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Joe’s Movement Emporium Presents Erica Rebollar and Friends: 40 and UP!

Photo courtesy of Erica Rebollar.

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Event: Saturday, June 17 at 8pm
Sunday, June 18 at 4pm

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Tickets: $25 Admission; $15 Student/Senior/Military with ID
Advanced Tickets (Online Only): $20
To purchase tickets, visit www.joesmovement.org or call 301-699-1819

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 June 16-17, 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.

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. www.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. www.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. www.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. www.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 DC www.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. hldance.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 Toccata from 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.

About the Artists

Photo courtesy of Erica Rebollar.

Erica Rebollar
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.

Photo courtesy of Erica Rebollar.

Helanius J. Wilkins
Wilkins will perform an excerpt from his critically-acclaimed evening-length solo project, “/CLOSE/R.” This work, the first installment of a trilogy in the making, emerges from a place of fear and flight.

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, DC 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), DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and the NEA have supported his work.

Photo courtesy of Erica Rebollar.

Sharon Mansur
“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

Photo courtesy of Erica Rebollar.

Dan Kwong
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, director, playwright and visual artist who has been presenting his work nationally and internationally since 1989. His book, FROM INNER WORLDS TO OUTER SPACE: The Multimedia Performances of Dan Kwong, was published by University of Michigan Press, and the significance of his work is acknowledged in A History of Asian American Theatre (Cambridge Press).

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.

Kwong has worked on devised theatre projects throughout Southeast Asia and in Beijing, China. In Japan he lectures at Kobe University and Aichi Prefectural University Nagoya, and periodically teaches acting at Saigon International Film School, Vietnam. This November he returns to Hong Kong to work on The House on Robinson Road. Kwong is adapting his stageplay, BE LIKE WATER, into a feature screenplay. He served on the Board of Directors of Highways Performance Space for 17 years, and currently serves as Associate Artistic Director for Great Leap, Inc., a multicultural performing arts organization based in L.A. He is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Resident Artist at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica. www.dankwong.com

Photo courtesy of Erica Rebollar.

Sandra Lacy
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 is full time Instructor of dance at UMBC’s dance department and Baltimore’s School of the Arts, has a degree in Psychology, and 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. 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.

Photo courtesy of Erica Rebollar.

Jack Kirven
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

Photo courtesy of Erica Rebollar.

Carol Hess
In “Partial Recall II”, Hess revisions the contemporary tap solo.

Carol Hess, chair of UMBC’s Dance Department, was born in New York City where she trained as a dancer. She received her BA from Barnard College and her MA in Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She performed with modern dance companies Hannah Kahn and Dancers, The Rondo Dance Theater, DANCES/Janet Soares, and taught hundreds of dance workshops in New York City schools through Young Audiences Programs and Residencies in the Schools and the Lincoln Center Touring Program. Her choreography has been presented in New York at the Cubiculo, Dance Theater Workshop, the International Dance Workshop in Bonn, and the Flora Theater in Amsterdam as well as in and around the Baltimore/DC area. An accomplished tap soloist, she has performed solo tap concerts in the United States and in Europe. Dubbed a “new wave tap dancer,” she became the first woman to perform Toccata from Morton Gould’s Tap Dance Concerto¬, with the Little Orchestra Society in Avery Fisher Hall. She is co-artistic director of Baltimore Dance Project, professional contemporary/modern dance company in residence at the University of Maryland Baltimore County where she has taught since 1982. Many of her works for the stage feature the use of live camera feeds and/or pre-recorded images. For the past 4 years, she has presented site-specific works for the AKIMBO Artwalk, an annual festival in Baltimore’s Station North Arts District. Her independent video/dance films, Site Visits (2004) and Substrata (2006) were screened in numerous film festivals, including the 2004 and 2006 Maryland Film Festival and the 2005 and 2007 Rosebud Festival.

Photo courtesy of Erica Rebollar.

Giselle Ruzany
“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.

Photo courtesy of Erica Rebollar.

Malcolm Shute
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.

Photo courtesy of Erica Rebollar.

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!”

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