HMD’s 2020 Bridge Project Power Shift: Improvisation, Activism, and Community
Power Shift presents Judith Sánchez Ruíz, with Sam Wentz
“What can I love? a country, an arm, a doll, a new brand? We scratch our hearts with the patience of a farmer in a glittering landscape.”
“Encaje” is a piece about hypocrisy, and it is inspired by the body of work of writer Anaïs Nin. Working with two concepts, the “diary” and the “radio”. Judith Sánchez Ruíz recaptures the snapshot contents of an archive of her own days approaching dance like a „diary of movement.” with reinvents the untold, the undisclosed presence of disorder and vulnerability. The “radio” concept lets the body jump from one state to another as if someone turned the dial on an old radio trying to find a new frequency, thereby provoking a clash of opposing facts within one life, one body.
“PURPLE is” Duet Tribute to Trisha Brown with Judith Sánchez Ruíz and Sam Wentz. Judith Sánchez Ruíz has been inviting former members of the TBDC since 2018 to tribute the memory of the once called “Pillar of Postmodern Dance”, choreographer, performer Trisha Brown who passed away March of 2017; to create an improvisational duet in honor of her work and legacy. It was first performed with Lace Gries, Jodi Melnick, and Laurel Henkins in NYC and LA. Sánchez Ruíz, this time takes the opportunity to invite Sam Wentz. Sánchez Ruíz and Wentz were both parts of TBDC in different periods of the company, and on this occasion, they will perform for the first time together. Under their memories and inspiration, both artists will collide past, present, and future with their further research as artists in a performance of 30 minutes with live music. For Sanchez Ruiz, the imprint of Trisha Brown’s work, served as a reset of a new perception of movement and structural choreography, using Improvisation as a primary tool of creation. I have never stopped learning from it.
This performance is presented by HMD’s 2020 Bridge Project “Power Shift: Improvisation, Activism, and Community.” For the full Festival program, visit: hopemohr.org/powershift.