Kloii “Hummingbird” Hollis, Jas Michelle, Meena Murugesan, taisha paggett, Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, Kristianne Salcines, Ché Ture, Devika Wickremesinghe and Suné Woods.

The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People will offer a program of workshops, weekly classes and micro-performances initiated by members of WXPT. The curriculum will be open to anyone, blurring lines between audience and participant, while especially encouraging queer people of color to join. Across the bodies of the company and the members of the public who join the school, the curriculum will build an accumulative performance score in weekly increments, culminating in the performance of a “collective movement choir” at the conclusion of the exhibition.

The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People began as a conversation between paggett, Rodney McMillian and Cauleen Smith.

Curated by Robert Crouch

Image (above) courtesy of Clockshop by Gina Clyne.

SUPPORT

The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People is made possible by The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funds come from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Additional support was provided by a grant from the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts.

Development support of The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People was given through Show Box L.A.’s Los Angeles Dance & Research Residency Program, which is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jennie Liu & Andrew Gilbert: House Music

ABOUT HOUSE MUSIC
House Music by Jennie Liu & Andrew Gilbert
hosted by Grand Lady Dance House

In House Music, performers Jennie Liu and Andrew Gilbert invite small groups of guests into their stark, movable, ten-by-ten hut, to witness and participate in a commitment ceremony to the creative process. Part travelogue of a creative vision-quest, part biography of an artist relationship, guests are absorbed into an elaborately coded system of interrelating, designed to probe the notion that only within constraints lies the truest freedom. Meticulous live video reveals the personal grounding of this life experiment, supported by a live soundtrack inspired by the socially binding properties of early house music. A container for active meditation on the art of being with each other and with ourselves, House Music offers aesthetic frames to reckon with past mistakes, to examine and deeply feel the transient nature of everything.

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Milka Djordjevich + Chris Peck: MASS

ABOUT MASS

MASS is a dance. It is singing and dancing. A song and dance in a black box. A slow dance on a pedestal for three women. With music. It’s also the mass, force and friction against, around and inside that box. It’s a trio of voices tuning, their bodies objectified and recomposed through gradual processes in motion and sound. Like a prayer, it proceeds without manipulation, loving the flaw.

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