DANCEROULETTE: Diana Crum, Yanira Castro, David Thomson

Wednesday, February 1, 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.

Diana Crum – If I tell myself I have enough time, then I can be with you
Yanira Castro – HEATHER O
David Thomson – Velvet

HEATHER O
Direction & Choreography by Yanira Castro
Performance by Kimberly Young
Set & costumes by Kathy Couch
Sound by Stephan Moore

Heather O is an exploration of portraiture, projection and presence. Specifically, it is a portrait of performer Heather Olson through movement created for and with her from 2002 to 2008. It is a dance that asks: What does it mean to be on stage? And what does it mean to prepare for it?

Puerto-Rican born director/choreographer Yanira Castro <http://www.acanarytorsi.org/>  collaborates with a core group of performers and designers on individual projects under the name “a canary torsi” . She and her collaborators work in a multiplicity of spaces: from warehouses, cellars, and restrooms to the stage, embedding dances within visual and audio installations that directly address the audience’s experience of the live event. Castro began dancing at Amherst College where she graduated with a BA in Theater, Dance, and Literature in 1994. Her work has been presented by Dance Theater Workshop, PS122, The Chocolate Factory, and EMPAC, among others, and has toured internationally to the Daile Theatre in Latvia and the Tanzhaus NRW in Germany for the Tanzmesse Festival. Castro was artist-in-residence in Bacau, Romania through Artist Ne(s)t and has received several fellowships and awards for her work, including The MAP Fund, The Jerome Foundation, National Dance Project, and the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography.

Velvet – David Thomson & Malcolm Low – a collaboration/introduction….including mayhem, desire, thoughts and consequences

David Thomson is a collaborative artist who has worked in the fields of dance, music, and performance since the early 80¹s with such artists as Mel Wong, Remy Charlip,  Jane Comfort, Trisha Brown (1987-93), Bebe Miller, Sekou Sundiata, Dean Moss/Layla Ali, Susan Rethorst, Meg Stuart, Ralph Lemon and Marina Abramović among many others. He was a founding member of the a cappella performance group, Hot Mouth.  Thomson was honored with Bessies in 2001 for Sustained Achievement and 2006 as part of the creative team of Landing/Place.  He has taught nationally and internationally, as well as serving on the faculties of Sarah Lawrence College, Movement Research and the Experimental Theater Wing at NYU.   His work has been presented by Danspace Project, The Kitchen and Dance Theater Workshop.  Thomson is a 2011 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence.

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Malcolm Low was selected in 2011 to be one of four Choreographic Fellows for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab, under the direction of Robert Battle. He is originally from Chicago where he danced with Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Co. Then moving to Canada Mr. Low worked with Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal and Ballet British Columbia.  Upon arriving to New York Malcolm worked with Stephen Petronio, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Complexions and for 4 wonderful years with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. and most recently with Crystal Pite/ Kidd Pivot.  Malcolm will be showing his work, COLLAPSING GIANT, at Joyce SoHo on March 2 and 3 at 730pm.  Please follow him at Malcolm Low/Formal Structure on facebook and twitter.