April 8, 2017
8:00pm (doors at 7:30pm)
Joe Goode Annex
Ricardo Alvarez is an award-winning performer, video artist, and graphic designer. An American Dance Festival and Bates scholarship recipient, he is a former company member of Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company (Washington, DC). Alvarez holds a BA in Dance & Technology (IU) and an MFA in Dance & Technology (ASU).
Aisan Hoss is a dancer and choreographer from Iran. Her passion in dance/choreography has been a means for gaining insight into her identity as an Iranian living outside of Iran. Inspired by modern Iranian culture, she aims to give voice to the quietest elements of her culture through choreography.
Michael D. Lee finished his Bachelor of Science at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and his Master of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. With focuses on his own queer journey, he correlates his own experience with the LGBT History and Movement. He currently dances with Slick Babble based in Berkeley.
Brigitta Schrepfer loves dance as a language full of vividnesss! She is a swiss contemporary dancer, improviser, choreographer and professor for dance. Awarded with several prizes she is touring with her company‚ Brigitta Schrepfers SOMAFON’ in Switzerland and abroad. Brigitta Schrepfer is teaching dance-technic & -improvisation, dance & anatomy and dance history at the‚ Zurich University of the Arts. www.somafon.com
Mariah Steele named a “rising talent” by The Boston Globe Magazine, is the Artistic Director of Oakland-based Quicksilver Dance. Steele has taught at Endicott College, MIT and Santa Clara University, and holds an Anthropology degree from Princeton University, an international relations Masters from Tufts University and a Dance MFA from Hollins University. www.quicksilverdance.com
Joe Goode Performance Group supports innovation, to release dance from its own constraints of traditional models, structures and expectations and to encourage the kind of experimentation that places value on the gritty complications and contradictory splendor inherent in the human experience. As a dance theater company we are uniquely interested in work that emerges at the intersection of sound and movement and that dissolves the distinction between these two forms. So much of a choreographic process takes place in isolation. The Feedback program is designed to offer in-process response for the choreographer to have support in their development of new work. All applicants will receive some written feedback on their work samples. Five choreographers will be invited to participate in the performance portion of The Feedback program.
Submitted applications will be evaluated and feedback offered in the following categories:
We are looking for artists who have clear formal questions that they are engaging with that move beyond formulaic ways of making work to experiment with the tools of choreography in inventive ways.
Consider the following quotes from Joe’s Essay “Why Make Dances” (click here for full text)
But why would we choose to MAKE a dance? To construct or author something that exists as a formal entity and can be shared with the public? The answer I have come up with is simple. Don’t make a dance you don’t need to make. Don’t make one that doesn’t teach you something or propel you towards some greater understanding of your world.
I am always drawn to performances that seem to come from a deep and personal place. When the artist has investigated something and, more importantly, delved into something that was prickly or costly in some way, I am more likely to be sympathetic. In other words, if they have felt something in the process of making the work, I can usually sense it. And I think most viewers/participants can do this- they can feel when something has been risked, when something has been uncovered. It is an incredible animal power that we seem to have- we can recognize when the author/maker has gone through something authentic in the making of the material, when it is important to him or her.
Alma Esperanza Cunningham, Aura Fischbeck, Kevin Lopez, Hope Mohr, Eric Wagner