In collaboration with the 30under30 Festival at The Foundry, VEERdance, choreographer Michelle Erard, and choreographer Melissa Martinez will perform three dance pieces with two fifteen minute intermissions.
PART 1: Small Talk
Choreographed by Melissa Martinez
Small Talk, which premiered in 2017 at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, NY as part of the WAXworks Fall season, wasoriginally created in 2014 at the Doug Varone and Dancers Summer Workshop. The work focuses on space,spacial relationship, and a narrative between two individuals through intricate gestural movement. Like aconversation, the dancers experience an exchange of thoughts and ideas to develop an interactive visual dialog.
Melissa Martinez is a choreographer, dancer, and arts administrator currently based in the Berkshires. She isoriginally from Southern California where she graduated from California State University, Long Beach with aBachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Over the last four years, Melissa has not only established her professional careerat Jacob’s Pillow, but has also continued to present work locally. Most recently, her work titled Boundless wascommissioned to be a part of Connect/Disconnect presented by Berkshire Theatre Group. As an artist, hercreative process focuses on collaboration, the movement abilities of her dancers, fundamentals of releasetechnique, and elements of spatial design. At the core, Melissa appreciates movement for the sake ofmovement.
PART 2: Surrealistic Women’s Retreat
Choreographed by Michelle Erard
Surrealistic Women’s Retreat explores ideas of retreat through movement, sound, and language. The piece is based on research centered around reclaiming personal, female identity through retreat. Intersections with surrealism support the core research by de-emphasizing rational thought and allowing material to emerge from subconscious associations.
Michelle Erard is a dance artist trained extensively in non-western forms who advocates diversity in her teaching and creative practice. Her work focuses on the use of language, sound, somatic practices, and improvisation practices from dance and physical theater to bridge disparate styles of movement training.
More Info: https://michelleerard.com/
PART 3: Woven Stories
Woven Stories is a collaboratively crafted dance. Exploring themes of relationships with the self, other and environment, the three movers develop as individuals and inevitably enter into partnerships with each other. In Woven Stories, questions of human interaction arise: Who am I at my center? How do relationships shift and change this core being? Can masks both aid survival and askew truth? Blending chance and improvisation, athletic partnering, and big choreography, this performance is a piece of physical dance theater.
VEERdance Company is an intensely physical, curious, and emotive contemporary dance company emerging from a desire for collaboration between Fern Katz, Taylor King, and Verity Nichols. Their insatiable drive to communicate and question somatically gives rise to visceral performances.
More Info: https://veerdancers.wixsite.com/website-3
Doors/ Bar Open: 6:30 PM