DANCE UP CLOSE/EAST BAY
With the help of two grants in 2008 from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center is pleased to now be running its own presenting series as well at the Center: Dance Up Close/East Bay.
The series offers local audiences an intimate space to see professional level work, and supports local choreographers who want to produce their work for several weeks in a row.
The Series was launched in late May 2008 with Paufve Dance and its annual Bare Bones performance, followed by:
November 2008 - Nina Haft and Company'si production of 'SKIN: One Becomes Two'.
February 2010 - ahdanco's Home Season production of "here, look".
November 2010 - Kimi Guthrie's Dandelion Dance Theater's production of "Mama/LOVE".
August 2011 - Antoine Hunter's production of Urban Jazz Dance.
October 2012 - Melecio Estrella and Andrew Ward's FOGBEAST production of "Move Here"
Please see our Performing/Events page for upcoming shows.
Nina Haft & Company and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center's Dance Up Close/East Bay present the premiere of To begin with the ending already in sight, a performance installation of dance, sound, words and food in Berkeley. The show explores the experience of desire through the five senses. To begin with the ending already in sight charts the experience of desire from fleeting sensations into palpable evidence of arousal: movement, words and relationships. The event integrates improvisation and choreography, with vigorous, rough, delicate and vulnerable movement. The evening is set up to invite audiences to witness the performers up close as they form alliances and break apart. The costume, scenic and lighting design for the evening hints at the lives that once inhabited the rooms of a private residence, now occupied by Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. Audience members will move freely between rooms as if attending a house party, watching movement while sampling food and drink prepared specifically for each part of the performance. The entire evening of dance, sound, words and food is inspired by a work of flash fiction by Britta Austin, and is the culminating installment in a suite of works by Nina Haft & Company inspired by Ms. Austin's writing.
Choreography: Nina Haft with the Dancers
Dancers: Rebecca Johnson, Edmer Lazaro, Rogelio Lopez, Andrew Merrell and guests
Music and Sound Composition: Matt Payne
Scenic and Lighting Design: Rogelio Lopez
Costume Design: Keriann Egeland
Culinary Design: Nina Haft
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