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“Clouds In My Room.” Choreography: Patricia Rincon and Beatrice Jaccard. Dancer: Beatrice Jaccard. Photo: Peter Schilling.

BLURRED BORDERS DANCE FESTIVAL #17
April 29 & 30, 2016 | 8:00 PM | UCSD DANCE BLACK BOX

“Blurred Borders Dance Festival is about much more than movement.”
San Diego Union-Tribune

Renowned for its adventurous programing, the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective celebrates its 34-year anniversary this year with a new experimental installation of “Blurred Borders Dance Festival” #17 at the Molli and Arthur Wagner Studio 3 Black Box Theatre, located on the UC San Diego campus, on April 29 and 30 @ 8:00 PM.

The two-evening performances mark what many San Diego audiences have come to regard as one of the premiere risk-taking annual San Diego dance events. The festival is an annual cross-cultural event created to foster the artistic and intellectual exchange of ideas of progressive international, national, and local artists. Over the years this event has brought to San Diego stages exciting companies from Singapore, Switzerland, Amsterdam, Argentina, Ireland, Mexico, San Francisco and Los Angeles, in addition to many well-respected local and national solo dance theater artists.

This year’s Blurred Borders event will feature two premiere works by Patricia Rincon in collaboration with artists from Switzerland and Mexico.

Each artist is crossing boundaries in their work and blurring the lines between art forms with quality and daring inventiveness. A cultural landscape of fresh, top-notch multi-media dance-theatre, including two San Diego premieres.

  • WHERE: Molli and Arthur Wagner Dance Building, Studio 3 Black Box Theatre, UC San Diego Campus.

  • WHEN: April 29 & 30, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

  • TICKETS: Purchase online at http://rincondance.org/tickets

    • Advance/online sales: $18 General; $11 Students/Seniors (65+)

    • At the door: $22 General; $15 Students/Seniors (65+)

This year’s Blurred Borders Dance Festival features …

CIE DRIFT ZURICH, SWITZERLAND IN COLLABORATION WITH PATRICIA RINCON

“Clouds In My Room” is an international choreographic collaboration between Dancer/Choreographer/Director Béatrice Jaccard, and Peter Schelling, of Company Drift (Cie Drift), internationally acclaimed theatre-dance company from Zurich, Switzerland; and Patricia Rincon, Artistic Director/Choreographer of Patricia Rincon Dance Collective (San Diego), who is also Head of Undergraduate Dance at UC San Diego

“Clouds in My Room” is a solo dance theatre work performed by Beatrice Jaccard — co-created by Rincon, Jaccard and Schelling — that explores one woman’s fanciful aloneness experienced through dreamlike encounters that are imagined, whimsical, offbeat, and bizarre — all while sitting in her room playing an accordion. Jaccard will be singing live, playing accordion and speaking text while performing. The piece is a physical dance theatre work that engages the audience to ask questions around aloneness. Where is the line between reality and fantasy?

 

Danza Viral, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, in collaboration with Patricia Rincon

“Threads” is a cross-border collaboration with Mexican dance company Danza Viral (Andrea Holguín, Diana Vizcaya, Kimberly Medina) and Artistic Director Patricia Rincon.

“Threads” is a new work by Patricia Rincon, informed by her recent research of the Otomi indigenous tribes of Guanajuato, Mexico. The Otomi women are famous for their intricate weavings and dolls and pass this tradition to the women of their tribe from generation to generation. The Otomi Tribe lives as a sub-culture on the streets and in the fabric of daily contemporary Mexican life. “Threads” is a work inspired by the stories of these women; their art-making, their politics, and contemporary life in an ever-changing world. The piece speaks to all women who strive to preserve cultural identity through art and life. “Threads” is made in collaboration with lighting designer Wen Ling Liao, scenic designer Victoria Pertrovich, and video artist Andrea Holguín.

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BIOGRAPHY OF ARTISTS

COMPANY DRIFT (aka Cie Drift) / ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

Company Drift sets out to exhibit profound surrealism with a seemingly effortless ease. The ensemble sets out to examine the absurdities of everyday life. The effect can be as unexpected as it is absurd and disturbing. Every simple pose, every gesture comprising the work provides a basis for the works in both concept and movement, and have become the personal signature of the company.

Company Drift Artistic Directors Béatrice Jaccard and Peter Schelling have worked together since 1987. Their dance creations, which range between violence and tenderness, places Company Drift among the best groups that the Swiss dance scene has to offer. Lightness and playfulness mingle with bewilderment. And the impact is usually enchanting. Tragic and comic moments occur side-by-side. Stories are told in a nonlinear sequence of intense atmospheric images. There are fantastic colors shining through sharply-structured surfaces — tender, touching encounters develop into a furiously-danced descent into hell. Their dance is an amalgam of everyday life, realistic and abstract both, dreamlike imagery.

Drift is equally successful on the international scene, having presented their work in 31 countries. In 2007 they received the prestigious Swiss Award for Dance and Choreography for their complete works.

 

DANZA VIRAL, SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, MEXICO

Viral Dance Collective is under the direction of Andrea Holguin, Diana Vizcaya, and Kimberly Medina who are also the choreographers and dancers. They are currently the resident company of San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato City, where they create works at the Cultural Center Allende with company members teaching workshops and offering professional artistic courses and events to the community.

The company was founded in Mazatlán, Sinaloa by students from the Professional School of Dance in Mazatllán. As a collective they are multidiscipline artists experimenting with various multimedia, theatre and performance art. The combination and incorporation of these diverse interests have become the company’s signature and have defined them as exciting new artists outside the traditional dance forms, blending these different génres together.

Danza Viral has participated in various Mexican Dance Festivals such as: El Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea José Limón, Festival Cultural Mazatlán, INCORPORARTE, Escena Móvil Mazatlán, FELIART, Festival Internacional Itinerante de Video-danza Agite y Sirva, y el Festival de Cine de Toluca. At International Festivals such as: La Cuarta muestra de las artes escenenicas, Movimiento Continuo 2013 in Bogota, Colombia; Official selection for Solodos Certamen in Barva, Costa Rica; and toured Ecuador in September 2014.

Danza Viral welcomes collaboration with artists and choreographers from different artistic backgrounds to further expand their own creative vision through artistic dialogue.

THE BLURRED BORDERS DANCE FESTIVAL is an annual cross-cultural event created to foster the artistic and intellectual exchange of ideas of progressive international, national and local artists. Over the years this event has brought to San Diego stages exciting companies from Singapore, Switzerland, Amsterdam, Argentina, Ireland, Mexico, San Francisco and Los Angeles, in addition to many well-respected local and national dance theater artists.

The PATRICIA RINCON DANCE COLLECTIVE receives significant funding from The San Diego City Commission for Arts and Culture, Department, the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, the University of California Department of Theatre and Dance, and the City of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program and private donors.

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