Sophia Wang and Brontez Purnell present scenes from “Fake Autobiographies: The Love Story of…” This new experimental movement duet tells the story of an interracial couple who meet during the 1960’s eruption of the civil rights, Free Speech, and anti-war movements on U.C. Berkeley’s campus, and tracks the couple through the aftermath of these years.
Brontez Purnell is a zinester, writer, dancer, and musician who lives in Oakland, California. Originally from Triana, Alabama, Purnell has been publishing, performing, and curating in the Bay Area for over sixteen years. Brontez has written for various publications, including Cakeboy, San Francisco Weekly, Maximum Rock & Roll and Harpers. He is the author of Fag School, The Cruising Diaries, and Johnny Would You Love Me If . . . (My Dick Were Bigger). He is the front man for the band The Younger Lovers, and cofounder with Sophia Wang of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company (BPDC). Composed of movers and artists of all disciplines, the company builds works that combine punk rock subversion and free jazz improvisation. He has also created several works for dance on video and is an MFA candidate at UC Berkeley for Art Practice.
Sophia Wang creates and performs movement-based works in collaboration with performance artists, writers, and visual and sound artists. She is co-founder of the biotechnology company MycoWorks and of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company, and has danced for artists Xavier le Roy, Tino Sehgal, Jérôme Bel, Xandra Ibarra, and Amara Tabor-Smith. She earned a PhD in English from U.C. Berkeley, and integrates her research and performance practices through writing and curatorial projects focused on critical somatics: thinking with and as bodies. Since 2015, she has co-produced Heavy Breathing, a discussion and movement workshop series led by artists working at the intersection of performance, visual arts, and pedagogy.
The Brontez Purnell Dance Company is in residency at Pieter from June 10-16, 2019, thanks to generous support from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the California Arts Council.