Erica Rebollar & Friends in 40 and UP!
Erica Rebollar, Director of RebollarDance, will partner with 8 professional artists over 40 years of age to celebrate the works, wit and wisdom of age.
With a cast of nationally recognized choreographers from Los Angeles, Colorado, Minnesota, South Carolina, Baltimore, and DC, this evening length shared show, 40 and UP! will highlight diverse themes and genres of dance. Featuring the best choreographers from the DC/Baltimore area plus critically acclaimed out of town guest artists, the work is slated for success.
Participating artists joining Erica Rebollar include Helanius Wilkins, Sharon Mansur, Dan Kwong, Sandra Lacy, Jack Kirven, Giselle Rusany, and Malcolm Shute.
About the Artists (full bios).
Erica Rebollar’s “Rachmaninoff Prelude” is a condensation of quick-twitch, fast-fire movements performed at warp speed.
Erica Rebollar was born in Madrid, began studies at Washington School of Ballet, and completed her MFA in choreography at UCLA. As an undergraduate student, she received ACDA’s national award in choreography. With the founding of RebollarDance in 2003, Erica Rebollar created a modern dance collaborative where multi-genre artists can make innovative work.
Rebollar produced her first show in 1999 at Seatlle’s Mime Theater. She was a 3-time Lester Horton Award nominee in Los Angeles. Awarded the prestigious Mabou Mines Suites residency program in NYC, Erica showed evening length works at PS 122 and St. Mark’s Church. She was a recipient of Joyce Soho’s A.W.A.R.D show, performing at Judson Church, DTW (NY Live Arts), DNA, TPAC, and the Flea.
Upon relocating to DC, RebollarDance has received funding from the Art Council of Fairfax County, Kennedy Center’s LDCP grant, Culture DC’s Mead Theatre Lab Program/CityDance at Strathmore, and space grants from American Dance Institute and Dance Place. The company has performed numerous evenings at Dance Place, VelocityDC/ Harman Hall/Shakespeare Theatre, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, ADI, Atlas, Roundhouse, and Jack Guidone Theaters. Nominated for two Dance Metro DC Awards, RebollarDance has been twice highlighted as a Season Pick in City Paper and Washington Post with features on WAMU radio, FOX 5, and NBC news shows, along with a feature in the “Arts and Power” issue of DC Magazine/Modern Luxury. Hailed as “exactly what the District needs”, RebollarDance received a 2013 Dance Metro DC Award for “Excellence in Choreography”.
Erica was recently Visiting Artist and is the current full time Visiting Lecturer at UMBC’s Dance Department and adjunct faculty at GMU’s Dance Department. Erica is the 2016/17 recipient of the prestigious Pola Nirenska award for “Outstanding Contributions to Dance”. Her company RebollarDance is the awardee of Dance Place’s Space Grant for their recent spring tour. For more details, see www.rebollardance.com.
Helanius J. Wilkins
Wilkins “A Bon Coeur” is an excerpt of an evening-length, multimedia solo work that is currently in development featuring an original sound score composition & performance by Andy Hasenpflug.
Helanius J. Wilkins, a Louisiana native, is an award-winning choreographer, performance artist, and scholar. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Colorado Boulder. He lived in Washington, D.C. for 18 years where he founded EDGEWORKS Dance Theater, an all-male dance company of predominantly African-American men that existed for 13 years. His honors include the 2008 Pola Nirenska Award for Contemporary Achievement in Dance, DC’s highest honor given by the Washington Performing Arts Society; the 2002 and 2006 Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project Award; and three Metro DC Dance Awards. A three times finalist for the D.C. Mayor’s Arts Awards, he enjoys performing, creating, presenting, and receiving commissions for choreography throughout the U.S. and abroad. Foundations and organizations including New England Foundation for the Arts (NDP), National Performance Network (NPN), D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and the NEA have supported his work. www.helaniusj.com
“In Between” is a site-specific improvisational duet, directed by Sharon Mansur in collaboration with Erica Rebollar, investigates the rich potential of gaps, thresholds and other transitional spaces.
Sharon Mansur is an experimental multi-media dance and visual artist whose creative investigations integrate improvisational techniques, somatic practices, and interdisciplinary collaborative approaches. She has a keen interest in site-situated/responsive art that melds the visual and visceral, body and environment, as well as subtle energetic states. She loves creating experiences where active viewing and rampant imagination are welcome. Her live performance and dance film projects have been presented throughout the United States and internationally. Originally from Boston, Sharon has been involved with the wonderful Washington, DC area community for over two decades, including a long association with Dance Place, co-directing Quiescence with Daniel Burkholder, and teaching at area studios and universities, including the University of Maryland. She is currently based in Winona, Minnesota. www.mansurdance.com
Kwong presents the premier of “The Healing Blade”, part of his long-term exploration of family and its impact on our relationships.
Dan Kwong is an award-winning solo multimedia performance artist, videographer, writer, director, playwright and visual artist who has been presenting his work nationally and internationally since 1989. Hailed by critics as “a master storyteller”, Kwong draws upon his own life experiences as well as historical and contemporary material to explore the many facets of identity.
Touring extensively, Kwong has performed at venues all across the U.S. and in England, Hong Kong, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mexico, Canada, China and Korea. He is recipient of numerous fellowships, and received awards for Outstanding Mid-Career Artist from the California Community Foundation, and the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. He was honored by the Japanese American Historical Society for Outstanding Contributions to Japanese American culture, and most recently received the prestigious Santa Monica Artist Fellowship for 2017.
Essays and performances have been published in “The Journal of American Drama and Theatre”, “High Performance”, and various anthologies including “On A Bed of Rice – A Feast of Asian American Erotica”; “Yellow Light – The Flowering of Asian American Art” and “Living in America – A Pop Culture Reader”. The significance of his body of work was acknowledged in “A History of Asian American Theatre” (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2006). In 2004 his first book, FROM INNER WORLDS TO OUTER SPACE: The Multimedia Performances of Dan Kwong, was published by University of Michigan Press.
He was founder of TREASURE IN THE HOUSE, L.A.’s first Asian Pacific American performance & visual art festival produced from 1991 to 2003 at Highways Performance Space, where he served on the Board of Directors for over 17 years.
Since 2000 he has worked on international devised theatre collaborations in Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, and Beijing. He periodically lectures in Japan for Kobe University and Aichi Prefectural University, Nagoya, and in 2017 began teaching acting at Saigon International Film School in Vietnam.
He will be traveling to Hong Kong in late-November to continue work on his documentary/art video project, The House on Robinson Road, the story of his Chinese great-grandfather’s historic 1933 home on Hong Kong island.
His stageplay, BE LIKE WATER, the story of an Asian American girl who is visited by the ghost of Bruce Lee, premiered in 2008 at East West Players’ David Henry Hwang Theater in Los Angeles. Kwong is currently in the process of adapting it into a screenplay.
Since 1990 Kwong has been affiliated with Great Leap, Inc., the multicultural performing arts organization founded by Nobuko Miyamoto. As Associate Artistic Director, he manages touring productions, directs the COLLABORATORY mentorship program, and directs and edits their environmental music video series. www.greatleap.org.
Kwong is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been a Resident Artist at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica since 1992. www.dankwong.com
Lacy uses music by Ran Bango and voice directions of a GPS in “Lost”, which examines how we come to terms and navigate, both physically and emotionally, the dilemma of not being able to find our way.
Sandra Lacy has a degree in Psychology, is as Associate of the Royal Academy of Dancing in London and a certified Gyrokinesis teacher. In August 2017 she will pursue her interest in somatics by beginning the certification program in the Feldenkrais Method. She has performed with the Maryland Ballet, Impetus Dance Company, PathDance Company, Phoenix Repertory Dance, James Hansen’s Assemblage Dance Company, Lorraine Chapman ,The Company, ClancyWorks and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane and Company. Her extensive performance background also includes a 14 year partnership touring nationally and internationally with Mary Williford-Shade in Lacy & Shade Solo Duet Dance Works. Lacy is part of the dance faculty at the University of Maryland Baltimore County while also teaching at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She is the recipient of 9 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in Solo Dance Performance, including a 2017 award. Lacy’s most recent work “Lost” was chosen to be presented on the 35th Annual Maryland Choreographer’s Showcase at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in February 2017. She has also created work collaboratively with Adrienne Clancy, Mariah Maloney and Tonya Lockyer. Throughout her career, as well as making work, she has performed the work of over 50 choreographers. The choreographers range from historical figures like Doris Humphrey, Jose Limon and Bill Evans to contemporary choreographers such as Bebe Miller, Irene Hultman, Lisa Race and Jeanine During. Notable venues at which Lacy has performed include Jacob’s Pillow, The Kennedy Center, The Joyce SoHo, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Judson Church, The Winchester Street Theater, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and The Toronto International Festival of Dance.
In “Best If Used By:” Kirven explores the complications of expiration dates when one’s entire identity, creativity, and career is based on the body, what it looks like, and what it can do.
Jack Kirven is a Wellness Coach with 18 years experience as a teacher, trainer, and writer. He began as a gymnast; transitioned to dance, modeling, and adult entertainment; and now works in the fitness industry. In 2002 he completed the MFA in World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, and was also certified as a Personal Trainer through NASM. He is the founding Artistic Director of Viscera Dance Theatre in Charlotte, NC. He has choreographed, performed, and taught throughout the United States and Europe, and his work has largely focused on using multimedia, dance, and dark humor to create narratives that look at the intersection of sex, sexual identity, gender performance, and violence. visceradancetheatre.com
“Dry cleaning” explores what it means to be laundry: dirty, trapped, stained, ripped, wrong and broken, needing to by cleaned, while still holding on to hangers full of empty promises.
Giselle Ruzany MA LPC is an adjunct faculty at the George Washington University and a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Woodly Park, Washington D.C. She has a master in Somatic Psychology with concentration in Dance/Movement Therapy as well as post-graduate certificate in Gestalt and EMDR. Through out her journey as a psychotherapist and choreographer, Giselle has been investigating the crossroads between dance and psychology and how the world of Somatics informs both. For more information about her private practice you can visit her at www.gestaltdance.com and for more information about her dancing with The Maida Withers Dance Construction Company you can see her at http://maidadance.com/?s=giselle+ruzany.
Shute’s duet “Eurydice” is based on the myth of two entangled lovers; retrieved from the afterlife by her husband, Eurydice is bound to Orpheus unless he looks her in the eyes.
Malcolm Shute is an eclectic artist of movement. He has taught and performed around the world with his company Human Landscape Dance. Shute’s choreography has been called “…ingenious…” by the Washington Post, and “…pitch-perfect…” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. His work is characterized by intimate portraits of people experiencing fundamental changes in their lives and relationships. His work is strongly influenced by mythology, as in his dances Aurora’s Dream, Persephone and Demeter, and Shades. Shute teaches a variety of subjects in the Dance and Theater Departments at Towson University, including gender, mythology, and Body Studies through the lens of dance, and was the first to design online courses for the Dance Department. Shute and collaborator Denaise Seals have co-directed a number of dance videos shot on different continents. He sees dance video as a new method of performing and making the field of dance more relevant to a cyborg generation.
Maida Withers (dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, educator) – A powerful and commanding performer known for her daring in movement and edgy innovations as a choreographer. Maida has created a significant body of work for Maida Withers Dance Construction Company (1974), over 100 dances of breadth and vision, involving a process of experimentation and collaboration. Every three to five years, Maida initiates and produces a large-scale work resulting from on-site research and investigation. Current projects involve international travel and collaboration with global artists, scientists, anthropologists, and technologists. An important player in establishing radical notions in the dance scene in the1960s, Maida continues her relentless interest in experimentation: dance improvisation as performance, creation and presentation of works on-site, art as activism, and the integration of dance and interactive technologies. Interactive works driven by social and political consciousness have featured rotating loudspeakers, laser beams, wireless cameras, cyber worlds, video installations, video feedback, always with original music created and performed live. Maida is a Professor at the George Washington University where she has been instrumental in creating BA, MA, and MFA degree programs. Maida is the mother of four children and 2 grand children. Visit: www.maidadance.com (archive and timeline) “So happy to be part of celebrating the once in a lifetime 40th birthday for ERICA REBOLLAR!”