Nick Duran / Takahiro Yamamoto
Mountain Solo (Premiere)
Choreography and performance by Nick Duran
Original score and sound installation by Jason Finkelman
Nick Duran’s latest work Mountain is a living landscape of successive movement sequences inspired by New York’s Catskill Mountains. For its LA premiere, Duran will perform a distilled solo version of the group work which incorporates a sound installation by Bessie award-winning composer Jason Finkelman. The evening includes a video screening of Duran’s tableaux vivant series, Other People (2009), by Minneapolis-based artist Karri Anne Fischer.
Other People (video based on performance) (Premiere)
Video by Karri Anne Fischer
Concept and direction of performance by Nick Duran
Lighting by Nico Brown
Performance by Nico Brown, Nick Duran, and Nibia M. Pastrana Santiago
Performance, Video & Installation by Takahiro Yamamoto
Music remixed by Shin Kawasaki
Using a Canadian pianist Glenn Gould and French writer Andre Gide as starting points, Tighty Righty mixes and remixes physical images of adrenaline with writings of rhythmical texture and obsession. This wholly choreographed performance is presented in a thread installation that subtly yet sharply defines a performance space, along with a slideshow of 1755 portrait photographs in a rapid succession as a preface.
Nick Duran was born in California and holds a MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has worked with Brian Brooks, Seán Curran, Neil Greenberg, Fiona Marcotty, Mark Morris, Dusan Tynek, and Johannes Wieland. His own choreography has been presented by Dance Theatre Workshop, MGM Grand, 3rd Ward Brooklyn Creative, DanceNow/NYC, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and the University of Puerto Rico.
Philadelphia-born percussionist Jason Finkelman specializes in the berimbau, an Afro-Brazilian musical bow, and performs on a wide variety of African and Brazilian instruments, many handcrafted by Adimu Kuumba. His artistic concerns focus primarily on the performance of improvised music and composition for dance, theater, and film. He leads the Urbana Champaign-based projects Ferrocene3 and Nu Orbit Ensemble, is a member of the didjeridu led, groove oriented rock band Tree Thump, and is a founding member of the New York-based ambient, avant world trio Straylight. Noted collaborations with choreographer Cynthia Oliver include “Rigidigidim de Bamba de: Ruptured Calypso” (2009-10), the dance film “AfroSocialiteLifeDiva” (2004), and the “Bessie” award winning works “SHEMAD” (2000) and “Death’s Door” (1996).
Karri Anne Fischer is a visual artist that explores the familiarity of space, memory, and the everyday through the use of photography, video, and installation. She is interested in inviting the viewer into a narrative that challenges their perception of time and space by altering visual elements and emphasizing repetition and duration to create a space that reveals the fractured relationship between reality, memory, and documentation. Karri currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is an MFA candidate in photography at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Originally from Shizuoka, Japan, Takahiro Yamamoto is an artist, photographer and actor based in Los Angeles. He is a co-artistic director of madhause, presenting performance and photography projects in Colorado and California. He will be pursuing an MFA in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Fall 2011.
Notes for Nick Duran’s work:
Mountain Solo is based on Mountain (2011), which premiered in the MFA thesis concert as part of Studio Dance I at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The movement material used in this piece was made in collaboration with Nibia M. Pastrana Santiago while in residency at Mount Tremper Arts in New York’s Catskill Mountains. This residency was made possible by the Vannie L. Sheiry Memorial Dance Scholarship as well as summer research scholarships from Dance at Illinois.
The music for Mountain was adapted from the sound and light installation 8° of Arc presented at the Krannert Art Museum (February 2011) by Jason Finkelman and seanmurphyLIghTS, Inc.
The performance of Other People premiered in 2009 at 612 W. California Street in the historic neighborhood of Urbana, Illinois. This video by Karri Anne Fischer is based on the performance and not a documentary of the original event.