Julie Ince Thompson Theatre at the Dance Complex
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
PENTACLE PRESENTS: THE GALLERY: BOSTON
Dance companies from across the USA to perform
Friday and Saturday, April 21 & 22, 2017 at 8:00pm
Pentacle, the artist services agency based in New York City, returns for the third year with a program of performances by its Gallery artists including Dorcas Roman Dance Theatre from Los Angeles, The Moving Architects - formerly from Chicago now in the metropolitan New York area, Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble from Philadelphia, and Janis Brenner & Dancers and Body Stories: Teresa Fellion Dance from New York City.
Shows Friday and Saturday evening at 8:00pm. Plus an artist talk open to the community Saturday afternoon from 3pm to 4:30 facilitated by Peter DiMuro, Executive Director of The Dance Complex:
Dancing Without Borders: Where We Dance, How We Dance
A Dance Dialogue hosted by The Dance Complex and Pentacle - with and for dance artists from around the country and you!
An informal exchange (with refreshments!) on what's really making dance happen in the resident and touring destinations both Pentacle and Boston area-based dance artists find themselves.
The companies performing include:
BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance will bring their latest work Agawam fresh from its premiere in New York March 11-12, 2017. BodyStories is a contemporary dance company that captures and communicates universal human encounters through dynamic, purposeful movement. They are a multifaceted, highly physical company laced with provocative, emotional, political and humorous edges. The work is intellectual and highly choreographed in every moment. Live music is an important factor in many of their productions and they consistently work via in-depth collaborations in lighting, costume, video and set design. In addition to creating and performing innovative works, the company is committed to reaching diverse populations through outreach and education and maintaining a stable business model to sustain their work. Valuing international exchange, collectively company members speak nine languages and research, perform, and collaborate with artists from five continents. The company has had a presence in Boston for the last number of years and is pleased to return to The Dance Gallery with other Pentacle Gallery artists.
Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble is showing a melding of two pieces from their repertory: Somebodiness and I AM The EMCEE. The Philadelphia-based, multicultural, contemporary modern dance company was founded in 2006 by Artistic Director Antoinette Coward-Gilmore. In the Kiswahili language, the word “nia” means “purpose.” As an ensemble, we dance with a purpose — to inspire ourselves and others toward positive personal, social and cultural change. The company's mission is to educate, empower, and create the next generation of well-rounded arts advocates and citizens by presenting exceptional dance works, collaborating with artists across genres, and delivering high-impact residencies. Danse4Nia produces annual performances in New York City and Philadelphia, and has participated in Dance In Public Places to help further advocate for and foster awareness of the state of concert dance in Philadelphia. Its initial performance included collaborations with New York based spoken word artist Mo Beasley and International Turntablist DJ Razor Ramon; since then DANSE4NIA has showcased works from established choreographers Faye Snow, Shawn-Lamere Williams, Meredith Rainey, Abdul Salaam as well as Ms. Coward-Gilmore.
Dorcas Román Dance Theatre (DRDT) will be presenting Unwinding in which a group of people trapped in today’s hyper-demanding technological world feel disconnected from each other until they find the freedom they are looking for within themselves. The company employs and incorporates contact improvisation, release, dance-theatre, Latin jazz, Flamenco and West African dance as well as Horton Technique in their work. DRDT explores social, racial and gender issues through dance and theatre, and is committed to making the arts accessible to all communities to raise social awareness. Previous tours include appearances in Spain, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Chicago, New York, Texas, Vermont, California and with Pentacle in Boston. Festival showings include CoolNY, Going Dutch, Wave Rising, Dance Gallery Festival, MixMatch Dance Festival, The Chicago Harvest Contemporary Festival and the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, as well as in their home base in Los Angeles where they have performed in dance series at Highways Performance Space, Studio A and the BlackTina Dance Festival in California. A dancer and choreographer native of Puerto Rico, Dorcas Román has been active in dance and theatre for over 20 years and has presented and created work in Spain, Puerto Rico and Brazil and been nominated for an Ovation award in Los Angeles. Román has taught in higher education for more than fifteen years including California State University, Long Beach; Cypress College; Cerritos College; Marymount College; El Camino College, and now at the Shenandoah University conservatory as a Full time Visiting Professor of Dance. She has also served as part of the American Delegation for the Internationale Tanzmesse Festival for Contemporary Dance in Düsseldorf, Germany in 2014, and was invited to join the Latina Dance Theater Project by teaching and presenting work in collaboration with Projecto EluzArtes in Vitória, Brazil, in spring 2015. Román served as faculty, dancer and choreographer at the Southern Vermont Dance Festival over the last two summers. She also participated in an artist residency in Greece this past fall in a project called Islanders among Waters and recently led a student trip to China. Román received her Bachelor of Arts in theatre at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and her Master of Fine Arts in choreography and performance from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also certified in Hatha Yoga, Shakti Naam, Naam Yoga and Prenatal Yoga.
Janis Brenner & Dancers will perform Lost, Found, Lost, with music by Meredith Monk, Bang On a Can, and the dancer's "breath" score. One of the company's signature works, it will be enhanced with 5 to 6 local dancers from the Boston community in the final section. Ms. Brenner appears as a vocalist. "Trivial loss, such as ' lost a sock,' builds into 'I've lost my innocence, my courage, my father.' The piece pairs the concrete, as in its gestural images and a sense of shared human experience, with an abstract movement vocabulary. The dancers breathe in exaggerated rhythmic patterns of holds and releases, mimicking life's routine of finding and losing. In the end, dancers crawl downstage to a line of objects. Kneeling, they stare down at what they still have." The Dance Journal, Philadelphia. Then company is an acclaimed NY company known for its “meticulous artistry” (Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice). They have performed throughout the U.S., Asia, Southeast Asia, and Europe for more than twenty years and been presented by leading NY organizations and festivals including Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Madison Square Garden Theater, Symphony Space, Joyce SoHo, The 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, DanceNow, Battery Park Dance Festival, Dance In the Square, Fiorello Festival, and the screening of the Dancing In Absentia video at The Joyce Theater. The company has appeared at many festivals including ones in Russia, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, France, Switzerland, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival, New Moves Festival, Huntington Arts Festival, and many others. Ms. Brenner’s works range from the virtuosic and musical heartSTRINGS, to the solo tour-de-force Solo For Janis by Richard Siegal, to her characteristically intense and “emotionally authentic” dances such as Lost, Found, Lost and A “Peace” For Women, to her vocal/movement collaborations with Meredith Monk, her multidisciplinary, intergenerational The Memory Project, and the movement/improv/text The Mind-Stuff Variations. The company’s NY concert seasons have been major, critically acclaimed events in the dance community, encompassing work from Ms. Brenner’s choreographic journey as well as works of major creative forces and mentors such as Murray Louis, Meredith Monk, Annabelle Gamson, Mary Wigman and collaborators Mitchell Bogard, Richard Siegal, Theo Bleckmann and Michael Moschen.
The Moving Architects will perform their latest work The Jam which will have premiered just prior to their Boston appearance. Erin Carlisle Norton founded The Moving Architects on New Year’s Day, 2007. Growing up outside Pittsburgh, PA she developed a heightened awareness of her experience of physical spaces long-steeped in the passage of time. As an artist she seeks to channel research of places, structures, their histories, and associated cultural transformations into choreography, exploring the embodiment of past and distant spaces in the heightened present of live performance. In March 2011, the company completed a tour of Central Asia sponsored by The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassies, and in 2012 the company had a residency as part of Tercer Festival Internacional de Danze Antigua, Guatemala City. Additionally Norton was invited to teach and perform throughout Morocco with Association DFleurs Action 5 Dans Festival with sponsorship by the U.S. Embassy. In the NYC area, TMA has performed at Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dixon Place, Movement Research Open Performance, Green Space, Triskelion Arts, Chez Bushwick, Peridance, Gibney Dance, DNA, South Orange Performing Arts Center (NJ), and DeBaum Auditorium (NJ). Nationally TMA has performed at The Other Dance Festival (Chicago), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), Links Hall (Chicago), Wellspring Dance Forum (MI), World Dance Alliance Festival (WI), and Columbus Dances (OH), and for the last two years in Pentacle’s show at The Dance Complex. Norton received the prestigious 2014 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Choreographic Fellowship and frequently teaches master classes in academic and community settings across the country. In June 2015, TMA launched “Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast,” a dance interview podcast led by Norton that features the choreographers, dancers, educators, media artists, administrators, collaborators, and other “shapers” of the dance field.
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