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by BWW News Desk
DANCERoulette is a festival of performing artists working within movement, sound, spatial design, visual cacophony, choreography, improvisation, ephemerality, and theatrical re-imagining. Performances will run from February 5 - 8. For more information please visit www.roulette.org .
February 5 - Presenting the work of Donna Costello, Amber Sloan, Mina Nishimura
"Princess Cabbage" - Mina Nishimura
Princess Cabbage attempts to transform abstruse texts of "Sickened Primadonna", written by butoh pioneer Tatsumi Hijikata, that often conjures up sickened, decayed and grotesque images of body through combining nuanced movements, facial expressions and vocalization. Mina Nishimura has performed at dunaPart (Budapest) as a part of DTW's Suitcase Fund program in 2008 and on danceWeb program at Impuls Tanz (Vienna) in 2009.Her own choreography has been presented at DTW, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Movement Research, LIT, The Harlem Stage, Whenever Wherever Festival(Tokyo) and most recently through BAX's AIR program.
Maggie Bennett in collaboration with Bryan Eubanks
Bennett and Eubanks overlap solo pieces dealing with surface and vibration. They are interested in the construction and emergence of atmosphere, and will play with the co-existence and disappearance of physical bodies (sound and human) in time, space, and in the sonic and material landscapes they create.
Maggie Bennett is a choreographer/ performer and installation artist whose work explores an intersection between the body, landscape and architecture through choreographic installation and cross-disciplinary collaboration. She was an artist in residence at Dance Theater Workshop through Fresh Tracks Series (2008) and a Studio Series Residency (2011), and she was a 2009/2010 Movement Research Artist in Residence. Other residences include Location One (NYC), FACADE/FASAD (Brooklyn), Pieter psad (L.A.), The Broken Neck/ No Idea Festival (Austin, TX), Ritual and Research (Worthington, MA), and The New Museum (NY). She has engaged in on-going collaborative work with visual artist Liliana Dirks-Goodman, and sound artist Chris Cogburn.
February 7 - Jill Sigman, Larissa Velez-Jackson
"last days/first field" - Jill Sigman/thinkdance
Jill Sigman/thinkdance will show an excerpt from "last days/first field", a full evening work in process for 7 dancers with a live original score by Kristin Norderval. The final piece will involve two parts: a movement section and a planting ritual in which performers plant a field of seedlings in the performance space. The piece is a kinesthetic working of the questions: How do we distill in movement the feeling of our time in terms of climate change, environmentally related health problems, food security issues, and increasing social polarization? How do we process disconnection from nature and each other? How do we deal with our anxiety and fear of catastrophe? The piece evolves a movement vocabulary to process these issues kinesthetically.
February 8 - Jenny Liu, Jillian Sweeney, Aynsley Vandenbroucke
Choreographed by Aynsley Vandenbroucke in close collaboration with the performers Lauren Grace Bakst and Rebecca Warner
In this developing piece, Aynsley Vandenbroucke and performers Lauren Grace Bakst and Rebecca Warner give themselves small projects based on sometimes unanswerable questions. Among these: Are thinking and dancing the same thing? What would a written index for a dance look like? What is the subtlest dance we can make? How do we find meaning in the world, and what does that have to do with dance? Aynsley Vandenbroucke is a choreographer, movement analyst, curator and educator. Called "gifted" by the New Yorker and "an elegant, sensitive thinker" by The New York Times, she has been creating dance in New York City since 2000. Her work has been performed throughout the city as well as in San Francisco and Brazil.