DANCEROULETTE: Bob Eisen, Laurie Berg, Deborah Black

Thursday, February 2, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

DANCEROULETTE, a five night festival of performing artists working within movement, sound, spatial design, visual cacophony, choreography, improvisation, ephemeriality, and theatrical re-imagining.

Bob Eisen – For Lulu
Laurie Berg – betInween
Deborah Black – I Would Rather See My Daughter Dead Than on the Stage

For Lulu
Choreographed and performed by Bob Eisen
Music: Lou Reed & Metallica

Bob Eisen is a dancer, choreographer and improviser who has been active in the field of dance for over 35 years. He was a co- founder and  co- manager of Links Hall Studio, a performance/ workspace in Chicago, where he was a prominent member of that city’s performing arts community.  He moved to New York City in  the year 2000 .  The last five years have found him living half the time in America, and half the time in Russia, where he dances, teaches, travels, studies the language, and lives.

“For Lulu” is another in a series of solos that, over the past five years, I have created and performed extensively, both in America and in Russia, and in a wide variety of different spaces and contexts.

Laurie Berg – betInween
Laurie Berg presents betInween, with visual artist and longtime collaborator, Liliana Dirks-Goodman. A revisiting of previous works in order to figure out the process of coming forward into what comes next. Special guests include childhood heros, poultry of the stars and great legs (not Laurie’s).

Laurie Berg is a Brooklyn-based artist who works in multiple forms including dance, performance, collage, jewelry, and video. She grew up in St. Louis, MO and received a BFA in Dacne from the University of Arizona, Tucson. She is a 2010 Movement Research Artist-In-Residence. Her fascinations with both the absurd and complex rhythms/structures afford her intersection of art and (almost) everything including: science, antique malls, nostalgia, color, dynamic environments, and the collaborative mind. Laurie maintains collaborations with dance artists Siri Peterson, Bessie McDonough-Thayer, Megan Byrne, architect/visual artist Liliana Dirks-Goodman and video artist Shantell Martin. Laurie presented A Different Brand of Chaos at Danspace Project as part of PLATFORM: 2011 Body Madness – Rhythm and Humor (March 2011), and a duet with Bessie McDonough-Thayer as part of the Brink series at Dixon Place (June 2011). Laurie has shown her various projects at FACADE/FASAD, Movement Research at the Judson Church, 303 Gallery, the ICMC at Stony Brook University, the TANK, DraftWork, Body Blend, the Salon Show at Ulla’s House, AUNTS, the Movement Research Spring Festival 09, CATCH 35, and counterPULSE 2nd Sundays series in San Francisco among others. Laurie also enjoys dancing in the work of Heather Kravas, Megan Byrne, Sasha Welsh/Victory To Others, Christine Elmo and appeared in Tom Murrin’s The Talking Show, at PS122, directed by Lucy Sexton in March 2010. In July of 2009 Laurie was a resident artist as part of the Rockbridge Artist Exchange, a program of the CDCT in Lexington, VA. She currently co-produces AUNTS with Liliana Dirks-Goodman, and the Salon Show at Ulla’s House with Sasha Welsh. Her jewelry can be seen around the necks of many NYC artists.

Deborah Black – Isadoration; with Davina Cohen

Deborah Black grew up in rural Western Pennsylvania, trained as a ballet dancer in
Pittsburgh, received a BFA in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a second
major in Art History, and commissioned two solos from Deborah Hay ” The Runner
(2007) and I’ll Crane For You (2008). She has collaborated with Margot Bassett, Karl
Cronin, Genevieve Beth Grady, Christiane Hommelsheim, Sasha Welsh, and has danced
for Diana Crum, Naomi Goldberg” Haas, Anneke Hansen, Susan Rethorst, and Peter
Sciscioli. Black, with Karl Cronin, received funding from the Jerome Foundation in 2010
to travel to Childress, TX to research the town, the people, and its landscape. She
studies the Alexander Technique with June Ekman and has trained with the SITI

Davina Cohen is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York City. Her credits as an
actor/movement artist/singer include: Nick Brooke/The Cabinet, Target Margin,
Women’s Project, foolsFURY, New Dramatists, Playwrights Foundation, Blessed Unrest,
San Francisco Opera, Berkeley Rep, Magic Theatre, NY Clown Theater Fest, The South
Wing, and HERE Arts. Her original work and adaptation of Deborah Hay’s I’ll Crane For
You have been supported by and presented at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council,
Movement Research, Philadelphia nEW Dance Festival, FURY Factory, Earthdance, San
Francisco Circus Center, and tinydangerousfun!. Collaborators include Sophia Remolde,
Taylor Mac, Enrique Urueta, Hillary Charnas, Jeremy Mikush, and leaf Tine. SITI
Company student and collaborator since 2004. She has taught and assisted workshops
through Solano College, Pacific Union College, the Western Massachusetts Moving Arts
Festival, and American Opera Projects. Current projects include a live radio play
commission for the Pop Up Museum of Queer History and a musical collaboration with
singer/songwriter Pistol Pete Sturman. Performance, yoga, and teaching