homeLA

Saturday, May 4

6:00 PM

In partnership with the Dance Resource Center and Pieter, Rebecca Bruno presents homeLA, an event that seeks to provide an outlet for independent dance artists in LA to engage with diverse audiences in private spaces. This inaugural event seeks to contribute to a dialogue among independent dance makers, musicians, home owners, and guests on issues relating to performance and domestic space. Combining site-specific dance with salon-style performance, homeLA features performances by 14 artists that activate the unique architecture and particular ethos of a home. In this first iteration, homeLA will take shape in an expansive modern home in the Mount Washington neighborhood of Los Angeles. GuestHaus Residency founders, ChloË Flores and her partner Tim Lefevre who is the owner and builder of the property have generously donated their home to the first event, opening their family’s lives to a three-month invasion of their household space. Space is limited due to the site so please don’t hesitate to pick up your tickets. We are asking a small entrance fee of $10 to pay the dancers and to cover light production costs.

The first iteration of homeLA will feature works by the artists:
Melanie Rios Glaser
Alexx Shilling
Meg Wolfe
Nick Duran
Rikki Rothenberg
Amanda Furches
Jil Stein
Selen Ermanav
Flora Wiegmann
Ronit Kirchman
Maya Gingery
Perin Hailey McNelis
Alexa Weir
Julio Montero

For more info please email homeLA.hello@gmail.com

ARTIST BIOS:

Melanie Ríos Glaser, currently serves as the Artistic Director and Co-Ceo for The Wooden Floor in Santa Ana California.  Born and raised in Guatemala, she received her BFA from the Juilliard School, was named a Kennedy Center Fellow, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Paris.  She has been involved with experimental dance, improvisation and performance for twenty years and her work has been widely presented internationally.  She enjoys curating and volunteering expertise on issues related to nonprofit organizations.

Flora Wiegmann is a choreographer and dancer based in Los Angeles. Working in both live performance and film, her work has been presented at The Whitney Museum of American Art and as part of Performa 09 and 11 in New York, The Philadelphia ICA, The Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, The Berkeley Art Museum, The Orange County Museum of Art, The David Roberts Art Foundation in London, and the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff, Canada.  She has had the pleasure of collaborating with artists on various projects including Amy Granat, Drew Heitzler, Alix Lambert, Silke Otto-Knapp, Margo Victor, Nina Waisman, and Andrea Zittel.

Perin Hailey McNelis grew up in Tucson, Arizona where she studied Ballet and hiked the Sonoran desert. She holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She has worked with Cherylyn Lavagnino, Jill Johnson, and Sean Curran in New York, and with James Kidd and Jillian Stein in Los Angeles. Her choreography has been presented at Tisch School of the Arts and the Fourth Arts Block’s FAB! Festival.

Maya Gingery is an artist devoted to performance, in dance, music and theatrical expression. Her solo and group works, as well as her life, are currently concerned with themes of identity and loss, nature, economy and resiliency.

Alexa Weir is a dancer and Somatic Movement Educator. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Amanda Furches has been involved with movement arts her whole life.  First as a child in the woods, then as a gymnast and runner, and finally as a dancer pursuing her love of movement professionally.  She was a member of Zenon dance company in Minneapolis.  She has performed works by Morgan Thorson, John Jaspers, Jeanine Durning, Rae Shao lan Blum, Rebecca Bruno, Jmy Leary , among others.  Her own work has been shown in NYC, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Since moving to LA she has choreographed music videos for such artists as Bob Dylan, Bobby Evans, Robert Schwartzman and SpringSummer.  She has a BFA in Contemporary Dance and Choreography from NC School of the Arts.

Julio C Montero, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently based in Los Angeles, records, composes and performs under the moniker Cuñao. Julio was born in Ecuador, but grew up on the multicultural streets of Queens, NY. This mixture of cultures heavily painted the musical world Cuñao would later come to explore. Cuñao’s songs are simple in form, mixing South American folk, 60-70′s romantic ballads, Tropical & cumbia, electronica, rock, 20th Century minimalism, trova, afrobeat and anything else that sounds good as they paint a slightly different picture of what it is to be Latin American. In much the same way that Julio adapted to his new culture upon arriving in NYC, these songs transform and adapt when seasoned with other genres. Cuñao released its debut album Trabajo Y Ron in March 2011. A collection of electronic songs with the heart of Latin folk tunes.
Los Testigos is a collection of nostalgic songs inspired by the 1960 & 70′s era Latin America. The EP will be the second musical project released by Cuñao. It’s scheduled for release on April 24th, 2013.

Meg Wolfe is a choreographer, performer, and community organizer; the artistic director of Show Box LA, and co-editor of itch Dance Journal. Her work has been commissioned by REDCAT (2011, trembler.SHIFTER); and has been presented locally at Bootleg Theater, Off Center Festival/Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the 2009 New Original Works Festival/REDCAT, ArtWorks Theater, Highways Performance Space, Sea and Space Explorations, Anatomy Riot, and others. Her projects have been supported by funding from the National Performance Network Creation Fund, the Center for Cultural Innovation ARC Grant, Durfee Foundation ARC Grants, Danspace Project Commissioning Initiative, and Meet the Composer Fund; multiple residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artist’s Program; the Hothouse Residency program at UCLA, and others. She has been based in Los Angeles since 2004; prior to that she danced in New York City – in the works of Vicky Shick, Sigal Bergman, Molissa Fenley, Clarinda Mac Low, and Susan Rethorst.  www.dancemegwolfe.org

Selen Ermanav is a dancer/choreographer/performance artist having studied and graduated with a BA in dance from the prestigious CSULB dance department. She has a vast background in multiple dance disciplines including ballet, modern, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Brazilian, with a heavy emphasis in dance improvisation and choreography. She has choreographed modern stage works as well as commercial dances for TV (FOX, SPIKE TV) and has performed and choreographed for a variety of LA based vocal artists. She enjoys teaching and choreographing with improvisation based movement in addition to her collaborative modern dance compositions. 
She draws influenced from a wide range of arts, especially photography, and interested in expression of human behavior, social influences, and issues. To each dance, she takes a collaborative and unique approach working to accommodate the energy of each dance. Her dances tend to be described as artistic, unique, expressive, and avant-garde, with the seed rooted in natural, urban and middle eastern influenced modern movement.

Los Angeles-based dance artist, Nick Duran, teaches his blend of somatics and dance at Pieter, UCLA, Cal State Long Beach, and Loyola Marymount. As half of the dance art duo NICK+JAMES, recipients of a 2012 ARC Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, he has performed at Highways, REDCAT, and SOMArts, San Francisco. MFA:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BFA:New York University.

 Alexandra Shilling is fully committed to the infinite investigation of movement and its potential to tell stories and allow us to remember. Her original choreography and experimental films have been presented in New York, Los Angeles, Munich, Chicago, at festivals and on television, both as Artistic Director of alexx makes dances and ann and alexx make dances (with Ann Robideaux), bringing live, multi-media performance to unusual spaces. FIELDSHIFT | FURTHER marks Alexandra’s continued collaboration with interdisciplinary artist Quintan Ana Wikswo. She is a resident artist with CATAYSIS PROJECTS (2012-2013) and continues to work with long-time New York-based collaborators Janusz Jaworski, Ann Robideaux and Mimi Yin. www.AlexxMakesDances.com
www. FieldShiftFurther.com

Jil Stein is currently based in Los Angeles. Her most recent art and choreographic research has been done as part of AUTOBODY.AUTOBODY is a music/performance partnership between her, Ricky Cojan and ERIC NORDHAUSER. We take interest in film, paintings, youtube, POETICS of SPACE, walking outside, books, the BODY in PERFORMANCE, MUSIC, SONIC SCULPTURES, and PIZZA.
‘thats what i believe in not believing in’
-DASH SNOW

Rikki Rothenberg is a visual and performance artist.  A native of
Marblehead, MA, Rothenberg earned her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2004. Aſter moving to Portland, OR in 2005, she co-founded the performance group Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner with Katie Arrants and Kathleen Keogh.  Together they have presented work at the Performática Festival in Mexico, Bumbershoot in Seattle, the Portland2010 Biennial (in collaboration with Oregon Painting Society), and PICA’s TBA festival. Simultaneously, Rothenberg has continued her visual arts practice and her work has been shown in group exhibitions in various Portland galleries, including New American Art Union. Rothenberg is represented by Nationale in Portland. Rothenbergcurrently lives in Los Angeles and has begun a masters program in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Ronit Kirchman is a composer, music producer, songwriter, singer, multi-instrumental performer, visual artist, author and educator. She composes music for film and television, theater, dance, multimedia installations and the concert stage. Her film scores include Neighbors, The Skin I’m In, The Golden Age Of Fish, Say You Love Me, Gowanus Brooklyn and many more. Theater scores include Stop Kiss (LA), Lincoln Center Theater Directors’ Lab, Target Margin Theater, Peculiar Works. Ronit was the first composer to receive the Sundance Institute / Time Warner Fellowship in Film Music, and has received awards from Subito/American Composers Forum, Sundance Composers and Documentary Composers Labs, and BMI Conductors Fellowship. Ronit performs internationally and maintains an active teaching schedule in which she is developing an integrated approach to music, narrative and movement. She is a certified Feldenkrais instructor and holds an MFA in Music Composition and New Media from CalArts and BA from Yale University. More information on Ronit’s work can be found at www.ronitkirchman.com.