Aug 29, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
Anna Halprin | Planetary Peace Dance Workshop
September 18 & 19 - 12:30-5:30 pm
Registration: $125, Limited to 50 Participants
"Conduit Dance is pleased to host Anna Halprin’s historic workshop, in Anna’s words, designed “to bring the community together in our commitment to World Peace – Peace within ourselves, with each other, and in our relationship to the environment. The workshop will serve as a time of focused preparation towards the performance of our closure event – the Planetary Peace Dance – and will offer the opportunity to reconnect with the joy, strength and inspiration that dance offers us. Drawing, writing, telling stories, and creating ritual will be connected to our dances. People of all ages and abilities are welcome.” Anna provided the following statement:
There may be a future where more of us will call ourselves artists and work together to make art concerned with the primary issues of life. There may be a future where art is once again honored for its power to inspire, teach, transform, and heal. There may be a future in which all people dance together, when the circle is open enough for both grandparents and children, people of any color or culture or spiritual practice. There may be a future when we will ask to join the four-legged and winged creatures and the creepy-crawlies, the mountains, oceans, sun and moon, the rainforests . . . instead of asking them to join us. There may be a future that is all of this, or there may be no future at all."
Aug 13, 2010
Aug 10, 2010
Aug 9, 2010
I enjoyed Elizabeth and Jenna's performance at Nationale last week partially for what it wasn't. They had wanted to perform outside and had set up a projection screen in front of the shop, but the Burnside construction noises had prohibited this from being feasible; instead, like sardines we packed in around Oregon Painting Society's sculptural objects to enjoy a performance in two parts: First, a video of the pair moving in psuedo-synchronicity in front of a rotating landscape ranging from New Mexican white desert to an Indian reservation to the lawn of the White House. There was no sound, the room was hot, the effect was spare and specific. After the video, Elizabeth read a series of movement directions - that in the end were revealed to be text messages sent from a friend to the girls during their road trip across the country and also the choreography from the video - and we were instructed to follow along. At first I groaned inside, my contrarian nature rebelling against active group participation. "Step four lengths to the left." "Put your face in a neutral position." But then something magical happened, and my resistance melted into total acceptance. "Look bored." "Put your arms at 90 degrees." Delight, in fact. "Whistle 'Walking After Midnight' By Patsy Cline." What could have been reduced to a spectacle for Burnside traffic was instead an intimate and hilarious experience that all attendants gave themselves to, hopping and grinning around the tiny gallery like demented chickens. It felt personal and unique, as any iteration of VERY LARGE ARRAY could in fact be.
Including your own! DVDs and MOVEMENTSCORE booklets are now available at Nationale for $8. Help support commodification opportunities for live artists, a gallery/shop that supports them, as well as buying yourself a great party trick and instant home performance art.
Review of show by Lisa Radon on Ultra.
Photos above by May Juliette Barruel.