Wednesday, June 07, 2006

dandelion dancetheater


Shameless self-promotion. But I'm hoping at least a few of you are intersted in this ;-)

I'm a core cast member of Dandelion Dancetheater's Undressed Project.

Ever wondered why I've got so much emotional blog fodder lately?? Well, aside from my life being what it is, and myself being who I am....it's also because I'm a part of this project.

I saw Dandelion perform "Nightmarsh" in 2004, right after I got out of the hospital. Images from that performance floated through my mind at unexpected moments for weeks. The piece used "the marsh" as an analogy for the human body...both teeming with life and simultaneoulsy rotting in decay. The cast was (and still is) an incredibly diverse group of performers (all ages, shapes, colors, abilities). For me, as an audience member, that diversity, and the vulnerability of the naked body used as a canvas, drew me into the piece in a way that had me right there with the dancers.

This 2006 incarnation of the project, called Anicca, is built on years on previous explorations and performances by Director Eric Kupers and a returning core cast. I'm a newbie, and I am extremely blessed to be part of the process.

(from the Dandelion website)
We are fascinated by human beings' very complex relationship to the body. In the Undressed Project, Dandelion uses naked modern dance to uncover the inherent beauty, interconnection and impermanence of all bodies; as well as the blocks that get in the way of experiencing such a perspective.
...Dandelion Dancetheater will create a new naked dance/theater work in 2006, titled, Anicca, a Pali word translated as "impermanence". We will challenge body image prejudice by illuminating the impermanence of all bodies, placing beauty concerns in a larger and more pressing context.

Come see us dance.
Come dance with us, even.
Or (more shameless promotion) please support our work with a donation.

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IN SAN FRANCISCO

THE NAKED BODY IN PERFORMANCE
Friday, June 9th, 8pm
Saturday, June 10th, 8pm
$20
Jon Sims Center for the Arts,, 1519 Mission St, San Francisco

A Benefit for the Undressed Project and Jon Sims Center for the Arts.
Performance by a dynamic collection of artists working with the naked body, including:
Dandelion Dancetheater
John Killacky
Capacitor
Bob Webb
Jim ‘e’ Sparkle Pants
Jess Curtis
David Wilson
and more!
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IN LOS ANGELES

THE UNDRESSED FEST
June 15 – 17, 8pm
$20/$15 (discounts for multiple shows/weekends)
Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave, Venice
Click here for tickets and info

Performance by a dynamic collection of artists working with the naked body, including:
Dandelion Dancetheater
John Killacky
Bob Webb
Jim ‘e’ Sparkle Pants
Sarah Luella Baker
Richard Piscuskas
Harupin-Ha
David Wilson
and more!


ANICCA (preview performances)
June 22 – 24, 8pm
June 25, 5pm
$20/$15 (discounts for multiple shows/weekends)
Electric Lodge (see above listing for info) or call 310.823.0710

The new evening length work from The Undressed Project collides nudity and body politics in a radical wrestling with impermanence. The work travels throughout the diverse physical spaces of Electric Lodge (wheelchair accessible).

CALLING ALL BODIES:
COME PERFORM AS PART OF THE ANICCA COMMUNITY CHORUS
(or opt out of performing, but still participate in a one-of-a-kind dance workshop experience)
Take the “Healing Body Image Through Naked Dance” workshop
June 17 & 18, 10 – 5pm, $75 one day, $130 both days
310-823-0710 or miranda@electriclodge.org

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RETURNING TO SAN FRANCISCO

ANICCA
Wednesday, July 12, 7pm
Thursday, July 13, 6pm
Friday, July 14, 7pm and 10pm (two shows)
Saturday, July 15, 7pm and 10pm (two shows)
Sunday, July 16, 6pm
$18/$13
Project Artaud/Theater of Yugen's Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa St, San Francisco
Tickets and information: 415.863.9834 www.odctheater.org
SPACE IS LIMITED—BUY EARLY!

World Premiere performances. The new evening length work from The Undressed Project collides nudity and body politics in a radical wrestling with impermanence. This site-specific journey travels surprising pathways through the Project Artaud complex, beginning on the sidewalk outsideTheatre of Yugen’s Noh Space (wheelchair accessible).

CALLING ALL BODIES:
COME PERFORM AS PART OF THE ANICCA COMMUNITY CHORUS
(or opt out of performing, but still participate in a one-of-a-kind dance workshop experience)
Take the “Healing Body Image Through Naked Dance” workshopJuly 8 & 9, 10am – 5pm, $200 (work-study available)
CounterPULSE, SFhttp://www.dancersgroup.org/sdf/index.php 415.920.9181

3 comments:

jodi said...

This is so exciting. I wish I could come and see the performance, but I'll have to rely on your description for now. That first image is really lovely.

Gray said...

You do the very coolest stuff! It's a little too far to drive from the east coast, but I just know it will be great. Thanks for the update.

Sara said...

I love that first photo! Actually, it looks more like a monarda than a dandelion, but that's quibbling. ;) I totally see the flower, the temporary, temporary flower. And it is beautiful.

I like the idea of each of our bodies as little more than an individual petal. Without watching the actual dance, I have no idea if that thought was ever part of the intent, of course, but this is what I get from this reflection of that frozen moment now.

I cannot make it to any of your performances, of course, but you know I shall disseminate this to all my lovely friends out west. Merde, and all that.