In an Evening of Ice Bergs, dancers Rae Shao Lan and Simone Forti, together with musician Tashi Wada, revisit a practice of investigating illusions of velocity.
Rae Shao-Lan’s returning choreographic subjects are scale and perception- thinking of movement as a durational and potentially accurate response to present conditions. From 1998 to 2006, Rae performed a series of solos in and around New York and received notable reviews in The New York Times, The Village Voice and Dance Insider for these performances. In 2006, Rae relocated to Los Angeles and got involved with the forming of the dance journal itch, as well as doing collaborative projects with other artists including choreographer Meg Wolfe, multi-media artist Elizabeth Leister and painter/musician Steve Roden, Simone Forti, film maker Pooh Kaye, and musician Tashi Wada. For the last few years, Rae resides on a small farm north of the San Francisco Bay.
Simone Forti is a dancer/choreographer/artist / writer based in Los Angeles. She began dancing in 1955 with pioneer of dance improvisation, Anna Halprin. In 1959 Forti moved to New York and studied John Cage oriented composition at the Merce Cunningham Studio with musician/musicologist Robert Dunn. In the spring of 1961 Forti presented a full evening of Dance Constructions. These innovative pieces were influential to the formation of the Judson Dance Theater, which revolutionized dance in New York in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Since the early 1980s Forti has been performing News Animations, spontaneously weaving together movement and spoken words, with a focus on world news. In addition, Forti continues to collaborate with colleagues, exploring new ideas. Her work has been featured in venues including the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. In 2011 Forti received a Yoko Ono Lennon Award for Courage in the Arts.
Tashi Wada was born in New York and lives in Los Angeles. His compositions use apparently simple structures to generate rich and unanticipated perceptual effects. He performs in the United States and Europe, often in collaboration with other artists including Charles Curtis, Stephan Mathieu and his father Yoshi Wada.
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