Dandelion Dance Company Presents: Lele, Tongues, Gathering

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Dandelion Dance Company Presents: Lele, Tongues, Gathering
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Event Description

The two main dance collaborators in this trans-Pacific project are Dr, Trina Nahm-Mijo, Professor at Hawai`i Community College (HawCC) and Eric Kupers, Professor of Dance at California State University, East Bay and Director of Dandelion Dancetheater (DDT), a dance company based in the Bay Area.

The first section of the piece “Lele” will be a collaboration between Kupers, Nahm-Mijo, and Aerial/Modern dance instructor, Annie Bunker, and will include dance students from HawCC as well as Kupersʻ members. “Tongues”, a dance/theater adaptation of a poetic play written by Sam Shephard and Joe Chaikin based on themes of death, ancestral voices, and transformation; and a new work called “Gather”, whose themes are birth, cycles of growth, and the resilience of life. Kupersʻ performing members cross-train as actors, dancers, musicians and the “Gather” section will feature a vocal score composed by former “Sweet Honey in the Rock” a capella singer/composer Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, which utilizes only singing and body percussion as accompaniment.  Kupers and Bandelion will be joined in both works by special guest collaborators Kumu Kau’I Peralto, Vocal Activist Melanie DeMore and Nahm-Mijo.

About Dandelion Dance

Seeds for Dandelion Dancetheater were planted when Co-Directors Kimiko Guthrie and Eric Kupers started choreographing together at UC Santa Cruz in 1991. The company was founded in 1996 in San Francisco.

Kupers and Guthrie create interdependently:  directing individual projects and sometimes co-directing collaborations.

Dandelion holds an annual home season in San Francisco and performs in many collaborative events and festivals throughout the Bay Area. The company has performed at leading venues for experimental performance, including CELLspace, CounterPULSE, Noh Space, ODC Theater, and Project Artaud and has toured to Los Angeles, New York, Yosemite, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Scotland and India.

Dandelion has received numerous awards and grants, including a Dancemaker grant from Dance USA/Irvine Foundation, a Gerbode Foundation Choreography Commission, an award from the Japan Foundation New York, a Rockefeller MAP Fund grant, an award from the Grants for the Arts non-recurring events fund, and repeated funding from the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Theatre Bay Area CA$H Program, San Francisco Arts Commission, an anonymous foundation, and many individual supporters.


Admission: Free, By Donation with proceeds to Dandelion Dance Company
Location: Kalani EMAX