Salon Dances 2014 Press Release

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January 2014
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Photo: PRDC’s Kenna Crouch. Photo by Manuel Rotenberg.


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Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, known for its adventurous programming, celebrates 32 years of innovative programming this year with a new dance series “Salon Dances” this spring at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas CA 92024, beginning on February 23rd, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

PRDC Salon Dancesis a dance series that are made up of solo, duet or trio performances that will take place at the Encinitas Library. Each of the four separate shows will develop a new theme and bring to life the art being displayed there, as well as allow for audiences to enjoy dance theatre in an intimate setting during a Sunday afternoon performance. It will feature new works by members of the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective: Natalia Valerdi, Kenna Crouch, Sarah Navarrete, Sam Mitchell, and with work by Artistic Director Patricia Rincon. Each artist will be exploring their own choreographic voice within the spirit of collaboration. Some of these dances will be San Diego premieres.

Salon Dances are inspired by Isadora Duncan Salon Dances of the 1900s, a time when patrons would gather in their salons to watch dance performances. There is a unique intimacy and simplicity that these low-tech, close-up dance performances offer. Each performance will offer a talk-back session afterwards for audience members to share comments or ask questions about the performance with the dancers and choreographer.

• WHERE: Encinitas Library Community Room, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024.

• WHEN: Sunday, February 23 2014 @ 2:00pm.

• TICKETS: Pay-what-you-can at the door. Suggested Donation $10.

Salon Dances #1: Caught (premiere)

Caught is the first of four performances in the Salon Dances series. Choreographed by Patricia Rincon Dance Collective’s Associate Director Natalia Valerdi, Caught explores the internal dynamics of relationships and the ways in which personal boundaries and intimacy ebb, and sometimes don’t flow. Sensuality, monotony and tension become the elements of play through solos, duets and trios, asking questions such as “when do you draw the line?” in an intimate relationship and meditating on the Zen parable “How do you go straight on a road with 99 curves?”

Performed by the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective’s Kenna Crouch, with guests David Wornovitzky and Bonnie Young Lee (California Ballet); with original music performed live by Joyce Rooks (http://www.joycerooks.com), featuring the art of Donn Angel Perez (http://www.bluecanvas.com/donnangelperez). This project is funded in part by the City of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program.



PATRICIA RINCON Artistic Director

has performed, directed, choreographed and participated in annual workshops and performances in Mexico, Argentina, Europe, and California. As Artistic Director of Patricia Rincon Dance Collective she has continued developing the popular annual Blurred Borders Dance Festival and the Myth Project: American Dream dance-theatre series, set in San Diego each year. The company completed a performance tour to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2012, and in 2013 is invited to perform in the TANZINOLTEN Dance Festival in Switzerland, as well as other performances in Zurich, Switzerland and Konstanz Germany. Ms. Rincon also continues to develop numerous dance film projects. She has been awarded numerous UCSD research grantsfor research and development on the documentary series Latino Now: Landscape of Desire, about the American Dream and the immigration debate, filmed in Mexico, Argentina and California, which was screened in Buenos Aries, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and San Diego at the San Diego Repertory Theatre production of Tortilla Curtain. Patricia’s video-film Waiting has been selected into various film festivals, including the 15th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival in March 2010. She has just returned from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where she was doing additional film research for The Myth Project series. Each summer for the past 30 years Ms. Rincon is invited to annual 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 in 2011 she was an artist-in-residency, along with her company, at the prestigious IUNA Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte in Buenos Aries, Argentina. Ms. Rincon is currently Head of Dance at the UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance. This year marks the 32-year anniversary of the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective.

NATALIA VALERDI Associate Director

is a choreographer, video artist, social media manager, outreach coordinator and performer with the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective. She has performed, taught and choreographed in Cuba, Europe, Mexico and California. Her recent choreographic works include Connected, Traces of Water and White Dreams. She has performed with PRDC since 2006 and recently completed a performance tour in Europe with PRDC in November 2013. Her video projection design collaborations with Patricia Rincon include BODYPARTS, Protest, Peeled and The Myth Project V: Cowboys. She co-produced the documentary dance film Latino Now: Landscape of Desire with Patricia Rincon, a film about the American Dream and the immigration debate, which was screened in Buenos Aries, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and in San Diego at the San Diego Repertory Theatre production of Tortilla Curtain. Valerdi has also collaborated as projection designer with UK choreographer Yolande Snaith’s One Hundred Feet, and with choreographer Alicia Rincon. She has performed locally with Jean Isaacs, Allyson Green, Yolande Snaith and Loretta Livingston (Los Angeles). Valerdi is founder and performer with the Mid-Air-Trio, an improvisational “jazz” trio with visual artist Anna Stump and musician Joyce Rooks, which has participated in happenings in Los Angeles and San Diego, including Autumn Lights LA (2010 and 2012). Valerdi received her M.F.A. in Dance and Technology from the University of California, Irvine. She is currently a lecturer at the University of California, San Diego, San Diego City College and Southwestern College, and works with inner-city youth through the professional development organization Collaborations: Teachers and Artists.