“The ‘exclusivity’ (structure) of the (performance) space is shattered/dissolved from the beginning. I am invited into the space, I am led into it, given a ‘blind tour’, there is a relationship of trust already – gentle, open, full of wonder, the unknown – so that I am entering a space (void) in (out of) which a new world is about to be born, (constructed, conceived, encouraged, nudged … into existence)… Throughout the performance the space continues to evolve – it is alive, fluid, unconfined. This is its nature. But the feeling of partaking of – and not only witnessing – this elemental process is a remarkable experience. Subtle, powerful.” – Paul Baxter, UK
IMAGE ACTION creates a contained environment for the imagination to unfold, transporting the viewer into an unfamiliar world-that brings about stillness and illumination.
An evening-long dance experiment by Laurel Jenkins Tentindo including a collaboration with Robbie Cook. Performers include Alexx Shilling, Madison Page, Barry Brannum, Fernando Sosa, and Samantha Mohr. Costumes by Maria Garcia. A post show discussion will be led by Alexx Shilling.
Laurel Jenkins Tentindo, an acclaimed member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2007-2012, performed repertory spanning Ms. Brown’s 40-year career, and developed original roles in Brown’s final four pieces. Laurel worked closely with choreographers Vicky Shick (2006 – 2013), Sara Rudner (2007), and Liz Lerman (2001-2003).
Laurel’s independent choreography has been show in NYC at Judson Church, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Joyce SoHo, as well as in the NYC, San Francisco and Prague Fringe Festivals. In Los Angeles Laurel has been presented by The Fowler Museum, Highways, The Electric Lodge and LA Movement Arts. As a member of the St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab in 2007, she began collaborating with puppet theater director Luis Tentindo, exploring the interaction between bunraku puppetry and dance.
Laurel has taught movement master classes around the world. This summer she will be an artist in residence at Decoda in the UK. Laurel is a certified Skinner Releasing Teacher.
Robbie Cook is a Los Angeles based dancer, teacher, choreographer and citizen. He’s currently collaborating with Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo, Cheng Chieh Yu and Laurel Tentindo. He teaches dance at Loyola Marymount University and Yoga & Pilates in the Summertime at American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival.
Alexandra Shilling is fully committed to the infinite investigation of movement and its potential to tell stories and allow us to remember.
Her original choreography and experimental films have been presented in New York, Los Angeles, Munich, Chicago, at the American Dance Festival, on MTV’s 9/11 Video Postcards, among others, both as Artistic Director of alexx makes dances and ann and alexx make dances (with Ann Robideaux), bringing live, multi-media performance to unusual spaces.
Shilling co-directs FIELDSHIFT | FURTHER with interdisciplinary artist Quintan Ana Wikswo. She is a resident artist with CATALYSIS PROJECTS (2012-2013) and continues to work with long-time New York-based collaborators Janusz Jaworski, Ann Robideaux and Mimi Yin.
Alexandra holds an MFA in Dance from UCLA’s Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance.
Currently, Shilling is honored to perform with Sarah Leddy, Victoria Marks, and Sharna Fabiano.