Muffled Corners

Slick Babble Dance Project presents:

Muffled Corners

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Berkeley City Ballet, 1800 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94703

July 30, 2016 | 8pm

July 31, 2016 | 2pm

Tickets sliding scale $15-25 in advance or at the door

Muffled Corners is a presentation of contemporary dance produced by Slick Babble Dance Project. A family-friendly buffet of short dance pieces, this performance will feature three new dance works by Emmeline Gonzalez-Beban alongside choreography by special guests Amelia Eisen and Kim Ip. These featured works explore Gonzalez-Beban’s choreographic philosophy through different lenses that range from the absurd realities of multiverse theory to the fiery physical expressions of the oppressed body.

A Day of Son Jarocho

On June 18, 2016, I performed Zapateado with Son de la Bahía in this exciting performance which also featured Sonando Sur and Tarimba.

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Sonando Sur / Sonando Norte:
A Day of Son Jarocho – Música Veracruzana

Saturday, June 18 3pm-12am

Join us for a day of Son Jarocho “Sonando Sur / Sonando Norte” with workshops, concert and Fandango! Workshops include Zapateado dance, Jarana and requinto for various levels, followed by a live concert with different Son Jarocho groups from Veracruz and the Bay Area, highlighting the different aspects and interpretations of Son Jarocho music from the south of Veracruz, Mexico. Bring your instruments and dancing shoes and join us for an open FANDANGO after the concert!

 

WORKSHOPS: 3-5PM / LOCATION: @ MCCLA / PRICE: $15 FOR ONE CLASS OR $20 FOR TWO
Learn to play the Jarana and Requinto, and dance Zapateado Veracruzano!
• Beginning Jarana / Intermediate 3pm-4:00pm
• Requinto 3pm-4:00pm
• Zapateado 4:00pm-5pm
• Jarana Intermediate / Advanced 4:00pm-5pm
• Concert: 8pm – 10pm | Admission: ADV $18, DOOR $20

From Veracruz : Sonando Sur Claudio Vega from Los Vega Group, Diego Lira from Son del Valle, and Esthér Cruz
From the Bay: Son de la Bahía | Tarimba Followed by a FANDANGO until midnight!

For More information visit: “Son de la Bahía” on Facebook

Paz: Fandango Urbano 2016

On June 12, 2016, I participated in PAZ: Fandango Urbano 2016

as a class assistant and performer.

During the culminating performance, I accompanied DíaPaSon with new  Zapateado choreographies arranged by Maria de la Rosa.

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Come enjoy the music,  dance and culture from Veracruz, Mexico in this Son Jarocho concert! Witness the debut of four new original compositions by DíaPaSon, sones from the 2014 PAZ: Fandango Urbano project and traditional son jarocho repertoire. DíaPaSon’s guest artist from Veracruz, Mexico: Tacho Utrera, and other surprise guests will participate!
This concert is part of a two-week artist residency of the Son Jarocho group DíaPaSon at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. The artists will share a cross-cultural and cross-generational musical experience reflective of Bay Area urban fandango/son experience.
 
This series of events and workshops is commissioned by La Peña Cultural Center Berkeley and La Peña Austin and funded by NPN Creation Fund. 
 
ABOUT DíaPason
DíaPason is a collective of artists who are practitioners of folk music and dance, particularly the son jarocho, in the interest of promoting and preserving these cultural treasures. Gathered by María de la Rosa, these artists are active in the rich sonero community of the Bay Area and have collectively and individually studied the son art form with internationally renowned master artists of son jarocho and recently collaborated with them to create new repertoire. DíaPaSon often enjoys the privilege of having master artists from Mexico perform as guests in its programs. 
 
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
PAZ: Proyecto A Zapatear was a 2011 collaboration between master son jarocho artist Rubí Oseguera Rueda of Veracruz and local artist María de la Rosa of the Bay Area. In 2014, the pair invited additional master artists Patricio Hidalgo Belli and Felix José “Liche” Oseguera Rueda from Veracruz and additional local artists Artemio Posadas, Hector Lugo, Kamakshi (Tania Rodriguez), and Devin Valdez to form an artistic team that produced PAZ: Fandango Urbano. The team collectively created four new sones that are based on the contemporary Bay Area experience; have universal themes; are rooted in the son tradition; and are an invitation to others to add their voices to them over time. Their themes speak to the historical impact of the Gold Rush on the forming of the Bay Area; the expansivecommunity efforts in the fight for food justice, the growing concern for quality care and safe neighborhoods for children and a whimsical look into the altered reality of the American dream through the eyes of recent immigrants to the area.

SBDP at the LevyDance Salon!

Slick Babble Dance Project participated in The Salon on May 7th, 2016. Performance at 9pm, followed by a post-showcase dance party!

Tickets $10 at the door, or in advance here.

LevyStudio, 19 Heron St., San Francisco, CA  94103

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“Now in it’s eighth year, the Salon is a quarterly performing arts showcase. Ten Bay Area artistsof various disciplines are offered ten free hours of studio space to play, take risks, explore, and collaborate. Each artist or group shares five minutes of new work at this Saturday evening art extravaganza. Comfy couches, free snacks, cheap cash bar, and an eclectic line-up make for one of the best performance viewing experiences in town. Stay and shake it at the Salon’s raucous post-showcase party!”


Us, Fumbling

Slick Babble Dance Project premiered its first evening-length dance work, “Us, Fumbling” on February 24th-25th, 2016 at SAFEhouse Arts!

Us, Fumbling was choreographed by Emmeline Gonzalez-Beban, and features performers Colette Bakke, Nathan Forster, Aimee K. Heslop, Michael D. Lee, and Erica Pinigis.

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Visit slickbabbledance.wordpress.com

Scratch Dance: “Of Stills and Lifes”

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Scratch Dance Presents:

“Of Stills and Lifes”

Friday, February 12th, 2016 at 8pm
Saturday, February 13th, 2016 at 8pm
Sunday, February 14th, 2016 at 2pm

Tickets $20 advance sales / $25 at the door
$15 advance for seniors, youth, and Mills community
$20 at the door for seniors, youth, and Mills community

RSVP on facebook!

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“Since the fall of 2014 Scratch Dance has been creating “Of Stills and Lifes,” an evening length performance derived from a telephone game like process. Starting from two short movement phrases and asking dancers to create short movement phrases of their own from prompts, one duet at a time has been created based on the last. The totality will combine eight duets and a solo, created one based upon the previous, into a program shown February 2016. These duets provide a glimpse into the personalities of the dancers and the subtle and sometimes bold ways they adapt to take on a new partnership. Non-dance collaborators include Dan Gottwald – contributing a sculptural musical instrument that the dancers can play together live in the performance, Eric Marquez – documenting the process through real time sketches and whose art will be used in costuming, and Gretchen Jude – creating the sound score.

Led by artistic director Erica Pinigis, Scratch Dance makes, locally sources, and collaborates on all elements of each production: costumes, sound/music, makeup, design, movement, art, inspiration, location, site, funding, promotion, and more. We make everything with our very own hands, feet, and the sweat of our brows in small batches from the most RRR sources and resources. We reduce artistic as well as tangible waste; re-using, re-purposing, and recycling to invent, create, and innovate everything surrounding and involving our dances. Through that “from scratch” effort, we strive to engage in and enhance the world we all live in, a world that needs and thrives on the creative abundance that dance can provide.

Scratch Dance’s work isn’t just wholesome to make, it’s original and delicious to consume. We want to scratch the itch that you didn’t even know you had. We want to fill your ears and nostrils, create a feast for your eyes, and draw your physical sensations to the surface; giving you, our audience and community, a fully embodied experience of dance that you can’t help but savor, digest, and take home in your memory to enrich you.”

Slick Babble Dance Project

 
My brand new dance company Slick Babble Dance Project has just launched with rehearsals for our upcoming premiere on February 24-25th, 2016 at SAFEhouse Arts in San Francisco, CA. This is an exciting endeavor for me, and I hope to include you all as valued members of the Slick Babble Dance Project community.
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For more information about how to donate to our Indiegogo campaign (through Jan 6th, 2016), click here!

 

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Slick Babble Dance Project will create its first evening-length dance work through RAW (resident artist workshop) produced by SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts.

Emmeline Gonzalez-Beban’s work as an independent choreographer aims to enrich the lives of audience members by creating emotionally resonant dance works using psychologically-based choreographic methodology. In building the methodology of her process, she takes inspiration from psychological research on spiritual/religious belief, which explains how people perceive and create profound meaning from chaos. Through her choreographic process, Emmeline aims to create work that can reach beyond the viewer’s ability to recognize patterns and symbolism; She aims to encourage a more intuitive viewing experience where meaning is felt, but cannot be expressed.

“Slick Babble” is an abstract (and delightfully blasphemous) representation of this choreographic philosophy.

Emmeline’s newest evening length work, “Us, Fumbling”, will explore the abstraction of human interaction through this methodology. Using real experiences and emotions as a baseline inspiration, this choreographic offering aims to encapsulate the essence of real-life story in the absence of narrative structure.