A performance series devoted to
improvised music, dance, & theater
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Showtime: 8:00 pm
Tickets: $8-15 sliding scale. Available at door.
Western Sky Studio
2525 8th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
Cathie Caraker : dance
Cathie Caraker is an international dance artist and teacher. Her solo performance work has been presented in NYC by Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace at St. Mark's Church, Movement Research at the Judson Church, University Settlement House and the New York Improvisation Festival, and elsewhere in N. America, Europe, Argentina and Brazil. She was recently Artist-in-Residence at CounterPULSE in San Francisco, where she premiered a new work in collaboration with Katarina Eriksson.
Cathie will show the second in a series of solo improvisations to music by Aaron Zimm. (Photo by Frank Revi)
Jon Raskin & Lisa Mezzacappa : music
Jon Raskin (sax) and Lisa Mezzacappa (bass) are both composers and improvisers who look far afield on there perspective instruments for inspiration. This duo will delve into a wide range of sonorities and melodic invention. For more information, visit http://www.lisamezzacappa.com/, www.jonraskin.com and www.rova.org (The image at the top of this blog post is one of Jon's compositions -- see it on his website!)
Linda Rodeck is a performance artist, writer, and teacher. She improvises nationally and internationally in solo and collaboration. For the past ten years, she has studied and performed with master improviser, Ruth Zaporah and the International Action Theater Ensemble. Linda regularly teaches the techniques of Depth Improvisation and Action Theater in New Mexico and is a resident teacher at the Harwood Arts Center in Albuquerque. She is available to teach your weekend, five day, or two week workshop throughout the United States and Internationally. http://depthimprovisation.com
Katarina Eriksson & Rosemary Hannon : dance
Katarina Eriksson & Rosemary Hannon have decided that they will make a “dansical” one day. This improvisation is a study/etude/experiment/piece of research toward it. They call it I’m Only Dancing 3. Rosemary Hannon co-produces Moment's Notice, teaches Contact Improvisation and performs with Nono Dance. Katarina Eriksson co-founded Moments Notice, way back in 2000! Katarina’s latest performance endeavours include touring with Hoppalappa Postfolki Tanziteatteri in Sweden, and shows at the SF Fringe Festival with Rowena Richie's LandEscape, a dance theater piece based on Michael Pollan’s texts.
Jen Marie & Daniel Fleischer : dance / voice
...itself in the rich avalanche of heavy words...
Jen Marie’s collaboration with Daniel Fleischer, …itself in the rich avalanche of heavy words..., is a dance structured around the grammar, rhythm, and word play within James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake. (The title comes from Agua Viva by Clarice Lispector) Operating under the mindset of stream-of-consciousness, the dance provides an arena for movements that flow into and out of one another, where the start of phrases are waylaid, diverted, or startled into other starts of phrases, references to self and culture, and re-combinations that evoke the last which becomes a new start of … and then the next. Etc. This dance is a found object, a relic of human cognition.
An Oakland-based dance artist, Jen Marie works primarily with movement and writing. She holds a BA in Dance and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley, and has performed with local artists Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts and Shannon Preto, as well as in her own work in the Bay Area and abroad. She is excited and honored to be a part of this season's Moment's Notice!
Evan Specter : motion theater
Evan Specter is a founding member of Tumbleheart, a 7-person ensemble that composes autobiographical memoir-scapes in real time, culling the recent past for moments alive enough to fire up some mirror neurons. His background includes 10 years in the physical narrative technique called Motion Theater, which harnesses physical impulses to activate images and memories, and then weaves the emerging threads into a coherent narrative. He also has a solo show about overeating at the spiritual smorgasbord (http://therebedragons.weebly.com/). He recently joined 2 friends in preparing a 40-course French-inspired meal in Seattle to celebrate their 40th birthdays (http://bit.ly/fTCju). He savors life in Berkeley with a dog, a cat, a hen, a wife, a Legoboy & a Bollywood dancergirl.
...& who knows what surprises...