Bryan Campbell will be in residence next week!
Bryan Campbell will be in residence next week!
Julian Barnett and Jocelyn Tobias create performances that examine the social-political possibilities for transformation and empathy, through the lenses of dance, philosophy, musicology, science, and the supernatural. Over the last 6 years, they have built critically acclaimed works that research the intersection between art and choreography. Their most recent work BLUEMARBLE, explores the astrophysical phenomena of the ‘overview affect’ and premiered at Kampnagel in Hamburg and Danspace Project in New York. Since then, it has performed in Tokyo (Whenever Wherever Festival), Los Angeles (Pieter Performance Space), Copenhagen (Dansehallerne), Paris (La Briqueterie-CDC Val de Marne), and at Hunter College in New York as part of a symposium on art and science. Their first collaboration BRIDGE, investigates the materiality of communication through singing, rapping and the body. Since its premiere at ArtEZ in the Netherlands, it has performed in Germany, Austria, Ireland, and the USA. Julian and Jocelyn met while studying at Tisch School of the Arts in New York.
Jocelyn Tobias was born in Queens, New York and is a yogini, feminist and writer. She has worked with Deborah Hay, Jillian Pena, Mark Dendy, Chris Elam, Henning Rubsam and Zvi Gotheiner. Julian Barnett was born in Tokyo, Japan and is an educator, environmentalist and musician. He has worked with Steve Paxton, Jeanine Durning, Johannes Wieland, Lar Lubovitch, Kota Yamazaki, Wally Cardona, and Benoit Lachambre as a danceWEB scholar at the Impulstanz Festival in Vienna.
During our time at the Egg, we will be working on a new project, entitled ODE2FOOL. The work questions the notion of artistic devotion by excavating the dances that exist in our dreams, the ones that have yet to be realized. It envisions the artist as dreamer, as traveler, as occupier, staring out at the stars, all the while resisting homogeneity. Part opera, part confessional, ODE2FOOL acts as an ontological study of connection, commitment, and resilience, and follows Barnett, Tobias, and Justin Cabrillos, as they uncover the deeper currents of their artistic motivations.
Shura Baryshnikov Residency at the Egg coming up!
Set Go Research and Performance Ensemble is a Contact Improvisation quartet featuring dancers Bradley Teal Ellis, Sarah Konner, Aaron Brandes, Shura Baryshnikov. Brando, Bradley, Sarah, and Shura share a love for whimsical, whole-hearted, virtuosic improvisation; they have been dance-making together since 2009.
They have performed at the Moving Arts Lab (Earthdance, MA), the RISD Museum Open Rehearsals–improv/in/sight, for the Institute for the Study of Environment and the Society at Brown University, Providence Fringe Festival, and the Everybody Moves Festival at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton, MA. They have developed pedagogy together as part of the CI Ground Research laboratory project since 2010.
In addition to directing their own companies, Set Go artists have danced with other artists including Douglas Dunn, Heidi Henderson, and Headlong Dance Theater; and are currently on faculty, as well as artist-residents at universities across the United States. Members of the ensemble teach at acclaimed dance festivals nationally and internationally and offer regular classes in their local areas. They have unique training in somatic modalities including Laban Movement Analysis, Viewpoints, Structural Integration, Yoga, Pilates, and Body-Mind Centering®.
The group is thrilled to be heading back to the Dragon’s Egg in June for their second residency, developing material for 2017/2018 performances.
The Raving Jaynes will be in residence at the Egg!! May 4 – 7…
The Raving Jaynes:Improvised Dance/Theater is a highly physical improv duo that creates spontaneous theater for intimate spaces. Weaving together techniques from clown, dance and improv, the performers, Jamie Graham and Amy Larimer, play between mediums. Movement, text and sound are twisted together to transform what waits in the empty space into sweaty stories. Nothing is choreographed! Nothing is scripted!
We believe the practice of improvisation has the power to open us to experiences beyond our habitual patterns of body and mind. In our workshops and performances we celebrate the release of the secret, strange worlds that move through each of us. Through the act of spontaneous creation, we aim to create a space where the sacred and profane, natural and fantastic, vulnerable, flawed, ridiculous and hopeful are freed to mingle in a field of imagination and play.
The Raving Jaynes perform regularly at the PIT in New York City, teach workshops and are advocates for the art of improvisation as a performance practice. They have been presented at IMPRO Amsterdam; the Abundance Festival in Karlstad, Sweden; Big City Improv Festival in Toronto; TCIF in Minneapolis; the ADaPT Festival in Santa Barbara; Big City Improv in Toronto; Built on Stilts in Martha’s Vineyard; The Crisis Art Festival in Arezzo, Italy; The Comedy in Dance Festival at Triskelion Arts; Dancemopolitan at Joe’s Pub; The District Improv Festival in D.C.; Duofest in Philadelphia; The NYC Improv Festival; The Unscripted New York Improvised Theatre Festival, The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin; Your Move in Jersey City and The Tank.
Marya had a fine time with two Third Grade classes at Gallup Hill School for their Day of the Arts.
The kids were willing, active, creative, sweet.
All the seasons are the perfect ones! The Egg welcomes you, and your dreams.
Photo Credit- Giulia Carotenuto
Tara O’Con and dancers were in Residence at the Egg in mid February!
Dancing on the floor,
enjoying the environs!
Photos are by Giulia Carotenuto
The Hygienic Egg was a remarkable look at the poetry of Adrienne Rich on the part of dancers, hoopers, poets, monologuists, singers!
The event moved from the entrance area, where, after Marya greeted everyone, She read a portion of the forward to the collected poems of Adrienne Rich- up to 1974, a sort of call to arms for the time, and for today. Christie Williams then read “Dedications” to invite us all into the poetic voice of Rich.
The audience followed Marya to the basement gallery, which had a relaxed, industrial, art-in-progress feel to it.
Here Cristin Cawley performed her passionate piece, inspired by “Final Notations”, followed by Arianna reading “From an Atlas of the Difficult World” -the same words Christie had read, but now in the voice of a young girl.
Upstairs, we found Serena hooping to music by Ani Difranco, inspired by the poem: “That Mouth”.
We then turned to hear blues monologuist Jason Rabin deliver a contemporary meditation on the work of the poet.
The middle gallery held Christine Poland, and poet Tasha Levy, to a poem by AR, and then to one by Tasha, inspired by Rich’s work, in which we were led to step through the one door.
Nora Fox sang a delicate poem in the doorway, with wisps of shadow in it, while the St. Patrick’s Day drums passed by.
Kathleen Smith, Amelia Smith, and Ann Shenk performed in the front gallery, a piece rendering “Translations” into movement, crossing bodies and decades.
The show was closed with a reading by Bill Hossack of “Here is a map of our country”, “here is the Sea of Indifference, glazed with salt” – truly a call to action.
The performers were amazing and generous, and the audience was too. We thank the Hygienic Arts for their spaces, their openness to our work coming to wander through, every March.