Works in Progress by Josie Bettman, Olana Flynn and Cristina M. Leyva
MFA Candidates in Experimental Choreography
Committee Chairs: taisha paggett, Joel Smith, Ni'Ja Whitson
October 24th and 25th, 8PM
Performance Lab, ARTS 166
University of California Riverside
Free and open to the public. No late seating.
Though admission is free, a ticket is required. One ticket per person will be distributed at the venue, one hour before the performance. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Parking: Complimentary permits available at the Kiosk.
These works are presented by the University of California, Riverside, Department of Dance and created in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Experimental Choreography.
Josie Bettman, a practitioner and researcher working between dance, writing, and video in pursuit of a mutation of gender roles in dance.
Olana Flynn makes work that looks to the ways dance, photographs, and sound might intersect in performance. She is a founding member of LOCULUS, a graduate of Hampshire College/FCDD, and served as adjunct faculty at Springfield College before coming to Riverside. Her work has been presented throughout New England as well as in New York and Philadelphia.
Cristina M. Leyva dances within the context of ecology, community, and ancestry. She writes, directs and performs solo and ensemble work for dance, theater, and film with occasional poetry. Formerly she directed The Bee Dance Project, co-directed anthrocollagik sound + movement co., and graduated from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures.
Image from La casa de mi abuelo, dance film by Cristina M. Leyva
TIME // LOCULUS // Lauren Tosswill + John Fireman
Portland ME, Apohadian
LOCULUS // PussyVision // Cashman + Hersey // Curtain Lump
Greenfield MA, The Root Cellar
LOCULUS // Wotring // Seethaler
Philadelphia PA, Mascher Space Co-op
The Last Ha!
Brooklyn NY, The Glove
You are invited to an informal showing of a work in progress by Olana Flynn and Madison Palffy!
Olana and Madison have been collaborating with each other for over 5 years. They are co-founders of LOCULUS, a performance collective that produces a quarterly journal and collaborates with DIY musicians and artists to create performances in non-traditional spaces. They share a love for some good classic rock, dance in dialogue with other art forms, big dancey moves, and small details. They are interested in work that values memory, multiple intelligences, and the potential for many worlds to exist in one performance. Their collaborations span the material (sound, objects, video) and immaterial (dead artists, long distance friends, ghosts).
While in residence at SCDT, they have been weaving their solo practices with some fresh duet magic. Think the ghosts of country icons starring in a new kick flick with a harsh noise Danzig soundtrack.
Please try to arrive on time! (event is FREE)
UCR Visiting Assistant Professor: Louise Potiki Bryant
DNCE 244: Special Topics in Dance Making
Whakaahua - Coming to Form - An indigenous approach to dance-making
An in-class showing open to campus.
Magnolia Yang Sao Yia
Nau mai, haere mai.
We would like to welcome you to TŪHONO, an in-class showing of solo works by graduate students Josie Bettman, Olana Flynn, Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, and Christina Leyva.
Each solo has been devised within the framework, principles and methodologies of Whakaahua Dance - an indigenous dance and somatic practice which arose out of Potiki Bryant’s long-term collaboration with researcher and composer Professor Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal.
Whakaahua Dance is informed by Professor Royal’s research into the historical whare tapere - Māori community houses of storytelling, dance, music, games and more. Whakaahua means to acquire form or to transform, and Whakaahua Dance draws inspiration from a central concept of the haka (dance) of the whare tapere, whereby a quality from the natural world emerges from deep within a dancer to find it’s fullest expression in the performance of the dance. The Whakaahua Dance practice offers somatic exercises and techniques for creativity, healing, choreography and movement improvisation.
The name of our showing; Tūhono means to join, bond or to connect, and is an acknowledgement of the connections we’ve made, across cultures and nations, via the sharing of the Whakaaua Dance practice.
An evening of new work by University of California, Riverside MFA students in Experimental Choreography the PhD students in Critical Dance Studies.
Magnolia Yang Sao Yia
Jemuel Jr. B. Garcia
Cristina M. Leyva
Coordinated by Josie Bettman, Olana Flynn, Jemuel Jr. B. Garcia, Mallory Peterson
Reserve tickets via eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/round-1-tickets-46474237696
Supplemental Facts is a work by UCLA Art Department MFA candidate Todd McQuade that mobilizes performance to evidence the potential effects of visual artworks.
The show runs from May 3rd - May 11th with performances throughout.
I will be performing Thursday May 3rd, 6-8pm + Saturday May 5, 2-4 pm.
I will be presenting new choreography as part of Dance Under Construction, a graduate student conference hosted by UC Riverside. Exact schedule TBD.
About my work:
Here in the Background Between Two Figures is a short solo by Olana Flynn performed in a corner, in the dark. The movement is a simple and repetitive improvisational score with one light focused straight up. Positioned at the feet of the dancer, her body is projected in diverging and overlapping shadows onto the ceiling and walls of the performance space. The score for the work includes multiple tracks, each of which play out of different sound sources throughout the room. In contrast to the physical movement that stays in place the sound moves throughout the room created the sense of multiple worlds within the performance space. Here in the Background Between Two Figures is an exploration of double exposures, a photographic mishap in which multiple images are exposed onto the same frame of film. In this choreographed work we see body exposed over shadow, shadow exposed over shadow, sound exposed over sound, body exposed over sound, sound exposed over shadow.
About the Conference
The way that Dance Studies defines dance and scholarship is constantly shifting. New questions of embodiment as a way of being and knowing on and beyond the stage abound. As disciplinary borders and the line between artist and scholar blur, we ask, what does dance do? And why should we pay attention to it?
Dance Under Construction (DUC) is an interdisciplinary UC forum in which graduate-level scholars meet to discuss each other's work and to reflect on new developments in the field of Dance Studies. The conference will include paper panels, performances, workshops, films, and feedback from faculty. Participants are requested to be in attendance for the entirety of the conference in order to support each other.
Created by Luis Lara Malvacías / 3RD CLASS CITIZEN and presented in collaboration with the Dance Department at UC Riverside.
The project is a multidisciplinary event pursuing a deeper investigation of the cultural, aesthetic and social complexities embeded in the word “Alterity,” which in itself defies a simple definition: it equally defines both difference and otherness.
The invited participants are directly or indirectly working with this subject matter and experimenting with different forms of performance art, installations, video and dance. The artists themselves, as well as guest lecturers and scholars will be in charge of lectures, workshops and discussions to widen the scope of this unique meeting. The specific dates for this event are February 24th to March 3rd, 2018.
The event will be presented under the umbrella of the The Institute of Global Longing, and it will embrace: the strange, the unconventional, the unaccountable and the unfamiliar. For many years - and even more so today - conservative groups and societies have discriminated against individuals that in many ways are seen as part of, or belonging to, these groups. At first glance, it includes immigrants, queers, people of color, and artists living and working on the margins of society. However, the interdisciplinary offerings will move beyond issues of gender, identity, and sexuality to deal with a larger range of social and aesthetic concerns.
The idea is to create an 8-day event, to offer a dynamic platform and to have an outreach to the larger community of Riverside and the nearby cities.
Loculus will be participating for the second year in the Northampton Print & Book Fair! We will have every issue of the Loculus Journal to date as well as work by individual collective members available.
The NPBF is a curated event established to promote contemporary prints and publications, celebrating local talent while bringing regional artists and publishers to our community. Artists, publishers, labels, editors, and distros are invited to display and sell their work—including zines, artists’ books, chapbooks, minicomics, screenprints, letterpress prints, photographs, shirts, records, tapes, and more.
As part of our mini-residency in 2X3: A Generative Artwork Residency Project, Loculus will offer a sensation based workshop inspired by their collective practice on Tuesday, August 9, from 10am-12pm at A.P.E. Gallery. The workshop will involve writing, drawing, and movement. What is generated there will inform (and may be included) in Loculus's upcoming performance and journal. All abilities and movement backgrounds welcome! For more info: email@example.com
2X3: A Generative Artwork Residency Project
August 7 – August 13
Esther White and Trevor Powers, Curators.
2x3 will use A.P.E. Gallery as an artists’ studio, production facility, and exhibition space. 2x3 will provide two artists, Leah Mackin and Sally Clegg, and one collective, Loculus, each with two-day, mini-residencies in the gallery. The artists will each create new work using their time, a photocopier, and simple bookmaking tools. 2x3 creates a transparent space for art making and experimentation, where the means of production are both exposed and accessible.
The OBIE Award-Winning Little Theatre—a more-or-less monthly presentation of new theatre, dance, performance & media, more-or-less curated by Frank Boudreaux, Normandy Raven Sherwood, Katie Rose McLaughlin & Jeffrey M. Jones—continues its sixteenth season.
Featuring new work by Jim Fletcher/Katiana Rangel; Olana Z Flynn; Gavin Price/John Gasper/Natalie Mack/Emily Pacilio/Emily Craver; & Second Sister Productions (Aaron Haskell)
FOUR SEASONS: THE SUMMER; Jim Fletcher & Katiana Rangel’s work-in-progress from Sarah Kane’s Blasted
The Summer is the second part of Four Seasons. The Spring was performed at Little Theater @ Dixon Place in May of 2015.
THEY CALL THESE SEA STACKS; choreographed by Olana Z Flynn, in collaboration with dancers
Performed by Olana Z Flynn, Madison Palffy, Jennifer Roberts
Soundscore composed & performed by: Sean Duram
How can dancers yield to sound? Can sound be the thing that gravity pushes you towards? The thing that supports you and holds you?
GODZILLA; Gavin Price, John Gasper, Natalie Mack, Emily Pacilio & Emily Craver
Alchemical and scientific transformations in deep ocean exploration. Music dance text.
THE PACT; created by Second Sister Productions & directed by Aaron Haskell
Performed by Dorothy James, Catherine Gowl, Patrick Osteen, Leah Hoffman, Andy Manjuck, Emma Wade, Emily Asaro, Jason Carvell & Aaron Haskell
Puppet creator: Aaron Haskell
Associate Director: Jon Riddleberger
Puppetry Director: Dorothy James
Script: Paul Smithyman
Composer: Nathan Koci
Sets: Jonathan Cottle
A tale of two brother wolves surviving in the wild on their own. Told through the styles of a Nature documentary and mythological storytelling.
This class will be taught collaboratively by Olana Flynn, Madison Palffy, and Jennifer Roberts who are currently rehearsing for a work by Olana.
My choreography speaks a language of disintegrating unison. It is often virtuosic, with obtuse balances and moments of stillness that allow the mover to feel the ‘loss’ of movement and dwell in the space of emptiness. These corporeal silences are full of reverberations in the body allowing the mover to revel in the memory of moving which in turn inspires the next motion.
In our current process we are collaborating with musician Sean Duram. Our fundamental research in this process is to explore how a sound can hold you up. Using the principles of floor work and release technique, how do you allow the sound to be the thing that gravity pushes you towards, the thing that supports you and literally holds you up.
We will explore these same questions in class through a series of set exercises and improvisations ending in phrase material from our current work.
Loculus Collective presents their second publication in dialogue with three local artists, Jennifer Cavanaugh, Noel’le Longhaul, and Raisa Sandstrom. The event will take place November 19th from 6-9 pm on the first floor of the Eastworks building, next to the RMV, with performances by the collective at 7:30 pm. Additional gallery hours will be held Friday November 20th from 6-9pm and Saturday November 21st from 10am-1pm.
Loculus Quarterly Volume I, Issue I and Volume I, Issue II will both be available for a sliding scale of $5-$10.
Jennifer Cavanaugh (drawings and journals)
Noel’le Longhaul (drawings)
Raisa Sandstrom (photographs)
This event is made possible by the generous support of Eastworks.
Loculus Quarterly Journal is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Loculus, a newly Western Mass based collective will be celebrating our unveiling and the release of our first publication.
We are joining forces with the Western Mass DIY punk scene. Event features performances by Loculus and bands (touring and local) at the Hadley Legion. The bar will be open!
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A new solo, choreographed by Olana for Jennifer Roberts.
Jennifer Roberts, is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College where she began her formal training in dance. Thanks to the brilliant faculty of the Five College Dance Department, she’s encountered many forms of dance and the different pedagogies for engaging and teaching non-traditional movers. Jennifer has had the opportunity to perform works by wonderful choreographers including Katie Martin, Ranjanaa Devi, Camille A. Brown, Carl Flink, Terese Freedman and Jim Coleman at venues throughout New York, the Pioneer Valley and the Midwest. In addition to performing, she has been awarded grants to pursue her independent work in dance and liturgy. Recently Jennifer has had the honor of performing for the Boston based companies Weber Dance, Quicksilver Dance and Angie Moon Dance Theater.
An installation work, in the pit of my sanctuary, made in collaboration with Molly McBride as part of Hayley-Jane Blackstone's Division 3 Cold Sweat: A Haunted House.
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Olana's newest work, collapsed reverberation, is being presented as part of the Tiny Dance Festival at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn, NY.
9PM Friday December 5th, 7PM Saturday December 6th
Two dancers performing choreography that speaks a secret language in disintegrating unison. It is often virtuosic, with obtuse balances and yet there are moments of stillness that allow the viewer to feel the “loss” of movement and dwell in that space of emptiness.
Tracing is a month long residency (May 1st-June 2nd 2014) curated and facilitated by Emelia Brumbaugh and Olana Flynn in conjunction with the Mill Arts Project. The residency will provide up to four artists the opportunity to engage in their personal practice while simultaneously establishing a collaborative process with each other. The residency will culminate in a multi-media performance or installation collaboratively created by participants. This work will engage fundamentally with dance, movement design, and space as a workable medium. Specific themes will be established collaboratively in the first few days of the residency based upon shared interests, and developed during weekly group rehearsals. Each artist participating in Tracing will be expected to help fulfill the MAP guideline of 15hrs of public programming per week. Artists are encouraged to hold open rehearsals, give lectures about their field and artistic process, or give workshops.
Performing a new duet choreographed in collaboration with Justin Norris at Fertile Ground, a new works showcase for emerging and established artists. The showcase includes a post-performance discussion with wine and cheese- moderated by Green Space's Artistic Director, Valerie Green.
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