Erica Rebollar and Friends: 40 and UP!

Joe’s Movement Emporium, presents a rare opportunity to experience original modern dance choreography by eight nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers over the age of 40, organized by RebollarDance, on Saturday, June 17 at 8 pm and Sunday, June 18 at 4 pm, 2017.

In 40 and UP!, Erica Rebollar of RebollarDance partners with eight eclectic professional artists over 40 years of age to celebrate the works, wit and wisdom of age. Featuring the best choreographers from the DC/Baltimore area plus critically acclaimed out of town guest artists, 40 and UP! features work exploring everything from entangled lovers in Eurydice by Macolm Shute to empty promises in Giselle Ruzany’s Dry Cleaning. Featured choreographers joining Erica Rebollar include: Helanius Wilkins, Sharon Mansur, Carol Hess-Vait, Dan Kwong, Sandra Lacy, Jack Kirven, Giselle Rusany, and Malcolm Shute.

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Works Presented

  • Erica Rebollar, founder of RebollarDance, is the current full time Visiting Lecturer at UMBC’s Dance Department and adjunct faculty at GMU’s Dance Department. rebollardance.com. Rebollar’s “Rachmaninoff Prelude” is a condensation of quick-twitch, fast-fire movements performed at warp speed.
  • Helanius J. Wilkins, founder of EDGEWORKS Dance Theater, an all-male dance company of predominantly African-American men, is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Colorado Boulder. helaniusj.com Wilkins will perform an excerpt from his crticially-acclaimed evening-length solo project, “/CLOSE/R”.
  • Sharon Mansur is an experimental multi-media dance and visual artist, currently based in Winona, Minnesota. mansurdance.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.
  • Dan Kwong is an award-winning solo multimedia performance artist, videographer, writer, director, playwright and visual artist who recently received the prestigious Santa Monica Artist Fellowship for 2017. dankwong.com Kwong presents the premier of “The Healing Blade”, part of his long-term exploration of family and its impact on our relationships.
  • Sandra Lacy is full time dance instructor at UMBC, is as Associate of the Royal Academy of Dancing in London and a certified Gyrokinesis teacher. 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.
  • Jack Kirven is a Wellness Coach with 18 years experience as a teacher, trainer, and writer. 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.
  • 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. gestaltdance.com. Ruzany’s “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.
  • Malcolm Shute is an eclectic artist of movement. He has taught and performed around the world with his company Human Landscape Dance. org 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.
  • Carol Hess-Vait Dubbed a “new wave tap dancer,” she became the first woman to perform Toccatafrom Morton Gould’s Tap Dance Concerto­. She is co-artistic director of Baltimore Dance Project, and chair of University of Maryland Baltimore County’s dance department, where she has taught since 1982. “Partial Recall II” is a new look on contemporary tap solo.
  • Maida Withers (dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, educator) – A powerful and commanding performer known for her daring in movement and edgy innovations as a choreographer.  Maida is a Professor at the George Washington University where she has been instrumental in creating BA, MA, and MFA degree programs. Visit: maidadance.com

 WHAT: RebollarDance

WHEN: Saturday, June 17th at 8 pm; Sunday, June 18th at 4 pm

WHERE: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712; free parking lot to the right of the building, ample street parking in surrounding neighborhood, short walk from 82, 84, 86, or T-18 bus stop.

Tickets: $25 Admission; $15 Student/Senior/Military with ID

Advanced Tickets (Online Only): $20 | To purchase tickets, visit http://www.joesmovement.org or call 301-699-1819

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Meet the artists of 40 and UP!

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 chPURCHASENOWoreographers 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).

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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.

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Celebrating the art & artists over the age of 40

With 40+, RebollarDance redefines what it means to be a cutting-edge choreographer in a new collection of experimental work by movement artists over the age of 40.

Joe’s Movement Emporium presents RebollarDance this June in a performance that celebrates age and diversity. 40+ features artists and chorographers over the age of 40 in a multi-media, collaborative concert that will challenge audiences preconceived definitions of modern dance. Two shows Saturday, June 17th at 8 pm and Sunday, June 18th at 4 pm will highlight seasoned, respected choreographers and PURCHASENOWdancers. Tickets are available at Joe’s Movement Emporium for $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.joesmovement.org.

About 40+

10405594_749850251717253_904439827617428260_nDanced, choreographed, and directed by movement artists over the age of 40, this multi-media, collaborative concert will present experimental, cutting edge work from Erica Rebollar, Helanius Wilkins, Sharon Mansur, Sandra Lacy, Malcolm Shute, Giselle Ruzany, and more. Designed to highlight seasoned, respected choreographers and dancers, this performance celebrates age and diversity.

About RebollarDance

13265975_1009829279052681_8693630578599411470_nIn 2003, Erica Rebollar created a modern dance collaborative where multi-genre artists can make innovative work. RebollarDance examines dichotomies and fragmentations of physical behavior that explore boundaries of performance, using bodies, light, and sound as conceptual canvasses to evoke authentic, highly charged experiences for both dancers and audience. Rebollar Dance’s mission is to create and present cutting edge choreography that impact large and diverse audiences, examining movement as a facet of modern life and a laboratory for analyzing themes. Exploring choreography as innovation, RebollarDance promotes an artistic process of challenge and risk-taking.

WHAT:            40+
WHEN:           Saturday, June 17th at 8 pm
                         Sunday, June 18th at 4 pm
                         2017 
WHERE:         Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

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EVENT ANNOUCEMENT: “Trash-Island” Becomes Art in New Work

Proving Ground Movement collects gutter debris and makes movement-based comment on the ocean’s own sculpture

Dancers take on environmental awareness in a stirring new work at Joe’s Movement Emporium

Mount Rainier, MD Mar. 23, 16: April 8 at 8 pm and April 9 at 8 pm Joe’s Movement Emporium presents experimental movement artists Hannah Kerr and Paulina Guerrero of Proving Ground Movement in their new work, “Gyre [ˈjī(ə)r/]” which utilizes movement, sculpture, and costume to depict an interpretation of the Pacific Ocean’s “trash-island.” Tickets are available on Joe’s website and at the door for $20 per person.

On presenting Proving Ground, Brooke Kidd, Joe’s Movement Emporium Founder & Executive Director tells this story: “I met the Proving Ground co-directors when they were high school dance students and I was a guest artist. They had imagination and guts as young dancers and I have followed their work over the years. This new piece ignited my passion for environmental awareness because it’s about trash and our culture of waste. This is really relevant material.”

About “Gyre [ˈjī(ə)r/]”

“Gyre” explores the phenomenon of “trash‐island”, a floating mass of trash that has collected in the Pacific Ocean, estimated to be the size of Texas. “Trash-island” is continually created and re-created by the tides and gyre of the ocean. Through movement, sculpture, and costume, Proving Ground investigates nature’s sculpture utilizing found items they’ve collected from the gutters and watersheds across the region. “Gyre” conveys a message about the drastic ways in which humanity and nature coexist. Continue reading

“UN CASTELL BUILT FOR TWO” REDEFINING PARTNER WORK

Inspired by the castells of Catalonia, Orange Grove Dance creates new work for Joe’s stage

Exploring the metaphorical castells in everyday relationships

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Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves, Artistic Directors of Orange Grove Dance, bring their newest work to the Joe’s stage Friday, April 1 at 8 pm and Saturday, April 2 at 8 pm. “Un castell built for two” redefines partner work in contemporary dance through innovative new methods. The artists tell us, “The castells of Catalonia have made us ask the question of where these physical metaphors exist in our own community.” In this new work, they are in process of finding these new methods. They continue, “It’s about weight. It’s about the weight of our bodies. It’s about holding each other and building. Where are our castells in our everyday relationships? What are we building? Who are we supporting?”

About “Un castell built for two”

“Un castell built for two” is a new evening length work, paralleling the precarious balance of human tower building and the powerful connections it brings to its participants and audience. Profoundly inspired by their recent residency work in Llorenç Del Penedes, Spain, partners Matt Reeves and Colette Krogol use their embodied knowledge of contact improvisation and partnering work to explore new methods of weight sharing, relationship, and interdependence.

About Orange Grove Dance

yYIgrr-jArtistic Directors, Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves are dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, and teaching artists. Currently they reside in the DC area have earned their MFA’s in Dance from The University of Maryland. They hold Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Florida and upon graduating they collectively began the vision and creation of Orange Grove Dance, a multi-media dance company who creates athletic visual experiences through the lens of dance, film, and design.

Tickets

Tickets are $20 per person. Group discount rates are available. Please contact Neena@joesmovement.org for more information. To purchase tickets visit the website or call 301-699-1819.

Joe’s Movement Emporium is the largest independent performing arts center in Prince George’s County, MD. Founded in 1995, it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that incorporates dance, movement and performing arts traditions from around the world into exceptional educational and artistic experiences. Joe’s unique ability to utilize the arts as a vehicle for progressive education, workforce training and economic growth have made it one of the most well- respected nonprofit organizations in the region.

Dream Island Explores Memory and History At Joe’s Movement Emporium

Dancer, Choreographer Naoko Meshiba in Residence June 1-7 to Create, Perform New Work   

Mount Rainier, MD – Performer, choreographer, director and dancer Naoko Meshiba will be in residence at Joe’s Movement Emporium June 1-7, 2015 to create a new work entitled Dream Island .  Performances of the work will take place on June 6 and 7 at 8pm on both nights in Joe’s black box theater located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, MD.   Tickets are $25 for general admission.  Students/artists/groups can contact Joe’s for special pricing.   The program is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Meshiba describes Dream Island as a highly charged physical expression that is part carnival, part laboratory, part archeological trip.  “Melding movement, text, music, and installation, she explains, “it concocts thirteen vignettes infused with playful, humorous, explosive, amorphous, and dark absurdity. Initially inspired by a Japanese theme park built on the buried landfill called ‘Dream Island’, this piece digs, examines, and reveals layers of debris, getting deeper and more distant from the reality. The audience is asked to bear witness as five characters attempt to search, reconstruct, and uncover memories and histories that are tangible and fleeting, personal and collective.”

“The project directly support our goals of establishing a more robust presenting presence and cultivating new audiences, providing dynamic engagement and high-quality, meaningful cultural experiences for our community,” said Brooke Kidd, executive director of Joe’s about the program.  “Joe’s normal artistic programming will be diversified and augmented through this project.”

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.joesmovement.org or cal 301-699-1819.

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About :  Dancer.  Choreographer.  Director.  Born in Kobe, Japan, Naoko Maeshiba comes from a diverse background in literature, linguistic, anthropology and theatre.  Maeshiba’s work to date has focused on revealing the unveiled state of the body through its contact with the immediate environment.  She carefully conceives and prepares space in its sculptural, auditory and visual dimensions for dance to visit the body.  Her solo and ensemble works range from site-specific improvisation in collaboration with musicians and visual artists to tightly choreographed full-evening length pieces in theatre.  They have been experience in both traditional and non-traditional venues in North America, Eur4ope and Japan.  Her 12-performer ensemble piece, “Paraffin,” treated the theme of loss of identity through socialization and received the Best Dance Performance Award from City Paper’s Best of Baltimore in 2009.  She is listed on the Maryland Performing Artist Touring roster of the Maryland State Arts Council.  

About Joe’s:  Joe’s Movement Emporium, Prince George’s County’s largest independent performing arts center, serves as the artistic base to over 25 artists and arts group of all disciplines. Complete with black box theater, three dance studios and an arts education wing, the facility serves nearly 70,000 individuals annually. As one of the region’s most well respected non-profit arts center, Joe’s successfully utilizes arts as a vehicle for cultural enrichment, economic growth, progressive education and workforce training, serving 3,500 youth last year alone.

DREAM ISLAND… coming June to Joe’s Movement Emporium

DREAM ISLAND

Show description

A highly charged physical expression, ‘Dream Island’ is part carnival, part laboratory, part archeological trip. Melding movement, text, music, and installation, it concocts thirteen vignettes infused with playful, humorous, explosive, and dark absurdity. Initially inspired by a Japanese theme park built on the buried landfill called ‘Dream Island’, this piece digs, examines, and reveals layers of debris, getting deeper and more distant from the reality. The audience is asked to bare witness as five characters attempt to search, reconstruct, and uncover memories and histories, both tangible and fleeting, personal and collective.

Direction and structure by Naoko Maeshiba, created by Emily Hall, Sarah Lloyd, Donald Roderick, Danni Tsuboi, & Naoko Maeshiba, sound design and light installation by Khristian Weeks, environment design by Khristian Weeks, Naoko Maeshiba, & Sarah Lloyd, Lighting design by Helen Garcia Alton.

Naoko Maeshiba/KIBISM

Founded in 2002 by Naoko Maeshiba, Kibism [kibizm] has been creating and performing works that explore the intersection of movement, voice, music, object, and video images in order to discover a new form of perception.

The mission of Kibism is to offer a theatrical experience that taps onto different states of consciousness and opens multiple channels of communication. Body is the main medium for Kibism works. Examining the body’s potentials as a place where the external and the internal stimuli encounter, as a vessel through which images germinate, as a landscape for memories and histories, Kibism works investigate the relationship between our bodies and the environments we live in.

‘Kibi’ in Japanese means ‘strange beauty’. It also means ‘delicate inner workings which might not appear on the surface’. This idea forms the foundational aesthetics of our creation. Primal passion, vivid sensuality, and refined physicality collide, harmonize, and synthesize, illuminating rich layers of abstracted narrative. Kibism aspires to delve into the obscured aspects of the society, unearth the ephemeral moments in life, and seek out this strange beauty of our existence on the universe.

Naoko Maeshiba BIO

Naoko Maeshiba is a performer/choreographer/director. With body’s expression at the core, she aspires to create a shared experience that affects people’s perception and releases their imagination. Rooted in the minimalism of traditional and contemporary Japanese theatre as well as improvisation and surrealist art, her work pursues truth in abstraction through the interplay of kinetic, auditory, and sculptural elements revealing the obscured and ephemeral moments in life. In 2002, she founded a performance lab, KIBISM, in order to pursue her inquiries about the depth of the body. In 2006, she began her investigation about the solo body and experiments on the approaches and strategies for improvisational dance, descending into the most vital, raw, and personal space and pursuing moment-to-moment truth in her consciousness.

Her works have been presented in both traditional and non-traditional venues in the North America, Europe, and Japan including John. F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts (DC), Hirshhorn Museum at Smithsonian Institute (DC), Theatre of Yugen Noh space (SF), Tank (NY), Joyce Soho (NY), Ko Festival of Amherst (MA), Baltimore Theatre Project (MD), Questfest (MD), Dialog of Four Cultures Festival (Lodz, Poland), International New Media Festival (Warsaw, Poland), International House of Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan), Theatre Jo (Tabor, Czech Republic), Dance Hakushu (Hakushu, Japan), Dance Place (DC), Warehouse Gallery (DC) and Woolly Mammoth Theatre (DC).

Naoko Maeshiba Artistic Statement

I’m a performer/choreographer/director creating both solo and ensemble performances in traditional and non-traditional venues since 1998. With body’s expression at the center, I aspire to create a shared experience that changes people’s perception and releases their imagination. Rather than using the body as a tool to create movements, I focus on choreographing senses, letting the body speak itself in a carefully prepared environment. My curiosity lies in both visible and invisible movements.

Rooted in the minimalism of traditional and contemporary Japanese theatre as well as improvisation and surrealist art, my work pursues truth in abstraction through the interplay of kinetic, auditory, and sculptural elements revealing the obscured aspects of society and unearthing ephemeral moments in life. The past productions have tapped onto the crucial issues in our era: aging, youth violence, departure and arrival, traces in our bodies, and home and family.

In 2002, I founded a performance lab, KIBISM, in order to pursue my inquiries about the depth of the body. ‘KIBI’ stands for ‘strange beauty’ or ‘inner working of things that doesn’t surface’. Through workshops and classes on what I call ‘Essential Body”, I’ve been seeking out a way to have each performer perceive and identify the strange beauty (KIBI) of our existence.

In 2006, I started furthering my investigation about the solo body and experimenting the approaches and strategies for improvisational dance. There is something extremely honest, immediate, and intimate about working in solo. It gives me an opportunity to face myself and descend into the most vital, raw, and personal space. I pursue moment-to-moment truth in my consciousness. Such investigation provides me with a way to re-learn how the body as a micro-cosmos perceives and captures the environment and how the movements are created as the body’s resonance with the larger universe.

My works have been presented in both traditional and non-traditional venues in the North America, Europe, and Japan including John. F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts (DC), Hirshhorn Museum at Smithsonian Institute (DC), Theatre of Yugen Noh space (SF), Tank (NY), Joyce Soho (NY), Ko Festival of Amherst (MA), Baltimore Theatre Project (MD), Questfest (MD), Dialog of Four Cultures Festival (Lodz, Poland), International New Media Festival (Warsaw, Poland), International House of Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan), Theatre Jo (Tabor, Czech Republic), Dance Hakushu (Hakushu, Japan), Dance Place (DC), Warehouse Gallery (DC) and Woolly Mammoth Theatre (DC).

I have received Individual Artist Award in solo performance (dance, theatre) and choreography from Maryland State Arts Council and Baltimore City Arts Council,  ruby grant, ‘b’ grant, and Individual Artist Fellowship Grant in directing from DC Commissions on the Arts and Humanities & NEA.

Since 2009 I have been engaged in a somatic practice called Feldenkrais and searching to integrate its holistic inclusive view into my artistic practice.

So Many Classes! How will you move this Fall?

Are you an adult?

MONDAY
6:30 pm Vinyasa Yoga
7:00 pm Hand Dance (beg)
8:00 pm Tai Chi
8:15 pm Hand Dance (int)

TUESDAY
6:00 pm Feldenkrias
6:45 pm Hula Hoop Jam
7:00 pm Afro Cuban Dance

WEDNESDAY
11:30 am Senior Yoga (free)
6:30 pm Vinyasa Yoga
7:00 pm Zumba
7:00 pm Hand Dance (beg)
7:30 pm Vinyasa Yoga
8:15 pm Hand Dance (int)

THURSDAY
6:30 pm Aerial Choreography
6:30 pm Rhythm Tap (register under “Youth Classes” tab)

SATURDAY
9:00 am Zumba
9:30 am Vinyasa Yoga
10:00 am Hand Dance (adv)

SUNDAY
2:15 pm Low Flying Trapeze
5:00 pm Vinyasa Yoga

Have a kid (or two, or three)?

MONDAY
5:00 pm Ballet ages 8-11 
5:30 pm Hand Dance ages 8 and up
6:00 pm Ballet ages 12-18 
7:00 pm Jazz ages 12-18

TUESDAY
5:30 pm Step with Taratibu Youth Association 
8:15 pm Teen Tap ages 11 and up

WEDNESDAY 
8:00 pm Teen Hip Hop ages 11 and up

THURSDAY
5:30 pm Rhythm Tap ages 7-12 
5:30 pm Kids’ Ballet/Tap Combo ages 5-7 
6:30 pm Rhythm Tap ages Teen/Adult

FRIDAY
5:00 pm Kids’ Hip Hop/Jazz Combo ages 5-7 
6:00 pm Jazz ages 8-11 
7:00 pm Modern/Contemporary ages 8-11 
8:00 pm Modern/Contemporary ages 12-18

SATURDAY
10:00 am Dance Fundamentals ages 8-11 
11:00 am Dance Fundamentals ages 11 and up 
11:15 am Creative Movement & Music ages 3-5 
12:00 pm Creative Movement & Music ages 5-7