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LoudHoundMovement to Perform in Two NYC January Dance Festivals

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Brooklyn-based LoudHoundMovement (LHM), directed by Brendan Duggan and Mallory Lynn, has accepted invitations to perform in both the inaugural Excognito Dance Festival as well as the long-established APAP showcase in January 2016. In Excognito the company performs its evening-length In The Plague of Dreams (2013) and recent duet From Crown To Sole (2015). The festival is being presented by Belinda McGuire Dance Projects at the Actors Fund Arts Center (AFAC) in Brooklyn, with shows running from January 8-18. LHM's APAP performances of Chapter One, an excerpt from its 2015 work The Span, will occur on January 17th at the 14th St Y near Union Square.

In The Plague of Dreams is inspired by Lindsay Stern's novella Town of Shadows. Like Stern's book, the piece is a series of abstracted vignettes peeking into the lives of a town's artistically oppressed citizens, who seek alternative and often fantastical methods of self-expression. LoudHoundMovement choreographers Duggan and Lynn interpret the text's themes of loss and identity by following the experience of a main character on his journey through his metaphor-drenched memories. Originally conceived and performed as an immersive installation, it will be re-imagined for AFAC's space with creative input from the current cast.

From Crown to Sole follows two strangers discovering each other, their environment, and their audience. Natural hierarchy, subtle power struggles, and the presence of the audience seem to enclose the two strangers in a confined arena as they discover their potential for both rescue and apathy.

Chapter One is the opening section of an evening-length work entitled The Span, which chronicles an entire journey captured in a single moment. Inspired by the surrealist photography of Kyle Thompson and Sumyko collaged with natural landscapes, Chapter One focuses on the power of the natural world and humanity's submissive role within it.

LoudHoundMovement aims to enhance artistic integrity in contemporary dance-making through its research, idea exchange, and often multimedia-driven public performances. LHM invests in a creation process that is highly influenced by the individuality of its dancers, and values the distinctive self-expression of these artists. All works are created in collaboration with the performers.

The company has been presented at Gallim Dance Block Party, The CURRENT SESSIONS, The Playground AfterDark, The Freight Project, The Dance Gallery Festival, FAB! Festival NYC, Gowanus Art + Production (GAP) Open Studios, GAP Presents! at the Green Building and the Sky Gallery, Hoover Dam Collective, The Creator's Collective, Inception to Exhibition (ITE), Under Exposed at Dixon Place, and Gibney Dance Center. In 2015, only their third year as a choreographic duo, Duggan and Lynn were selected as Emerging Choreographers for Springboard Danse Montréal, where they presented past and current work at Place Des Arts and Usine C in Montreal.

Belinda McGuire Dance Projects, Joshua Beamish, and Joshua Beamish's MOVE: the company are also performing in the Excognito Dance Festival, which alternates shared-artist programs with evening-length works from each company. Tickets are $15-35 and are available at www.excognitodance.com and excognitodance.brownpapertickets.com. Check www.loudhoundmovement.com for more details, and for APAP ticket information coming soon.


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