Brigette Dunn-Korpela: Distorted Realities
B. Dunn Movement
Brigette Dunn-Korpela is the founder and Artistic Director of B. Dunn Movement, educator, choreographer and performing artist. Her educational credentials include an MFA in choreography from the California Institute of the Arts Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance and a B.A. in dance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Currently, Brigette is an Assistant Professor of Dance in the department of Kinesiology at California State University, Northridge. She is an innovative artist who explores viscerally authentic approaches towards creative self-expression. Her performance credits include the first national U.S. tour of The Lion King. She has performed works by choreographers Ronald K. Brown, Nathan Trice, Donald Mckayle and Katherine Dunham, to name a few. Brigette is also a former member of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. She has appeared in performances at the Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Aaron Davis Hall, and the Gomhouria Theatre of the Cairo Opera House, Egypt. www.bdunnmovement.com
Distorted Realities is a dance/theatre collaboration with six performers directed and choreographed by Brigette Dunn-Korpela. This work seeks to investigate the human condition and hyper-normalization of human apathy, silence and sanitized violence. Distorted Realities is in direct response to the current social climate of increased human indifference, deafening silence of human compassion and political lunacy.
Sophia Kozak: Arco Iris: The Rainbow Bridge
Critical Mass Dance Company (CMDC)
Sophia Kozak is the Artistic Director of Critical Mass Dance Company (CMDC) fosters holistic community health, diverse women's leadership, and positive social change through its performances and healing movement programs. CMDC works to support healing and transformation of people and the planet through its black light dance theater shows and movement education. CMDC recognizes that dance is not only a creative aesthetic and captivating performance art, but also a healing art. Dance is also a powerful form of heARTivism that can transcend borders that divide places; dissolve the illusion of separation that divides people; and build conscious unity across our global community to create a world at peace with itself. www.criticalmassdancecompany.org
Arco Iris: The Rainbow Bridge is a story about breaking down walls, building bridges with love, honoring our ancestors and celebrating our diversity. CMDC's signature black light dance theater combines dance, flow arts and aerial arts. Using illuminated wings, ribbons, costumes and more, Arco Iris: The Rainbow Bridge brightens the stage, uplifts the spirit and inspires the imagination. This family-friendly show is appropriate for all ages.
Zoe Rappaport: You Cannot Stay On The Summit Forever
Zoe Rappaport is a dance-artist who creates work in New York and Los Angeles. She has worked with renowned choreographers Adrienne Hawkins, Jimmy Locust, Sarah Elgart, Mecca Vazie Andrews, Kathryn Posin, Billy Siegenfeld and Thelma Goldberg. Zoe has been awarded grants from Brooklyn & Queens Arts Councils to direct and produce site-specific, multidisciplinary, genre-bending work grounded in the transformative power of art. She has performed at venues such as The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, LaMama Experimental Theatre, Dance New Amsterdam, Figment Arts Festival and The Hatch Shell. She received her B.A. in Community-Based Arts Education from New York University and has been working with youth in the arts for the past 10 years. Zoe is the Program/Artist Manager for 4C LAB, teaches for The Gabriella Foundation and is currently working with Dominique Robinson to establish Dance Gap Year, the first gap year program for dancers. www.rappaportdance.com
You Cannot Stay On The Summit Forever is a dance work for anyone with revolution in their dreams and rebellion in their spirit. It is for those who have experienced the complexity of the heart — full of its contradictions, complications, chaos and beauty. The dance is in honor of her late father, Neil Friedman, a civil rights activist/anti-war revolutionary who dedicated his life to social justice, equality, freedom and love.