I am performing as an ensemble dancer in "Heartbeat: A Modern Dance Rock Concert", an incredible collaboration between folk-funk and modern dance on March 21st 8:00pm at the Oberon Theatre in Harvard Square. Tickets are $35 for VIP Table Seat and $20 for Standing Room and can be purchased here.
From this experience, I am inspired to collaborate with live musicians in creating new dance work. It is more visceral and intensely experiential to dance with live music; the sound vibrates through the body and the aural experience takes the movement to another mind-body-in-the-now-place.
I am looking forward to sharing reflections from the performance and more from the rehearsal process with you. For now, check out the press release I put together below. See you at the show!
For Immediate Release
Heartbeat: A Modern Dance Rock Concert Premieres at the Oberon Theater
Live music and dance celebrate a story of love, throughout life
Boston, MA, March 7, 2013 - One part folk/funk concert, one part contemporary dance, "Heartbeat: A Modern Dance Rock Concert" weaves together music, dance, and visual arts to tell the story of one man's love life at the Oberon Theatre on March 21st, 2013 at 8:00pm. Follow the protagonist through teenage twitter-pation, affairs, temptations, weddings, and funerals as dancers bring to life thirteen interwoven tracks that blend classic grooves with stellar songwriting. Performed in the round using the Oberon Theatre's full 360 degrees of theatre space, the audience becomes the active participants in an extravagant party that celebrates love, throughout life.
The George Woods Band and Boston choreographer Jen Kuhnberg teamed up and raised more than $6000 via Kickstarter to turn "Heartbeat" into a full-fledged Modern Dance Rock Concert. As The George Woods Band performs live their new full-length concept album "Heartbeat", 12 dancers will portray the story through Jen Kuhnberg’s intricate yet relatable choreography. With soaring strings, groovy horn sections, and a through written lyric that reads track to track and cover to cover, the show keeps you moving with lush partnering arrangements, heart-felt movement, and solid grooving rhythms. Special guest acoustic soul artist Dan Rodman will open the show.
“Watching Jen's choreography bring to life the storytelling in George's emotionally rich songs is like having a camera into someone's beautiful dream. As a whole, the production is full of surprises and payoffs of the things you hope (and fear) will happen. This is collaboration at its best,” says Amy Kucharik, a Boston Singer Songwriter Performer.
Get an inside look into the collaborative rehearsal process for this show via video clips and dancer interviews on the Youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/georgewoodsmusic. “Heartbeat” the record is currently available via iTunes and Bandcamp.