Presented by Pieter Performance Space, DANCE ’N SHOW is a work-in-progress showing curated by Chantal Cherry with an informal reception to follow.
The intention of the evening is to create a safe space to share artistic ideas, and for the choreographers to receive engaged feedback from the audience. It is also an opportunity to meet new people and grow artistic community.
Chantal Cherry is a queer South African dance choreographer and performer with a BFA in African Dance from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and an MFA in Choreography from UCLA. Chantal has taken part in such international conferences as Confluences 6 & 7, and Crossings International Artistic Workshop, hosted by the Gordon Institute of the Creative and Performing Arts. She has worked with a wide range of esteemed choreographers, including Vincent Mantsoe (France), Germaine Acogny (Senegal), Christina Towle (France), Hsiao-Mei Ho (Taiwan), Shahar Biniamini (Israel), Jeanine Durning (New York), and Sheetal Gandhi (Los Angeles). Her dance film, A Bigger Bang For Your Buck, screened at the Dance Transmissions Festival in Uganda, as well as the Re-Visioning Dance Festival in South Africa. Another of Chantal’s dance films, 1, 2 ,3, screened at the Echo Park Film Festival and was screened at the Los Angeles Municipal Arts Gallery as part of the Juried Exhibition 2018. The same work was adapted for its stage premiere in April 2018. Chantal’s choreographic research is currently centered around queer identity and its representation in art and media. Her latest works will be showcased at Highways Performance Space in April 2019.
Jade Charon is a choreographer,filmmaker, dancer, teaching artist,designer, and community activist hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2018, Jade graduated from UCLA with her MFA in Choreography and received her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration of Dance and Theater, from Columbia College Chicago. Awarded the Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship by BAM, Jade has spent time studying and training in dance in Burkina Faso and Senegal. In 2017, inspired by her professional community work, Jade birthed her own non profit company By Jade Charon where she creates arts curriculums, community initiatives, and arts festivals for youth and women of color. The previous year, Jade founded 30:11 by Jade Charon LLC, a leotard and activewear line, designed to support all body types with the hopes of eliminating body shaming. Jade Charon’s interdisciplinary approach to film and live performance investigates the many ways in which art can be used as ministry to uplift and heal all people.
Ghislain Grellier‘s work is the result of a fusion of his knowledge in contemporary dance and ballet. Soon, he decided to work on a dance that is visually esthetic. For the past five years, he has produced five large production shows and has worked with over 40 different types of artists. Interested in images, Ghislain creates works that underline the relation between dance and video. Each of his work is conceived to be performed and filmed. Through his work, Ghislain hopes to open the contemporary dance field to a larger audience.
Escobar has toured and performed in Festivals in France, Spain, Portugal, Canada, Brazil and Colombia as a company member of L’explose Danza Contemporanea and 34% Visibles Afro Contemporary Project. In 2005, Escobar received the Colombian National Award for her piece Flamenco 24 Horas. Since 2005 Escobar has worked as an independent artist for flamenco companies and the mixed-ability theater group Antiheroes. Escobar’s film La Intrusa, was selected for Miami Screen Dance 2015 and in the FAGELBO film Festival 2018. Escobar’s more recent choreographic works include Nomadic Survival Disorder, a Game of Boundaries (2018), Vio.graphy, The Cabuya Project, Red Dots-Black Holes, Port Capa, Point Fuga (2017). Escobar obtained an MFA in Choreography at CalArts in 2017, and her BFA in Performance at the University of Florida, 2012.