Los Angeles, CA, March 23, 2009--REDCAT and California Institute of the Arts present choreographer Neil Greenberg's Really Queer Dance with Harps performed by his company Dance by Neil Greenberg, as part of its continuing Sharon Disney Lund Dance Series, Wednesday, April 15 through Friday, April 17 at 8:30pm.
Performed by four men and four women to a vivid live score for three harps by Zeena Parkins, Really Queer Dance with Harps works to reconcile an interrogation of the social and aesthetic status quo with a love for fully realized, full-bodied dancing. In creating this rigorous, sensual, and extravagant work, Greenberg refrained from censoring movement that might be considered "excessive," "flamboyant," "ambiguous," "illegible" and instead revels in choreographic choices both queer and Queer.
Heralded by The New York Times as "endlessly fascinating," this smart, politically charged work by Neil Greenberg achieves a magical confluence of continuous motion and aligning symmetries as the company explores an exuberant vision of the human body and its movements. Really Queer Dance with Harps builds on Greenberg's Quartet with Three Gay Men--also on the program--which explores our construction of meaning from the data we perceive by holding together the aesthetic object of the dance and the conceptual discourse embedded in the title. Featuring movement meticulously recreated from videotaped improvisations, both works set out to uncover the subtle traces of lived experience and the stories carried within the bodies of his dancers.
"What makes Greenberg's work so exhilarating is that the stage space is even more alive than the extraordinary dancers who inhabit it... Endlessly fascinating." The New York Times
Really Queer Dance with Harps is made possible in part by a grant from the National Performance Network's Performance Residency Program. Major contributors of the National Performance Network include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), Altria, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.
Dance with Neil Greenberg's Really Queer Dance with Harps runs Wednesday through Friday, April 15 - 17 at 8:30pm. Tickets are $25, with student discounts available. Seating is general admission. For purchase or for more information about tickets please visit the REDCAT box office in person, call 213.237.2800, or click on www.redcat.org .
REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, is located at the corner of W. 2nd and S. Hope Streets, inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex (631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90012).
ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHER
NEIL GREENBERG, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and winner of a New York dance and performance Bessie Award, has been creating dances since 1979. In 1986 he formed the award-winning dance company Dance by Neil Greenberg for which he has created over twenty works, as well as commissioned works for Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project and Ricochet Dance Company of London. A former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Neil is a multi-award winning choreographer known especially for his Not-About-AIDS-Dance, for which he received his Bessie. Greenberg's works have twice been heralded as among the Ten High Points of the year in The New York Times: his dance/video work Two in 2003 and Not-About-AIDS-Dance in 1994. An internationally sought-after teacher, he currently holds the position of Professor of Experimental Choreography at the University of California, Riverside.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
ZEENA PARKINS--sound artist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser--is well-known as a pioneer of the electric harp, and has also extended the language of the acoustic harp with the inventive use of unusual playing techniques, preparations, and layers of digital and analog processing. Parkins accurately describes her electric harp as a "sound machine of limitless capacity." She has created numerous scores for film, video, chamber orchestra, theater and, especially, dance--receiving two New York dance and performance Bessie Awards, including a 2007 Bessie for sustained achievement as a composer for dance. Her music melds and highlights opposites, blurring boundaries between improvised and composed, acoustic and electric, digital and analog, and processed and concrete sounds. She has collaborated with Greenberg since 1991.
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