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Blurred Borders Dance Festival #14 Press Release

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NEWS RELEASE

 

MAY 2012

Contact: Stephen Keyes:  760-632-5340

RinconDance(at)pacbell(dot)net  •  www.RinconDance.org

RE: BLURRED BORDERS DANCE FESTIVAL (#14)

 

Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, renowned for its adventurous programing, celebrates its 30-year anniversary this year with a new experimental installation of “Blurred Borders Dance Festival” (#14) at the Saville Theater, C and 14th Sts., downtown San Diego, May 25 and 26, 2012 @ 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. 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.

This year’s Blurred Borders event will feature international choreographers Kim Epifano with musician Stephen Kent (from San Francisco), Joe Alter (San Diego) in tandem with Lux Boreal (Mexico), Darcy Naganuma (New York) with musicians Kyle Adam Blair and Andy Muehlhausen(San Diego), and Patricia Rincon Dance Collective (San Diego). All artists are crossing boundries in their work and blurring the lines between art forms with quality and daring inventivness. A cultural landscape of fresh, top-notch multi-media dance-theatre, including three San Diego premieres.

Synopsis of show …

KIM EPIFANO & MUSICIAN STEPHEN KENT (SAN FRANCISCO)
“Alonesome/Twosome” With live sound score by Stephen Kent and Kim Epifano, this duet with deaf performer Antoine Hunter is riveting and personal, using didgeridoo, melodica, and electric guitar.

• DARCY NAGANUMA (NEW YORK) / WITH MUSICIANS KYLE ADAM BLAIR & ANDY MUEHLHAUSEN (SAN DIEGO)
“cracked 
melody. . .(UN)chained”  Emerging composer/pianist Kyle Adam Blair and recently transplanted, NYC-based choreographer Darcy Naganuma come together for the premiere of “cracked melody. . .(UN)chained,” an experimental new work that smears the edges of movement and sound. As pianist moves and calligraphy-painted dancer dives into the inner recesses of an antique grand piano, two become one.

• JOE ALTER (SAN DIEGO) WITH LUX BOREAL (MEXICO)
“The End is the Beginning” Choreography by Joe Alter, performed by one of Mexico’s premier dance companies, Lux Boreal Dance Company.

• PATRICIA RINCON DANCE COLLECTIVE (SAN DIEGO)
“PROTEST DANCE” is a work inspired by the history of protest from the 1960s to the present.

The Blurred Borders Festival is an annual cross-cultural event created to foster the artistic and intellectual exchange of ideas of progressive international, national and local artists. This 14th anniversary event returns with a blend of potent dance theatre featuring quality experimental dance blending the edges between movement and sound, “political theatre” dance, sign language between deaf and non-deaf dancers as choreographic language, all incorporating powerful inventive movement and thought provoking subject matter. The Saville Theater venue is being sponsored by the San Diego City College Department of Visual & Performing Arts Department.

• WHERE: Saville Theater, C Street at 14th Street, downtown San Diego 92101

• WHEN:  May 25 & 26 @ 8:00 PM

• TICKETSPurchase online at: www.rincondance.org
Advance/online sales: $18 General;  $12 Students/Seniors (65+);  $10 City College Students
At the door: $22 General;  $15 Students/Seniors (65+);  $10 City College Students

PERFORMERS’ BACKGROUND INFO …

KIM EPIFANO & MUSICIAN STEPHEN KENT (SAN FRANCISCO)
“Alonesome/Twosome,”
a duet created from a drawing given to Epifano by well-known artist Remy Charlip. The use of sign language is fundamental to the choreographic language. Antoine Hunter is a deaf performer who has traveled nationally and internationally, helping the general public to understand the deaf community. With live sound score by Stephen Kent and Kim Epifano, the piece is riveting and personal, using, didgeridoo, melodica, and electric guitar.

KIM EPIFANO is the Artistic/Director of San Francisco’s Epiphany Productions Sonic Dance Theater (EPSDT), which is in its 15th year. A performing arts company that erases the traditional boundaries between dance, theater, and music, and fuses together different themes in innovative and surprising ways on the stage and in the street. Their mission is to develop dynamic, cutting-edge work that is accessible, relevant, and engaging. In addition to providing low-cost public access to live art, they strive to expand and educate audiences for dance, fostering inter-cultural communication through artistic collaboration and building community through art making. EPSDT is dedicated to educational and cultural outreach, spanning the distance locally and internationally. San Francisco Trolley Dances (SFTD) started in 2004, a free annual festival along a MUNI line, named by audiences “Art for Citizens.” Winner of the San Francisco Weekly’s 2010 “Best Transit Ballet,” the company has developed 20 large-scale, multi-disciplinary collaborative productions, including “Home Season 2011” with Refugee Transitions at ODC Theater, SF, “The Big Meadow Ball,” performed in the SF Botanical Gardens; “Chula,” performed miles from the US-Mexico border; “Speaking Chinese,” and a cross-cultural collaboration that premiered in the San Francisco International Arts Festival at YBCA. In 2013 EPSDT will collaborate with The Conservatory of Flowers for  “Botany’s Breath”. The company has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Work Fund, Dance/USA’s Dance, Creation to Performance, The Irvine Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation. For more info. www.epiphanydance.org.

• DARCY NAGANUMA (NEW YORK) / WITH MUSICIANS KYLE ADAM BLAIR & ANDY MUEHLHAUSEN (SAN DIEGO)
“cracked melody. . .(UN)chained” 
Emerging composer/pianist Kyle Adam Blair and recently transplanted NYC-based choreographer Darcy Naganuma come together for the premiere of “cracked melody. . .(UN)chained,” an experimental new work that smears the edges of movement and sound. As pianist moves and calligraphy-painted dancer dives into the inner recesses of an antique grand piano, two become one.

DARCY NAGANUMA is the Artistic Director/Founder of Naganuma Dance. She spears apples with her stilettos, drinks goldfish wine, and shatters eggs FULL of ink in the morning … and goat’s milk at midnight. She is a punk-rock, contemporary b-girl with ballerina skeletons and a closet full of evil exes, ex-virtuosic, empty calorie proscenium stage dances, ex-paperwork-obsessed sleepless nights, and plenty more. If you approach her in person, it is possible that she will reveal the other seven. Careful.

KYLE ADAM BLAIR is an active solo and collaborative pianist in the La Jolla area, focusing his efforts on the American contemporary piano repertoire. His improvisational projects have included Neon Mental Melatonin Slam, a free-improvised jazzcore trio, and telematic improvisations with NYU, Queens University (Belfast, Ireland), Musikhochshule (Hamburg), and Concordia University (Montreal). Blair has twice been a performer involved in the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice hosted by New England Conservatory and directed by Stephen Drury. Through the SICPP program, Blair has given performances of works by Steve Reich, Kaija Saariaho, Kyong Mee Choi, John Harbison, Morton Feldman, and Charles Ives at New England Conservatory and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA. Among Blair’s most recent performance endeavors are two performances of Reich’s seminal Music for 18 Musicians with Bang-On-A-Can All-Stars both at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall in La Jolla and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Blair studies at the University of California San Diego under the tutelage of Aleck Karis.

JOE ALTER (SAN DIEGO) WITH LUX BOREAL (MEXICO)
“The End is the Beginning”
Choreography by Joe Alter, performed by Lux Boreal Dance Company: Azalea López, Victoria Reyes, Raúl Navarro, Octavio Dagnino, Matthew Armstrong, Angel Arámbula and Henry Torres.

JOE ALTER (SAN DIEGO) has been an active dancer, choreographer, and teacher in the field of contemporary dance for over 25 years. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Ohio State University with an emphasis on choreography and dance technology. As Artistic Director of the Joe Alter Dance Group, his works have been performed at The Kitchen, The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse, the 92nd Street Y, Harkness Center for Dance in New York City; also internationally in Germany, Poland, and Serbia. In collaboration with international partners, Alter created the Polish Project, a regional outreach program designed to investigate the creative process with disadvantaged youth throughout Poland. Currently he is performing a new collaborative dance/theater piece, “The Hybrid Authorship Project,” with collaborators Liam Clancy, Eric Geiger, D.J. Hopkins, Marc Wittman, and Craig Wolf in which they are investigating questions of perception. www.jadg.org

LUX BOREAL (MEXICO) Based in Tijuana, México, Lux Boreal is one of the few professional crossover dance theater companies with a bi-national relationship between the artistic communities of Mexico and the United States. This fact has allowed the company to present their work in different venues resulting in a permanent cultural exchange with United States. As well, Lux Boreal has brought their work to numerous dance/arts festivals around the world in such countries as Chile, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Brazil, Spain, Argentina, and Latvia. For 10 years, the company has developed work of its own, but also trusts the process of collaboration as an opportunity for establishing bridges and expanding the artistic vision of the troupe, working with guest choreographers like Allyson Green (US), Magdalena Brezzo (Uruguay), Claudia Lavista (Mexico), Phillip Adams (Australia), and Joe Alter (US).
As a result of their busy agenda and their impact on dance-related activities in the national dance scene, Lux Boreal has been sponsored by Mexico’s National Council for Culture and Arts through the program “Mexico en Escena” since 2007. More recently they’ve been sponsored by the Baja California State Program of Creation and Artistic Development as Emerging Choreographer (PECDA) in 2011-2012, by Baja California State Program of Creation and Artistic Development as Performer (also PECDA) 2011-2012, by Sinaloa State Fund for the Culture and Arts as Consolidated Choreographer (FOECA) 2011-2012. For all Lux Boreal info go to:  luxboreal.org.

PATRICIA RINCON DANCE COLLECTIVE (SAN DIEGO)
“PROTEST DANCE”
is an attempt to look at the history of protest from the 1960s to the present. As a participant in numerous protests of the 60s, she is interested in creating a work that links the collective intensity and intentions then with the new protests of today.

PATRICIA RINCON DIRECTOR has performed, directed, choreographed and participated in annual workshops and performances in Mexico, Argentina, Europe, and California, in addition to artist-in-residences at the Universities of Heidelberg, Frankfurt, Mannheim, and in Konstanz, Germany. She also taught for many years at the Universities of Zurich, Bern, and Lugano in Switzerland, and most recently with the students of the IUNA Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte in Buenos Aries, Argentina. As Artistic Director of Patricia Rincon Dance Collective she has continued developing the annual Blurred Borders Dance Festival and the Myth Project: American Dream dance theatre series, set in San Diego each year. She also continues to work with her video artist collaborator Paula Zacharias from Buenos Aires in creating numerous dance video-film projects. They were awarded a UCSD Latino Studies Research Initiative grant in 2008-2009, and a UCSD Research Grant 2009-2010 for research and development on their new documentary series “Latino Now: Landscape of Desire,” about the American Dream and immigration ­– filmed in Mexico, Argentina and California. Ms. Rincon’s video-film “Waiting” has been awarded into various film festivals, including the 15th annual “San Diego Latino Film Festival” in March 2010. In September 2011 Ms. Rincon and company completed a performance tour to Buenos Aires and have now been invited to the international “TANZINOLTEN Dance Festival” 2012 in Switzerland. The original Chair of the Encinitas Arts Commission, Ms. Rincon is currently Head of Dance at UCSD.

The Patricia Rincon Dance Collective is a San Diego-based professional dance theatre performing company aspiring to educate dancers and enrich San Diego audiences by providing diversified, socially-conscious, innovative programming and choreography. The organization (PRDC) has been producing dance for 30 years, working both independently and collaboratively with other prolific artists and arts organizations since 1982:  This year marks the 30-year anniversary for this artistic director/producer. More company information and additional background info on Blurred Borders Dance Festival #14 can be found at www.rincondance.org

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

The Patricia Rincon Dance Collective receives significant funding from The San Diego City Commission for Arts and Culture, San Diego City College Department of Visual and Performing Arts, and World Cultures Department, the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, UCSD Latino Studies Research Initiative, and private donors.

 

"Protest Dance" 1. Choreography: Patricia Rincon. Photo: Jim Carmody.

“Protest Dance” 1. Choreography: Patricia Rincon. Photo: Jim Carmody.