For Immediate Release:
January 01, 2005
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367
Dances Around the House
Choreographers Joanna Haigood and Remy Charlip
January 15, 8pm
Dances Around the House is an evening-length solo dance work created by collaborating choreographers Joanna Haigood and Remy Charlip. The work is presented by the Exploratorium, where Haigood is currently an artist-in-residence, and Zaccho Dance Theatre. Dances Around the House premieres at the Exploratorium on January 15, 2005, at 8pm. Admission is free. Donations are welcome.
Haigood will bring five of Obie-Award-winner Charlip’s scores to life in Dances Around the House. The scores include Dance for a Doorway, Dance for a Bed, and Dances for Three Steps. Sculptor Wayne Campbell has designed a set of objects typically found in a house, which are suspended above the Exploratorium’s Distorted Room. The performance will also include original music and Joanna Haigood/Zaccho Dance Theater's trademark aerial rigging. Expect a performance piece that is fanciful, challenging and thought provoking. As an Exploratorium artist in residence Joanna Haigood has been working on the phenomenon of shadows, which will be a primary component of this new work.
Joanna Haigood’s work has always centered on creating dances that use natural, architectural and cultural environments as settings for the exploration of history and movement, while investigating dance as it relates to place. Integrating aerial flight and suspension as ways of expanding dancers’ spatial range, Haigood explores often overlooked and unseen environments as a point of departure for movement and narrative. Her process includes conducting research into the history and character of each site, often involving local communities in the creative process. Haigood has received many prestigious honors for her work including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Irvine Foundation, New Langton Arts, and a 1998 Cal Arts/Alpert Award. In addition, her choreography is in the repertories of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Axis Dance Company and Lines Contemporary Ballet.
Remy Charlip's extensive career has included performing with John Cage, dancing and designing costumes for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, winning two Village Voice Obie awards, and three New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year citations. He has written and illustrated 30 picture books, for which he has been honored and deemed a National Treasure by the Library of Congress.
For over 25 years Remy Charlip has been sending his invention Air Mail Dances to soloists and companies all over the world. The performer/choreographer receives
drawn dance scores of 20 single figures on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper and without
instructions from Charlip, orders them, creates transitions between positions and provides the context and meaning. While the movement score may be the same for several artists, the resulting performance is incredibly unique - drawing on individual aesthetics, movement vocabularies and personal experience. This reflects Charlip's interest in collaborations and seeing how artists comment on his original impulse. Air Mail Dances has allowed artists all over the world to create innovative works based on Charlip's drawings.
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Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm; every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.
$25 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions.
About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367