SBDP at the LevyDance Salon!

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!”

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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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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.

 

¡FLACC! 2015

Join us this coming weekend Sept 25-27th, 2015 for ¡FLACC!

at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco!


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I’ll be performing with Piñata Dance Collective (choreographer Liz Boubion) for her new piece “Broken Piñata/Piñata #14”.

The festival includes works by Juan Manuel Aldape, Liz Boubion, Catherine Marie Davalos, Eric Garcia, Zari Le’on, Rogelio Lopez, and David Herrera.

The purpose of this annual showcase is to celebrate our heritage and innovations through multi-media dance performance.  Using our artistry as a vehicle to communicate relevant themes during our exceedingly escalating political and environmental climate, and to share culturally-based nuances with our dance communities, this festival also creates a platform to connect and strengthen our community as Chican@/Latin@ artists.  The artists’ subjects encompass a broad spectrum of abstract to dramatized themes of identity, immigration, deportation, gentrification, personal story, folkloric/modern fusions and re-appropriated traditions. ¡FLACC! 2015 also includes a site-specific street intervention celebrating the urban landscape of MCCLA’s 100 year old building, to invite public audience and visibility for the performing arts in the Mission District of San Francisco

¡FLACC! is committed to giving our greater community of Latino@s more access and exposure to contemporary modern and experimental dance forms by offering sliding scale tickets to the show, a free panel discussion with the artists and placing our work on a stage that specifically houses Latino/a artists. ¡FLACC! is the only annual contemporary dance festival celebrating the Latin@ constituency on the West Coast that is not centered on traditional or folkloric dance forms, (with the exception of one festival in 2009, that featured 3 artists, produced by choreographer, David Herrera, at The Garage. The other featured artists are Dance Monks, Detour Dance and Juan Aldape).

Our decision to create a space along the “cutting-edge” continuum of classical contemporary dance and performance art, gives the choreographers a lot of freedom socially, politically and artistically.  ¡FLACC! also allows us to share our work internationally with each other and to contribute our diverse artistic voices to the dance community locally, in a supported arena. ¡FLACC! 2014 was featured on KPOO FM with FLACC veterans, Natta Haotzima and Diana Lara and reviewed by writer, Heather Desaulniers in Critical Dance. This year, we are cross-promoting our publicity material with ODC, Shawl Anderson Dance Center and with all of our artist’s companies.  Our sustainability depends on our collaborations with each other and we are rapidly creating a recognizable platform for Latin@ artists to meet one another under one roof.

The Beat Fundraiser 2015

On August 29th, 2015, I performed for The Beat dance studio in Berkeley for their annual fundraiser performance!

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I was joined by Sharon Benitez and Tanya Benitez for an all-female trio performance of dances from the Mexican state of Jalisco.

The performance took place at the Malonga Casquelord Center For the Arts in Oakland on Aug 29th at 8pm.

See more information here!