Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre and Peter Carpenter Performance Project Announce Three World Premieres, 10/10-12
Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre and Peter Carpenter Performance Project announce three world premieres on a shared bill at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S. Michigan Ave. Performances are October 10, 11 and 12 at8 p.m.
Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre (SPDW) and Peter Carpenter Performance Project (PCPP) join forces to examine how political, psychic and aesthetic impulses shape our movements, our relationships and ourselves. The program features three world premieres by SPDW Guest Artist Netta Yerulshamy, SPDW Artistic Director Joanna Rosenthal and Peter Carpenter.
Yerulshamy's new work explores the body's capacity to transform in relationship to aesthetic inspiration. Emulating a stroll through an art museum, New York-based Yerulshamy worked with SPDW dancers to embody imagistic and sculptural states from a variety of historical referents. Her project aims to cultivate productive tensions between the inanimate nature of visual art and the kinetic, vital and breath-filled dancing body. In this choreographic debate between the flatness of the canvass and the dimensionality of the concert stage, Yerulshamy's new work showcases her distinctive approach to cultivating specificity in movement. This is the first showing of Yerulshamy's work in Chicago.
Rosenthal presents Whiteout, which explores psychic and kinetic impulses in the context of disorientation. The performance is the culmination of a substantial research process that Rosenthal began with SPDW ensemble members in the fall of 2012. Using a weather condition of invisibility-the inability to discern any horizon or shadow, known as a "whiteout"-as a metaphor for the ungrounded socio-cultural situation in which we live, Whiteout addresses the capacity of the human body under duress. Whiteout features costumes by Vin Reed and video projections designed by LUFTWERK.
Carpenter shows Rituals of Abundance for Lean Times #10: Entanglements of Power. He began working on the Rituals of Abundance cycle in the fall of 2011 as a means to interrogate perceptions of scarcity that became increasingly vivid in the wake of the recent global economic recession. This installment of the cycle engages with critical conceptualizations of power as the basis for its content and compositional structure. Entanglements of Power will locate the kinesthetic possibilities for coercion, dominance and resistance in the body and among a quartet of dancers-Carpenter along with Margi Cole, Lisa Gonzales and Matt McMunn. The dance locates the aesthetic of violent coercion as an insidious norm in our world, continuing investigations in Carpenter's work begun in his critically lauded work The Sky Hangs Down Too Close. Entanglements of Power features original music by Don Nichols.
The Dance Center presents Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre and Peter Carpenter Performance Project Thursday-Saturday, October 10-12, 2013 at 8 p.m. at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S. Michigan Ave. Single tickets are $26-30; subscribers who order tickets to three or more performances during the 2013-14 season save 20%. All programming is subject to change. The theatre is accessible to people with disabilities. For more information or to purchase tickets call the box office at 312-369-8330 or visit www.colum.edu/Dance_Center.
There will be a post-performance conversation with the artists on Thursday, October 10 free and open to ticket holders. A FamilyDance Matinee, featuring a special 45-minute family-oriented performance, will take place Saturday, October 12 at 3 p.m. preceded by a free parent/child movement workshop led by the artists at 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for children under 12. Tickets are available for purchase through the box office at 312-369-8330 or at www.colum.edu/Dance_Center.
Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre
Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre (SPDW), led by artistic director Joanna Rosenthal, is a Chicago-based contemporary dance ensemble that has built a strong reputation for work that is evocative, entertaining and engaging. SPDW has received critical acclaim for its varied repertory and powerful performers. SPDW presents the choreography of artists from across the country, both seasoned veterans as well as up-and-coming innovators, with styles that range from classical to post-modern dance. The diverse spectrum of work can range from humorous satire to high-octane virtuosity, but never ceases to delight audiences with performances that are dynamic and inspiring. Contributing artists include Peter Carpenter, Faye Driscoll, Jan Erkert, Carl Flink, Ashleigh Leite, Molly Shanahan, Jeff Hancock, Shirley Mordine, Sam Watson, and Shapiro and Smith Dance. For more information visit www.spdwdance.org.
Netta Yerulshamy has been creating dances since 1995. Known for its unique and fierce physicality, her work distills the awkward as an aesthetic quality, juxtaposing a sense of discomfort with beauty and power, in both movement and composition. She works with performers in New York and in Tel Aviv. Yerulshamy received a 2010 Fellowship in Choreography from the New York Foundation of the Arts, and a 2010-12 Six Points Fellowship. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center since 2010 and was a 2011 LMCC Swing Space Resident. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowhip in 2012. For more information visit www.nettay.com.
Peter Carpenter Performance Project
Peter Carpenter makes dances as a commissioned artist and under the auspices of PCPP. His work is known for its distinctive approach to blending intellect, physicality, theatricality, and humor. His current choreographic project-a cycle of dances under the umbrella title Rituals of Abundance for Lean Times-critiques socially constructed myths of scarcity in relationship to his own processes as a dancemaker. Carpenter also recently finished work on Fanfare for Marching Band, a dance for camera created in collaboration with director Danièle Wilmouth and the 30-piece punk-rock marching band, Mucca Pazza. Fanfare... premiered at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center as part of the DANCE MOViES commissioning project, and was recently shown at numerous festivals including the Lincoln Center Dance for Camera Festival, the American Dance Festival, Dance Camera West, Antimatter Film Festival, and the Black Maria Film Festival where it was awarded the Director's Prize. Carpenter is a two-time nominee of the Alpert Award in Dance and is an Associate Professor at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. For more information visit www.petercarpenterperformance.com.
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