Contributors to the first five issues of The Dancer-Citizen were invited into a collaborative process with the journal toward the development of this live, curated event, with the aim of more deeply exploring themes generated by the journal issues.
Hosted by editor Julie B. Johnson in Atlanta, and with live feed originating from New York City and Los Angeles in the US, and Hamburg, Germany, MOVING THE MAP will invite audiences both on-site and on-line to performances, workshops, and discussion. Sequential scheduling will allow audiences to move among events or stay engaged with one site; the full event can be re/visited via the journal archive. The participating artists’ contributions demonstrate the range of power and possibility in the work of dancer-citizens. The Los Angeles cohort will invite audiences to engage in the works by Bernard Brown, Allison Wyper and Rhizomatic Studio: Karine Fluerima, Sophie Goldstein, J. Alex Mathews, Young-Tseng Wong.
Bernard Brown, Horton and Westfield Emerging Artist Award recipient and director of Bernard Brown/bbmoves, is interested in excavating the ways in which art can transform, create ripples of empathy, and foster healing. His dances have been called “powerful,” “thoughtful” and “captivating.” Mr. Brown’s choreography has been presented across the US including Los Angeles at Royce Hall, REDCAT, Fowler Museum, and in Minneapolis, Dallas, Sacramento and Chicago. Performance credits include Lula Washington Dance Theatre, David Rousseve/REALITY, TU Dance, Shapiro & Smith Dance, Doug Elkins Dance Company, Donald McKayle, Rennie Harris, Rudy Perez, Christopher Huggins, Jamal Story, Aveda and Nike. He was invited to perform with Mikhail Baryshnikov in Robert Wilson’s “Letter to a Man” with choreography by Lucinda Childs at Royce Hall. He has been published by The Dancer-Citizen. Bernard earned an MFA in Dance from UCLA and a BFA in Dance from Purchase College. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Sacramento State University. The LA Times has called him “..the incomparable Bernard Brown…”
Allison Wyper is an interdisciplinary performance artist and founder of Rhizomatic Arts, which provides professional services, training, and community for independent artists and creatives. Rhizomatic Studio, the creative wing of Rhizomatic Arts, produces collaboratively-oriented performances and workshops in public and private spaces. She has taught, produced, and facilitated workshops on experimental performance, professional/creative practice, and collaborative processes at 18th Street Arts Center, Pieter Performance Space, Silverlake Independent JCC, Women’s Center for Creative Work, UCLA, USC, CalArts, ArtCenter College of Design, CSUN, UCR, Space 4 Art San Diego, Emerson College, the Zero1 Biennial, the Hemispheric Institute Encuentro in Montreal, Contemporary Calgary, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Arts Studios in Perth, Australia. Her performance work has been seen across the US, Canada, Australia, and Germany, and she has been published by The Dancer-Citizen, Itch, Platform, The Present Tense, and Emergency Index. She has an MFA in Dance from UCLA, and a BA in Theatre Studies from Emerson College. rhizomaticarts.com
RHIZOMATIC STUDIO PERFORMANCE LAB ARTISTS:
As a first generation Haitian-American, I am constantly traversing the inter and outer spaces of the African Diaspora, such that throughout my life I have often felt like an alien from another world. As a multimedia musician and performance artist working in the Afro-futurist feminist tradition, my work grapples with the themes of displacement, otherness, and otherworldliness drawn from these life experiences. By the same token, my own alienation ultimately drives me to bring people together through the connective power of immersive and meditative performance art. Afro-futurist concepts and immersive meditative multimedia are core to my aesthetics and politics as an artist. I consider myself an interdisciplinary artist, my extensive experience as a vocalist and composer compliment the inclusion of movement in my pieces. Currently, I am excited about the prospect of incorporating abstract movements into the Afrofuturistic opera that I am working on.
Young-Tseng (YT) Wong
I make work with movement, balance, and spatial awareness as a way to think about belonging, as a way to see others better, and to change how I move in the world. My interest in movement and the inseparability of mind and body comes to me through training in mime in the techniques of Marcel Marceau and corporeal mime of Etienne Decroux. My teachers are Christina Sergeant in Singapore and Thomas Leabhart in Claremont, California. I am also indebted to the concepts and forms of Suzuki voice and actor training and Viewpoints improvisation as practiced by Anne Bogart and the SITI Company. My performance and installation art work explores mindfulness and attention, my own as well as the audience’s/viewer’s. In all my work, I look for ways to create shifts of perspective through attention to how we move and where we are.
J. Alex Mathews
J. Alex Mathews is an arts practitioner with a background in performance, arts administration/consulting, production, and teaching. She earned a B.A. in World Arts and Culture/Dance from UCLA and maintains a creative practice comprised of performance art, dance, collage, and poetry. In 2017, she received an artist fellowship called Animating the Archives: the Woman’s Building and presented original work at Avenue 50 Studio, Electric Lodge, and MiModa Studio. She was also granted a 2-week independent artist residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Since January 2018, she has presented work-in-progress at Downtown Dance & Movement, premiered solo work at Highways Performance Space, and soon, at Pieter Performance Space for Moving the Map: The Dancer-Citizen Live. This fall, she is moving to Brooklyn, NY to pursue an MFA in Performance and Performance Studies at Pratt Institute.
I’m a native of LA and have been working professionally in theatre on and off for the past 8 years. I have stage managed, done lighting design, performed, directed, assistant directed, and choreographed. I have my BA in Theatre from CSULA and my MFA in Physical Theatre from the Accademia Dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. I love physical theatre in its many forms.
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