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Arts On Site is a women-run nonprofit arts organization dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and perform new works. With a performance space in the East Village and a residency center in upstate NY, AOS is able to provide artists with an expanse of opportunities for artistic development. www.artsonsite.org

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Arts On Site presents:

WADEintoACTIVISM

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PROGRAM

Host: Geri Brown

Deaf Interpreter: Marselette Davis

Hearing Interpreter: Jeanine Pollard

Curator and producer: Giada Matteini

 

WHO’s WHO in WADE

Giada Matteini | Founder, Executive & Artistic Director  

Corinne Hart | Founding Member & Director of Operations 

Rachel Lee | Outreach Director

Lilah van Rens | Founding Member & Consultant  

Demetris Charalambous | Production Assistant 

www.wadedance.org

 

1. Fireflies

Choreography: Vangeline

Music: Ray Sweeten

Performer: Vangeline

https://www.vangeline.com/

 

"Fireflies" is an excerpt from Vangeline's feminist solo Eternity123.

Eternity 123 is the third installment of a feminist dance triptych choreographed and performed by Vangeline (Elsewhere–2018, Erasure–2019, and Eternity 123).

Eternity 123 traces the symbolic journey of women's emancipation across time. With this piece, Vangeline also celebrates the impact of women on the art form butoh, exploring the link between women, butoh, and “cabaret.”

‘In the 70s and 80s, women butoh dancers danced in “cabarets” to make a living in Tokyo”, says Vangeline. “This history has led to unique methods and contributions by women in our field–contributions that have typically been overlooked. In the 1990s, I also made a living in New York as a go go/burlesque/vaudeville dancer. In this piece, I celebrate women trailblazers while playfully exploring these layers of history.”

Behind all significant cultural movements and changes in history, the lives of countless women can be found, as well as countless voices that have been silenced. As we challenge our collective memory by telling their stories, we redefine the importance of women’s participation in society. www.vangeline.com

2. “Addio del Passato’

Music: "Addio del passato" aria from La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

Soprano: Rosy Svazlian

Pianist: Ai Isshiki

https://www.rosyanoush.com/

https://aiisshiki.tumblr.com/

 

Contemporaries of Giuseppe Verdi disliked La Traviata because it dealt with some of the great moral and social dilemmas of 19th-century Europe: prostitution, disease, and human passion, and exposed the hypocrisy, misogyny and sexual politics of the time. The opera was controversial also because of its protagonist, Violetta. Violetta is a strong, independent courtesan who falls in love with Alfredo and decides to give up her life as it is to be with him. Listening to La Traviata, audiences cannot help but feel a problematic and lasting “pity” for Violetta, her true moral strength and her persistent belief in the transforming, redeeming power of love.  She speaks of this in her aria “Addio, al passato”, her farewell to “dreams of the past”.

 

3. A Choreographic Offering (excerpts)

Choreography: José Limón

Music: "Musical Offering" by Johann Sebastian Bach

Performers: Danielle Goodman, Edu Hernandez, Sara LaPadula

Staging & Direction: Kathryn Alter

https://www.limon.nyc/

A Choreographic Offering made its premiere by the Limón Dance Company in 1964 at the American Dance Festival. The work is in memory of Doris Humphrey, José's mentor, and is based on movements from many of her dances. Three members of Limón2, the second company, share excerpts tonight of one of José Limón's most iconic works, in homage to the brilliant Johann Sebastian Bach and Doris Humphrey. 

 

4. Bop!! (excerpt from DASTAK)

Choreography: Ananya Chatterjea

Music: Spirit McIntyre

Text: Sharon Bridgforth

Film: Darren Johnson

Performer: Ananya Chatterjea

https://www.ananyadancetheatre.org/

 

“This solo is an excerpt from my 2021 work DASTAK, which means knocking in Farsi. During our first residency at MANCC, we had a wonderful opportunity to be in conversation with advocates from the Southern Poverty Law Center who reminded me of the importance of considering solitary confinement, which is the terrible experience of people deemed to be “without papers.” Ultimately, my solo is dedicated to so many women and femmes from marginalized communities, especially those who have suffered so much torture in state custody, even as they have continuously pushed back against violences of caste, gender, race, class, faith, and supremacist hierarchices. Lal salaam in particular to Soni Sori, Safoora Zargar, Gulfisha Fatima, Nodeep Kaur, and many unnamed others: I dedicate my fire to you.” Ananya Chatterjea.

5. A Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Sandwich Tale 

Writer: Geri Brown

Performer: Gery Brown

https://geribrown.com/

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

VANGELINE is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in Japanese butoh. She is the artistic director of the Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute (New York), a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese butoh while carrying it into the twenty-first century. With her all-female dance company, Vangeline’s socially conscious performances tie together butoh and activism. Vangeline is the founder of the New York Butoh Institute Festival, which elevates the visibility of women in butoh, and the festival Queer Butoh. She pioneered the award-winning, 15-year running program The Dream a Dream Project, which brings butoh dance to incarcerated men and women at correctional facilities across New York State. Her choreographed work has been performed in Chile, Hong Kong, Germany, Denmark, France, the UK, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Vangeline is a 2022/2023 Gibney Dance Dance in Process residency and the winner of a 2022 National Endowment for the Arts Dance Award. She is also a 2018 NYFA/NYSCA Artist Fellow in Choreography for Elsewhere (a work that began as an artistic commission from Surface Area Dance Theatre with support from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund UK); the winner of the 2015 Gibney Dance Social Action Award as well as the 2019 Janet Arnold Award from the Society of Antiquaries of London. Her work as an educator, choreographer, and curator has been supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, Japan Foundation, New York Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Council on the Arts, Robert Friedman Foundation, and Asian American Arts Alliance. Vangeline’s work has been heralded in publications such as the New York Times (“captivating”) and Los Angeles Times (“moves with the clockwork deliberation of a practiced Japanese Butoh artist”). Widely regarded as an expert in her field, Vangeline has taught at Cornell University, New York University, Brooklyn College, CUNY, Sarah Lawrence, and Princeton University (Princeton Atelier). Film projects include a starring role alongside actors James Franco and Winona Ryder in the feature film by director Jay Anania, “The Letter” (2012-Lionsgate).  In recent years, she has been commissioned by triple Grammy Award-winning artists Esperanza Spalding, Skrillex, and David J. (Bauhaus). She is the author of the critically-acclaimed book: Butoh: Cradling Empty Space, which explores the intersection of butoh and neuroscience. 

ROSY ANOUSH SVAZLIAN, lyric soprano, is an artist of Armenian descent, originally from San Francisco, California. She completed her Masters studies in the Conservatory of “Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan, studying under the guidance of Maestro Gianni Mastino and Maestro Adalberto Tonini. She was involved in the preparatory program at Academy of La Scala, under the tutelage of Maestro Vincenzo Manno.

Rosy Anoush has been involved in various productions at the Conservatory of Milan, including The Beggar's Opera, (Jenny Diver and Lady Di) K. Weil, The Little Sweep (Rose) B. Britten, La Boheme (Musetta) G. Puccini, Il Signor Bruschino (Marianna) G. Rossini, L'elisir d'amore (Adina) G. Donizetti, Le Nozze di Figaro (Contessa), and La Voix Umaine, F.Poulenc. She has also performed in Teatro dal Verme in Milan as the lead protagonist in the opera Savitri, G. Holst. In 2010, Rosy gave her debut concert in Yerevan, Armenia, in concert with world renown tenor, Placido Domingo, who then chose her as one of the participants in the world leading international opera competition OPERALIA, Moscow 2011. She has debuted roles in various theaters in Italy, California, and held concerts in Italy, Moscow, Finland, Germany, and the US.  In 2013, she debuted as Anoush in the traditional Armenian opera “Anoush,” by Armen Tigranian in the Yerevan state opera. In 2015, She started a collaboration with Italian pianist and composer Andrea Manzoni called NUR revisiting traditional Armenian melodies fit for an international audience where they have performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, St. Martin in-the-fields, and for the MITO festival in Milan and Bari jazz festival and continue to hold concerts all over Europe and America.

Ai Isshiki was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, raised in Chiba, Japan, and now resides in Brooklyn, New York. She received her degree in Film Scoring and Composition from Berklee College of Music. Ai specializes in accompaniment for ballet, modern, and contemporary classes and currently works with The Juilliard School, New York University’s Tisch School of Arts, the Mark Morris Dance Group, and for children at the Brooklyn Waldorf School in their Eurhythmy program. Past work includes, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, David Dorfman Dance, Boston Ballet, Ballet Arts, Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, Ballet Tech School, Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance, Kirkland Classical Ballet, Ellison Ballet, Green Street Studios, Dance Complex, Ballet Rox, Boston College, Boston University, Boston Conservatory, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. Additionally, Ai provides accompaniment for various master classes, Broadway theater auditions, chamber ensembles, etc. Her original compositions are often written for and in close collaboration with films, dances, conceptual performances, and various media.

LIMÓN2:  The 75th Anniversary of the Limón Dance Company  brings a new legacy for the José Limón Dance Foundation: Limón2  - The Foundation’s second Company. Limón2 is dedicated to the development of young professionals for a sustainable career and lasting contributions to the dance world. Limón2 also seeks to generate innovative programming and accessible community engagement. This inaugural artistic venture brings together young talent, the iconic works of José Limón, along with today’s most exciting up and coming choreographers. The treasured spirit and humanistic legacy of José Limón lives on with Limón2! 

ANANYA CHATTERJEA/ অনন্যা চট্টোপাধ্যায়‘s work as choreographer, dancer, and thinker brings together Contemporary Dance, social justice choreography, and a commitment to healing justice. She is the creator of Yorchhā, ADT’s signature movement vocabulary, and is the primary architect of Shawngrām, the company’s justice- and community-oriented choreographic meth-odology. She is a 2011 Guggenheim Choreography Fellow, a 2012 and 2021 McKnight Choreography Fellow, a 2016 Joyce Award recipient, a 2018 UBW Choreographic Center Fellow, a 2019 Dance/USA Artist Fellow, and recipient of the 2021 A. P. Andersen Award. Her work has toured to international venues such as the Bethlehem International Performing Arts Festival, Palestine (2018), Crossing Boundaries Festival, Ethiopia, (2015), Harare International Dance Festival, Zimbabwe (2013), New Waves Institute of Dance and Performance, Trinidad (2012), and Aavejak Avaaz Festival, India (2018), and to prestigious domes-tic venues such as Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboy-gan; Dance Place, Washington; Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Maui; The Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles; Painted Bride Theater, Philadelphia; among others. Ananya is Professor of Dance at the University of Minnesota where she teaches courses in Dance Studies and contemporary practice. Her second book, Heat and Alterity in Contemporary Dance: South-South Choreo-graphies, re-framing understandings of Contemporary Dance from the perspective of dance-makers from global south locations (Palgrave McMillan, 2020) was awarded the 2022 Brockett Book Prize by Dance Studies Association. Her most recent publication is an anthology, Dancing Transnational Feminisms: Ananya Dance Theatre and the Art of Social Justice (Univ. of Washington Press, 2022), co-edited with Hui Wilcox and Alessandra Williams. Ananya is grateful to all the artists and collaborators she works with for their light and practice of excellence, and is thankful to her family for their support.

GERI BROWN is a storyteller, writer, educator, producer, and entrepreneur whose work is threaded in breaking barriers. As an educator and entrepreneur, she is the proud founder of three dance education organizations: Liberate Artists INC, Always Enough Foundation, and Dance Education Equity Association. In continuing to utilize dance as the catalyst for change, she serves on the Intersectionality Committee for the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, she is a board member for Feel the Beat, and she serves in an advisory position in DEIA and fundraising roles for the newly established Choreographers Guild. In addition to her work in education, she is the founder and executive producer of Boundary Issues Media. Boundary Issues Media is a digital and traditional media company that utilizes multiple platforms to tell one story or topic through the lens of underrepresented identities. From storyteller to educator to entrepreneur to producer, she inspires all to create positive change, in the positions in which folks hold power, while continuing to remind communities everywhere that, "You Are Enough," exactly as you are, in the skin and body you are in.”

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

WADEintoACTIVISM is a hybrid, performing arts festival presenting work by female and historically underrepresented artists and conversations with feminist allies surrounding gender-based violence. We are joining the UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign and their 16 days of activism against rape and any form of violence against women and girls. WADE into ACTIVISM is made up of performances, conversations, and interviews by artists and activists centered around gender-based violence, reproductive rights, trafficking, toxic masculinity, erasure, identity, and power. This event takes on global and multifarious perspectives, our participants’ voices hailing from all over the world.

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A special thank you to our tech crew for running lights and sound for tonight's show! 

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