We spent 10 weeks in residence at Green Street Studios for their Spring 2014 Green Works program (formerly known as the Emerging Artist or New Works Program). We pushed our edges and explored new territory. Using selfies as source material, we sought to understand our relationship to ourselves and each others as watchers and when being watched, accepting attention as performers and training during classes. The piece examined body, movement quality, and emotion while shifting between the roles of director and directed, individual and shared experiences.
The piece arcs through a framework of three sections, the particulars driven by performer choices, with an original score and live accompaniment by Tyler Catanella of Paradise Lost. We are thrilled to continue to explore what we've just scratched the surface of, and cannot thank Green Street enough for creating the space and community to experiment with telling stories to move others through dance.
Until our next live performance of this piece TBD, enjoy excerpts from the April 18th, 2014 performance.
We are excited to perform in 12 Dancers Dancing - A Christmas in Cambridge this weekend at the Dance Complex. This will be our last show of 2013. For the holiday theme, we are creating a new piece inspired by winter nights snuggling by the fire. Here is all of the performance information. In the meantime, check out a compilation of rehearsal shots below.
12 Dancers Dancing...A Christmas in Cambridge
Friday, December 13th at 8 pm
Saturday, December 14th at 8 pm
Sunday, December 15th at 7 pm
Rainbow Tribe, Bside, Intimations Dance, Boston Community Dance Project, Derrick Davis, Sydni Lockeby, Disco Brats, Brookline Academy of Dance, Contemporarily Out of Order, Dance'n Feet, Impact Dance Company, Embrace, Cambridge Dance Company and Steffani Bennett
The Julie Ince Thompson Theatre at
The Dance Complex
536 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA in Central Square
$12 children and senior
**Please bring a new toy for our children's charity and receive $1.00 off of your admission ticket!**
Info and ticket reservations: www.honeyblonderdance.com
Last week we had the opportunity to re-vise and perform "Path Integration" for The Summer Choreography Project, a collaborative event presented each year at the Cape Cod Dance Center in Cataumet, MA. Directed by studio owner Eveline Carle, the project was created to provide a venue for young performing artists to engage in the performing art locally and present their work in a non-competitive environment. This diverse and inspiring performance incorporated a variety of dance styles, such as jazz, tap, modern, contemporary, and neoclassical.
Audience members were invited to write critical comments and personal perspectives to share with the dancers and choreographers after the performance. We enjoyed hearing the audience's reflections, comments and questions sitting in a circle in the dance space all listening and responding with snippets of our creative process. We were also grateful to share the stage with some great choreographers and companies creating new work, including the students of all ages at CCDC, Chris Alloways-Ramsey, TIDES Dance Company, and Betsi Miller, among others.
Here is a video of excerpts from the performance. We'd love you to share reflections, feedback and comments as our online audience!
For National Dance Day 2013 (Saturday, July 27th), some Intimations Dancers gathered for a 'mini-underscore' (and some food and good times). The Underscore is a long-form dance improvisation structure developed by Nancy Stark Smith. It has been evolving since 1990 and is practiced all over the globe. We only scratched the surface of this improvisational tool, engaging with the skinesphere and kinesphere, trying to 'drop-in' and be present for a few moments. I am looking forward to using this tool to expand upon our contact-based vocabulary and work to integrate more organic partner-work into my choreography. Enjoy.
Here is all the good stuff (program info, video and photos) from our most recent work and performance for ArtBeat Somerville. Feedback is welcome in the comments:
Music by The Books
Choreographed by Jessica Muise and the dancers
Dancers: Alexandra Botti, Caroline Carbo, Madeleine Chansky, Kristina McCarthy, Alyssa Rosenfeld, Kara Zabatta
As a gardener, I am always amazed by insects' roles and abilities in an ecosystem as some of the smallest organisms visible to the naked eye. Some insects carry over three hundred times their weight, others furiously decompose to allow for new life and re-birth, and some fly upwards of seven miles a day in search of pollen, always managing to find a way home. This piece explores insects' ability to communicate location to each other; the location of flowers, the location of light, the location of home (or making the decision to find a new home). One name humans have given to their process of knowing is 'path integration', a continous integration of movement cues of distance and direction to find their way.
This Saturday, we are performing at the Regent Theatre for the Arlington Alive Summer Arts Block Party. The performance is part of a day-long event featuring local artists, musicians, theater and dance groups. We are one of two dance groups sharing the stage for the evening show beginning at 6:30pm.
The event is free and open to the public, and we hope to see you there. Intimations Dance will be performing select pieces from our repertory, including "The walk was so cold but the colors" and "The Last Bird". RSVP here to our facebook event.
I am still feeling so blessed by our experience at Global Water Dances a few weeks ago under the beautiful sun surrounded by so many beautiful people. Five Intimations dancers spent the day at the foundation ruin of the Old Manse inside the Minuteman National Park in Concord, MA dancing for water in front of a gracious audience alongside CreationDance and Skyloom, our hosts, culminating with a procession to the bridge over the Concord River.
What is Global Water Dances?
From the GWD website: Global Water Dances is a world event first launched in June 2011. On a single day, a series of dances centered on water issues are performed beginning in the Western Pacific Rim, then encircling the globe. These dances are also broadcast online. Global Water Dances will start with performances in countries in the Pacific Rim, rolling westward through the time zones. Global Water Dances is a bold visionary artistic initiative focused on the critical need for safe drinking water. Already today, there are an estimated 5 million deaths per year globally from polluted water. By 2025, over half the world's population will be facing water-related problems. (See Water Issues page for more info.) Global Water Dances is a model of how to use participatory art-making to raise consciousness about environmental problems and how to bring people together to work on solving these problems. Participants and viewers of Global Water Dances learn about the critical role of humans in protecting water supplies.
We created a new 5 minutes piece to present for Global Water Dances. I was inspired by a village I lived in South Africa for a time, Gwexintaba, and what that experience taught me about my relationship to water. The village is literally at the end of the road, no electricity or running water, nestled in hills that led out to the ocean. I was drawn to a permaculture project there in its infancy, and stayed with my partner at the time to teach a 5-week interdisciplinary arts camp, we called Magwa Environmental Education Through the Arts. Every couple of days we had to fetch water, walking through a swamp, on unstable tree trunks and planks to reach the spring. I always had taken water for granted until I lived there. Growing up, and still today, I turn a piece of metal and water pours out, like there is an endless supply. But, there is not. Much less than 1% of the water on the planet is drinkable, and we are very quickly making that resource even scarcer through pollution and waste.
During rehearsal I was reminded of that place immediately, specifically of an image of women washing clothes. We would often walk to the gorge and waterfall on the edge of the village. We'd see women washing clothes in the small pools of water at the edge of the waterfall, using the flat rocks as washboards. That is where the movement began. The piece became a reflection of that experience, and an offering of gratitude for our access to clean water, and a call to action for the audience to question their daily relationship with such a precious and limited resource on this earth.
Here is a reflection from the director of Skyloom who so graciously hosted us... "“Intimations” dance group under the direction of Jessica Muise presented a water dance inspired by Jessica’s time living in South Africa. The dancers performed in silence with strength, determination, fluidity and deep connection to the earth.". To read more about her reflection and details of the event, see her post here on the Sacred Dance Guild's website.
Here is a video and photographs from the performance. Performing dancers are Alexandra Botti, Diana Pilarski, Alyssa Rosenfeld, Kara Zabatta and Audrey Zaferos. We are looking forward to exploring more site-specific work, and participating in Global Water Dances 2014.
Thank you to everyone who came out and saw our new piece "The Last Bird" at the Dance for World Community Festival. We were grateful to share the stage with many different dance forms to support dance and social change on such a beautiful warm and sunny day on the Cambridge Common. We look forward to participating in next year's festival!
Intimations Dance - The Last Bird
Choreographed by Jessica Muise
Dancers: Alexandra Botti, Caroline Carbo, Etienne Hernandez, Kristina McCarthy and Kara Zabatta
Music: Zoe Keating - "Hello Night"
Here are some photos and video from the performance. Please let us know what you think! We now begin work on a new pieces for Global Water Dances next Saturday July 15th at the Minuteman National Park in Cambridge, MA and ArtBeat in Somerville on July 20th. Check out our upcoming performances page for more details.
In January 2011, I watched Erica Frankel, a dancer I met at NYU create and document new choreography every single day. I was inspired by the challenge and the opportunity National Choreography Month presented; a call to action to set aside excuses and overcome obstacles to create new dance work. In 2012, I set aside my excuses and created new work, in four 1 1/2 hour rehearsals. We performed for the camera in the studio on the last rehearsal.
In 2013, Nachmo founders Sharyn Korey and Anna Brown-Massey suggested I organize a Boston showing for choreographers to share their work. I was both afraid and excited. If I organized a showing, I would have to submit my own work to be performed for the public, which would be in many ways for my company Intimations Dance.
Put excuses aside. I sent an email out to the Dance Action Network, an list-serv hub for dance happenings in Boston. Crickets. I posted on facebook, on my website, and emailed again. I almost called it off. Meghan McCaffrey, founder and artistic director of Impact Dance Company encouraged me not to give up so easily. So I sent one more email. Over 10 companies responded to my email, and from there the show fell into place. Green Street Studios contacted me about hosting the event and suddenly I had a venue, a date, and a 75 minute run time show.
80 audience members, including many dancers, teachers and choreographers from the Boston dance community, came out to see 9 new works. In addition to challenging choreographers to an intense month of dance-making, Nachmo hopes to create connections and gather energy that will last throughout the year. I am thrilled to have this event contribute to an already vibrant dance community here in Boston.
Here are some photos from the event by Kristophe Diaz and I look forward to Nachmo 5 and the second annual Nachmo Boston showing.