Rebecca Bryant: MANUFACTURED
MANUFACTURED is a dance work by Rebecca Bryant combining contemporary/post-modern dance with text and objects. The piece features fifty small cardboard boxes, ‘derelict’ costumes that can be donned and transformed onstage, spoken and projected text, and a sound score by collaborator Don Nichols. This work investigates the relationship between privilege and empathy. Our society is full of imagery, hyperbole, and metaphors that describe and delineate the differences between those who ‘have’ and those who ‘have not’; this work aims to explore the ways in which these images and metaphors limit our perception of other human beings.
Originally trained in visual art, Rebecca Bryant combines dance with sound, text, video, and objects. Known for her “wonderful insistence on making art about complex ideas” (SanDiego.com), Bryant tackles societal phenomena using motifs that are visceral and ironic. She has performed across the U.S. and in Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Spain, Germany, Romania, Hungary, and Scandinavia; her projects have brought her into collaboration with over 120 artists, including Lower Left Performance Collective, music collective Trummerflora, poetry group Collective Purpose, Polish theater director Jurek Sawka, and German visual artist Fabian Winkler. Bryant is co-founder of PMPD (dance/percussion) and is a dance professor at CSU Long Beach.
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Mattidance is presenting a new work entitled Deviate. Deviate is a series of vignettes that explore the line between normal and abnormal behavior, thought, emotion and perception. Opening the inner-workings of the mind and searching, without judgment, for the border of insanity.
Ami Mattison founded Mattidance Company in 2013. Mattidance debuted it's first show, Dancing Alone Together, with two sold out performances in May 2014. Since then Mattidance has performed at area festivals including Pasadena Dance Festival and the So-Cal Dance Invitational. Choreographer Ami Mattison is on faculty at the Edge Performing Arts Center and travels nationally choreographing and teaching master classes at studios and universities. She has won several Choreography Awards and has showcased pieces for Medium.Live.Art, Talent Lab, Mashed Up Contemporary Dance, and Choreographer's Carnival.
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Maritza Navarro: Crossing Over
Sometimes the biggest obstacle in obtaining the happiness we desire lies somewhere deep within ourselves. Maritza Navarro’s piece parallels the journey to overcome the obstacles within and facing the realization that the external issues or people we face along the way are possibly reflections of those pieces of us. The movement in Crossing Over is based on classical and contemporary technique carefully embedded in more pedestrian and theatrical moments to illustrate the pressure, angst, inhibition, isolation, pain and resistance we encounter while we try to hold on to ourselves.
Maritza Navarro is a documentarian, writer and producer who needs dance to survive. She makes a living in television and plays on the dance floor. Her choreography credits include 7 years with the dance company LA Unbound, dance festivals, film and live performances as far as Cambodia. With a Master’s in journalism, her strength lies in storytelling through mixed formats - video, projection and movement. “Our greatest gift in our short time here on earth is to feel. I want to give that gift when I create, to tell a story and teach the audience something they didn’t know about themselves.”
Get to know Maritza Navarro! Click here for the full interview with Program Director, Alex Mathews.