Danaka Dance to Premiere THOUSAND PLATEAUS, 6/19-21
Danaka Dance, boundary-breaking contemporary dance influenced by a cross pollination of cultures and disciplines, presents the world premiere of Thousand Plateaus, three nights only, June 19-21. With a wide range of art exhibitions to accompany this live and unique performance, the premiere celebrates over a decade of dancemaking for choreographer Danah Katz, and explores a strong artistic collaboration between the cities of New York and Tel Aviv. Presented at Irondale Theater in Brooklyn, the setting expands the exploration of the stage into architecture, cinema, and sound investigations.
"With a keen and visceral awareness of symmetry and geometry, Thousand Plateaus is a totalistic experience-an honest account of growth and perception, innate use of cinematic themes and the fusing of technical elements to create a 'night at the museum,'" remarks choreographer Danah Katz. "The unique staging creates an environment where viewers dictate their own experience."
Thousand Plateaus turns the idea of theater in-the-round inside out. The configuration seats audience members in the middle of the hall, with dancers circling the perimeter. The special limitations for the dancers create plateaus, and each may be watched independently of one another. The story will evolve for each audience member with an original perspective of each of the four female characters, different from what audience members experience sitting on a different side of the square configuration. Thousand Plateaus navigates a search for identity and meaning with a multi-disciplinary body of movement seeking extremes in its breadth. Tension and freedom, strength and vulnerability, and a dichotomy between self and the perception of experience are common themes running throughout the premiere. The diverse bodies- artists hail from Japan, Colombia, U.S. and Israel-travel in time and space, silently, faced with a constant array of temptations, needs, and goals to achieve.
Other artistic elements will compliment the showcased work-dance video screenings, artist sketching, and art exhibition will bridge the gap between multi-cultural collaborations to present a unified vision of progression, growth, history and future. Film screenings include: A dance film adaptation of the acclaimed Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's Rosas Danst Rosas by Yaniv Cohen, a former dancer of Carte Blanche (The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance); joined by additional dance film, The Unfortunates, by filmmaker Amir Stolar and choreographer Idan Yoav. Lastly, artist Keren Katz will be sketching Thousand Plateaus each night, each character as they build into a storyline throughout the duration of the run at Irondale. The sketches will be on exhibition post performance each night.
General seating is available for $24.50 on-line and $26 at the door, available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/701718.