304 Boerum St.

Chez Bushwick is a hub space for dance and movement-based performance. Performances will run in hour to ninety minute chunks, with forty minute intermissions in between.

Saturday March 6

1 – 2 PM

  • Jerkilana – LaJerNaKi: This work is a collaboration by four dancer/choreographers living and creating in Bushwick.  The piece highlights not only a group effort, but also the individual expression that comes with making dance.  LaJerNaKi is a work in progress that has been developed over the course of 6 months.
  • Danielle Russo Dance Company – “For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction” 1) An object in motion will stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force; 2) The force acting upon an object is a product of its mass multiplied by its acceleration; 3) For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. Newton’s theories are not only significant to the study of bodily physics, but also suggestive to the natural forces of human conduct.
  • Jinkyung Chong – washing my sin: On the plastic box there will be a pot. The pot was born for some reason; however, the moment it breaks it loses its purpose, yet it is still a pot — just without its own shape.

2:40 – 4:20 PM

  • SAWTOOTH dancers – “Did You Hear That Bird? No, No, No You Didn’t” Performed by Cristina Jasen and Cory Antiel, one performer sustains syncopated stomping rhythms whilst belting a melody–in this case, crooning in Italian through a megaphone.  The piece attempts to slowly uncover both characters’ hidden psychological dispositions through loss, solitude, servitude and stifling routine.  It explores gender confusion and conformity–and plays with the themes of voicelessness, futility and dependency.
  • Mari Meade Dance Collective – DUET from community : ratio This piece, inspired by the social structure of ants, explores the tension between an individual’s obligation to the community and duty to oneself. In the DUET excerpt, the electronic sound collage, stark costumes, and physical yet intimate movement create a forbidden yet passionate environment in which two workers discover each other.
  • Stine Moen, Håvard Bjørnevold, Sara Greenfield – The Garden:  a collaborative choreographic experiment that uses movement, partnering, and athletic physicality to explore the concepts of voyeurism, manipulation, dependency, the mechanization of the body, and the evolution of awareness.
  • Ling-Fen Chien – Relative Position: a trio performed by Ling-Fen Chien (Taiwan), Lea Lescure (France), and Lize-Lotte Pitlo (Netherlands). The choreographer explores the relationship between dancers as an individual to others, to the space, and to themselves. Through the change of time, the movement delivers different voice, sometimes plain and sometimes rich. It also embraces the simplicity of the natural movement, a small step and an arm gesture are larger than a series of movement phrase. This piece carries a message on human relations: we are in a way all related through different time and space.
  • Amy L Baumgarten – Myopia Youropia: “Myopia Youropia” conjoins, congeals, masks and unmasks physical nature, as it is contrasted with unbounded space. The androidian sound score mocks the dancers’ attempts at remaining distant and removed from the context that space provides. Despite their best efforts, the movers’ own physicality betrays their desires for individualism. In the end, it is apparent that what divides them simultaneously unites them.

5 – 6:30 PM

  • Michael Freeman – Work in progress: a performance of an extreme nature, for adult audiences only.
  • Niall Noel Jones – Crush On You (black is the new gay): a dance/performance work consisting of three performers. A collusion of dramatics, dance, and song binds. The queer protagonist, the sardonically lovelorn, and those that don’t give a shit. This is the only way to make it make sense. The disempowered are the powerful and the lovers are crestfallen.
  • Jessica Finn & Elle Stice – Sexually Transmitted People: A butoh influenced physical theater duo with live music and visually stimulating costumes, and lights. Black light. And bright white light. Shining down on us from above. Taeko drums. Ghosts. Eroticism.

7:10 – 9 PM

  • Yoo & Dancers – The Last One: At once literal and abstract, the piece explores the concepts of territorial claim and territorial defense. With an eerie, animalistic focus, the dancers move through a series of confrontations – some gentle, some primally vicious – in order to determine the “alpha” status. Though a certain “pack mentality” is at play, it remains unclear which dancer belongs to which warring faction and furthermore, how many factions there are in the first place. The alliances change so often and so suddenly that one can’t tell friend from foe. Only the fittest survive, but the question remains: what determines “fitness”?
  • x-tra bullets – Groove On To Exhale (I can do bad all by myself): We will construct Hannah Harpole’s apartment. We will play a discography of snoop dogg. We will sit at the table and bow. We will plan a city from our deepest imagination. We will create a physical manifestation of our mental landscape. We will lay in the hay. We will be naked.
  • Echopraxia Dance – Fugue Amnesia: A dance duet for two women using edited sound from the movie The Misfits. It’s a tense, rather emotional piece using repetitive movement and eye contact with the audience.

Sunday, March 7

1 – 2 PM

  • Maximiliano Ferro & Gorgas – power ranges: Maximiliano Ferro and Gorgas team up in 2010 after decades apart to realize “power ranges”. This 10 minute dance performance art piece involves the crowd experiencing and participating in an amalgamation of 19th century parlor tricks that explore the riches of various waves: radio waves, light waves, ‘hello’ waves, water waves.
  • FuturPointe Dance:
    title: Future Memories
    choreographers: Guy Thorne & N’Jelle Gage
    performers: N’Jelle Gage & William Knighten
    music: Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics
    [duration: 5:49 mins]title: Vestige
    choreographer: Heather Roffe
    performer: Heather Roffe
    music: Marc Mellits
    [duration: 5:30]

    title: Tangere {excerpt}
    choreographer: Heather Roffe
    performers: N’Jelle Gage, William Knighten, Heather Roffe
    music: Gotan Project
    [duration: 4:30]

  • Synthesis Dance Project – For Liars, For Sages and For Those Who Are New: An energetic and engaging Dance Theatre piece. Dancers dressed in brightly colored hoop skirts invite the audience into a world of play through gesture, expression,  athleticism and humor. A perfect blend of technical precision, passionate performances and a bunch of cool stuff put together!

2:40 – 4:20 PM

  • Tatyana Tenenbaum – The Near(ness): The Near(ness) is a modern-day incantation that invokes the loneliness and holiness of everyday signifiers. Using spoken and sung text, abstract movement and dynamic partnering, the ensemble creates a dream-like palette of visual and rhythmic textures.  With live music by the performers; Michael Beharie, Ethan Cowan, Lucinda Segar, and Tatyana Tenenbaum.
  • Wanda Gala & Bob Bellerue – detext: Solo dance in a site-specific sound system using radio transmitters to amplify acoustics of local fallout shelters.
  • Michal Samama: Mike Sabbaba likes sitting on his ass. He doesn’t care what you think.  Hey, It’s a full life. Soccer. on TV. a video game (boom boom), MOM !! get me a coke,   Hallooooooooooooo. Every phone is a red phone.  How does a man go? Watching as his manhood grows, like a stock. Man and his sock. Frankly, he’s an idiot, in a way, he is me.
  • The Movement Farm – (Mis)Fortune: In (Mis)Fortune, The Movement Farm seeks to explore the co-existence of (and tension between) beauty and social disparity.  We aim to question the complicated relationship between privilege and art without oversimplifying the issue.  Audience participation encourages the audience to investigate with us, rather than absorb an externally imposed message.

5 – 6:30 PM

  • Creature Theater – Grendel’s Mom Has Got It Going On: Before the fights, before the murders, there was a woman.  A woman who lived at the bottom of the sea and gave birth to monsters.  See her now, on the precipice of a life-altering confrontation.  A world-premiere burgeoning exploration of burlesque grotesque.
  • Adam H. Weinert – Canary and The Coalmine: Canary and The Coalmine is a multi-media collaboration featuring original work by Video, Dance, Music, Photography and Costume Artists. Inspired by the neighborhood in which it was created, this short video represents a part of a series of work exploring invention and palimpsest in one of New York’s most quickly changing areas.
    Choreographer: Adam H Weinert
    Dancer: Naomi Reid-Davis
    Music: Roarke Menzies
    Video: Philippe Tremblay-Berberi
    photography: Michael Hart
    Costumes: Marion Talan
  • HoverBound – Ombre: A solo dance piece. There will be a drop cloth in front of the performer, so that when the video projection is happening we will not see “her”. Once the video stops, then the performer, who is back-lit, will be seen only as a silhouette. So, during the piece there will be music, video and live dance that will all interface in 2 minute intervals.

7:10 – 9 PM

  • Yvonne Ng, Juan Michael Porter II, Meiko Mitsuda, Yasuhiko Fukuoka – Beneath It All: a project about judgementalism in our society on a daily basis. This is a show that consist of a dance performance by Juan Michael Porter II and a film which Juan and I worked on that consist of 70,000 images. The music is composed by Yasuhiko Fukuoka and piano by Meiko Mitsuda.
  • Layla Marcelle Mrozowski – Glitter Gut : The dancers wear body extension “faces” made by Tyler Oyer and the sound was made for the piece by Ben Fino-Radin.
  • Launch Movement Experiment – happy machines: an improvisation performed by dancers Rachel Mckinstry and Liz Riga, and industrial musician, Fade Kainer. The work examines the spontaneity and the possibilities of improvised performance. As the studying progresses, the results of the process continue to lead to the notions of exposure, curtains, clothing, skin, flashlights, and identity.
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