DANCES BY THE PEOPLE

GLASS

Glass is a performance about glass ceilings and what happens to women underneath them. Glass prominently features hoop skirts, white pantsuits, meticulous patterns, power poses, a few too many step touches, and a fight for a seat at the table — all referencing the fight for status, confidence, and attention that women engage in their careers and personal lives.

Competitiveness or cattiness play out, too. The women in Glass confront the highly stereotyped, patriarchal views in their environment, each other, and themselves, walking the fine line between standing in solidarity and perpetuating the very misogyny they stand against.

 

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OH, CELINE!

Oh, Celine! is a multimedia, distributed performance created by Kate Ladenheim and Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs. The story follows an avant-garde dance artist (stage name Celine) as she is hired and fired by a liquor company looking for an “authentic face” for their new campaign. We tell her story through a Tumblr blog, a carefully curated Instagram, film elements from the failed collaboration, and ultimately a live stage performance.

 

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I Don't Believe in US

#Idontbelieveinus, choreographed by Kate Ladenheim, is the newest single and music video from indie-darlings Overcoats – a Brooklyn-based duo that mixes traditional folk, soul, and gospel with forward-thinking electronic production. Their debut album YOUNG is built on the themes of family, love, and concepts of womanhood.

What to expect: pink flowers, colored smoke, quirky dance moves, fantasy, surrealism and disillusionment.

< / cl!ck >

< /cl!ck > is an interactive, multimedia installation that explores how culture, personality, and subconscious bias are revealed by our online behavior: our clicks, likes, follows, views, swipes, and profiles. It’s dance, code, and electronic music inspired by the intricate ways that we curate our online selves, and the content we see as a result. The performance is a weird mix of goofy narcissim, parodied action, and uncomfortable cultural awareness.

unraveling

A film collaboration between Kate Ladenheim and Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs, Unraveling began as a response to a messy breakup but became a response to the pressure women face to sequester themselves when they have strong feelings to process. This short film recasts our messiness as the scaffolding to our repair.

Unraveling features cinematography by Gabe C. Elder and music by Myles Avery.

 

Not So Shiny

Created through the Rising Choreographer Residency Program at White Wave Dance, “Not So Shiny” explores our ideas about what it means to be successful. The work is a critique of the American Dream, steeped in hipster irony and disillusionment.

HackPolitik

An evening-length contemporary ballet created in collaboration with composer Peter Van Zandt Lane, originally commissioned and produced by the Juventas New Music Ensemble. HackPolitik follows the online personas of the main players in Anonymous and Lulzsec and how they play between immature mischief-making and true acts of political activism. The music and choreography is a physical interpretation of the inherently abstract interactions that can only occur over the internet.

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