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Angharad Davies My latest dance/theater project, Emotional Genius, featuring stellar performances by Maggie Bergeron, Rachel Freeburg, and Megan Mayer will premiere April 19-21 at Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis.  Also on the program is Seattle-based choreographer Allie Hankins, performing her solo Like a Sun That Pours Forth Light but Never Warmth. Please see below for performance details.

SCUBA National Touring Network for Dance, 2012

Angharad Davies (Minneapolis) and Allie Hankins (Seattle)
April 19, 20, and 21,
Patrick’s Cabaret
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Now in its tenth anniversary season, SCUBA National Touring Network for Dance is a partnership of Velocity Dance Theater in Seattle, ODC Theater in San Francisco, Philadelphia Dance Projects, and Laurie Van Wieren with Patrick’s Cabaret in the Twin Cities.

"A kind of Whitney Biennial of dance, this mobile showcase taps the country's best emerging talent...and sends them on the road." -Minnesota Monthly

Up-and-coming local artist Angharad Davies presents Emotional Genius, a hysterically dark new trio featuring outstanding Twin Cites dancers Megan Mayer, Maggie Bergeron and Rachel Freeburg. 

"Davies‘ Work Party is so funny, and executed with such conviction and split-second timing by the cast … that I would have gone for the rewind button if I could have." -Lightsey Darst,mnartists.org

Allie Hankins, rising star on the Seattle scene, presents her newest solo, Like a Sun That Pours Forth Light but Never Warmth, a physically demanding solo performance, influenced by the life of famed historical dance figure Vaslav Nijinsky.

"Hankins...a lithe presence on the stage, gives us a physically demanding solo performance that accentuates the individual mastery of the human body and the rigor needed to make this work look effortless." - José Amador, The Seattlest    

Colleen Hooper Performance Projects
I will be performing in a piece by Frances Gremillion this weekend.
We are excited to announce the performance VI•VA  \ˈvē-və, -ˌvä\.  VI•VA
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Choreography by Eun Jung Choi and Frances Gremillion
March 23 & 24, 2012
VI VA is the celebration our culminating work as MFA candidates in Temple’s Esther Boyer Dance Department.  Two pieces: Study #2: Holy Cabinet and The Pathless Step, explore the intricacies of our subtle energy, perception, and imagination.  Come experience performance art, dance, live music and original costume design created in response to our investigation of magic in the body.

Conwell Dance Theater, 5th Floor Conwell Hall, NE Corner Broad St. and Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Interactive Installation at the
Painted Bride!

Liz Reynolds and I are excited to be part of Recipro•city, an exhibition-led inquiry into contemporary practice of communal exchange.

We are presenting the next phase of Indefinite Detention, an interactive performance installation that invites audience members to reflect on the 10-year history of the Guantánamo Bay Detention Facility and the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that legalized indefinite military detention without charge for the first time in American history.

FREE First Friday Reception May 4, 5-7 PM 
            Painted Bride Art Center
            230 Vine Street
            Philadelphia, PA 19106

            Exhibition April 6 – June 3, 2012
Gallery hours: 12pm – 6pm, Tues – Sat
First Friday Receptions: June 1, 5-7pm

Recipro•city investigates the notions of the physical, emotional and spiritual act of sharing as an art practice.  The artists come together to present a multilayered art installation transforming the Bride’s Independence Foundation Gallery for the Visual Arts.

Matt Mezzacappa, B.A. Theatre, wrote the book and lyrics for JENNIFER THE UNSPECIAL (music by Cynthia Wong) a musical about Jennifer, an awkward, quirky 8th-grade girl who goes time-traveling with three of her classmates and emerges a radiant and superconfident young woman.  The musical has won several awards and one of its productions was at NYU.

Aliza Rudavsky  I think you would have been interested in an evening length show i produced and choreographed last summer in seattle where the audience was blindfolded before entering the space.  they were exposed all kinds of sensory stimulus and created there own picture of the environment we had set up based on their present experience of the stimuli and drawing from connections they had made from past experiences.  then their blindfolds were removed and they found dancers in the space with blindfolds on who then went through a physical journey of developing in response information being given to them.

Scout Seide I am dong research in Mauritius on Educational Theatre, using theatre to teach English as a Second Language. Its been going really well, and I am getting great data. I love working with the kids! I don't have any photos of the kids yet, but I am writing a (very neglected) blog: artisticgrad.tumblr.com.   And here are some links to Facebook photos:

Link 1

Link 2

Emily Wilson writes:  Zinnie Lyse Houben-Wilson was born at 5:06 a.m. on February 7th. We are all so happy to be getting to know her! Quinn is really enjoying being a big brother so far.

I have finally updated my baby blog with photos and the story of Zinnie's birth (http://emily-thebabyblog.blogspot.com).
and before the birth . . . I've been directing quite a bit this year too... a one-woman circus and mask show in September at a theater to the West of Paris which went quite well... and now (yep, working till the last second) I'm directing Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cellphone (in French). She's never been produced or translated even at all in France so this is a first. I have a great team of 6 actors and I've gotten to round 2 (of 3) of the "young" director's contest in Paris.

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