CHERIE HILL IRIEDANCE
June 5-6, 2015 at Omni Oakland Commons
Performance to feature live improvisation, African aesthetics and contemporary dance to new dub music by Brizion, rearranged by Peter Lionheart.
Tickets $10-35, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1446755;
More Information at http://www.iriedance.com/terrestrial-footprints.html
April 21, 2015, Oakland- After three years of developing her unit “Creative Movement and the African Aesthetic”, choreographer and dance teaching artist Cherie Hill premiers TERRESTRIAL FOOTPRINTS, June 5-6, 8pm at the Omni Oakland Commons. Inspired by teaching African dance elements from a conceptual perspective, TERRESTRIAL FOOTPRINTS is an evening-length work, featuring diverse and splendid dancers, Emmeline Gonzalez-Beban, Andreina Maldonado, Hope McManus, Linda Phung and Rose Rothfeder, unreleased dub reggae music tracks produced by Brizion, rearranged by Peter Lionheart and new contemporary dance by Cherie Hill. Tickets are $10-35 pre-sale or at the door. For more information visit: http://www.iriedance.com/terrestrial-footprints.html.
TERRESTRIAL FOOTPRINTS is layered with ambient sound effects and heavy bass. Dancers connect, disconnect, ride waves of energy in their own and partners’ bodies and move with momentum and release. The choreography explores new contemporary dance styles that emphasize contracting, expanding, undulations and rhythm, concepts that are generally found in traditional African Diaspora dances, but rarely used for improvisational performance. Driving the piece is reggae dub music, a genre that is underground and eclectic in the U.S., and massively popular in parts of Europe and the Caribbean.
Composed of long, luscious movement, TERRESTRIAL FOOTPRINTS is the first dance of its kind entirely performed to dub reggae music. The piece moves between human and cosmic, revealing a painted gallery of female bodies, dancing through space, time and energy. Throughout, dancers collaborate with the environment and perform in the ballroom, on the stage, and in the balcony.
Hill says she fell in love with improvisation while taking summer workshops with Anna Halprin and teaching modern dance improvisation at Luna Dance Institute. She claims, “When dancers are given a structure to explore a concept or movement by their own means, they are empowered to reveal something that is hidden or unknown. As a black feminist and arts activist, I feel it is important for the dancers to experience and share these moments with the audience.”
TERRESTRIAL FOOTPRINTS is motivated by the project “Creative Movement and the African Aesthetic” that was developed over a period of workshops, lectures and performances with the support of Luna Dance Institute, the Sacred Dance Guild, the National Dance Education Organization, and Peer Practices East Bay.
Cherie Hill IrieDance (www.iriedance.com)
Cherie Hill aka IrieDance is a creative artist who researches dance, transcendence, and how the body is a vessel for metaphysical presence. Her pieces juxtapose alternative and cosmic existence with “real-life” experience to provide insight into the causes and rationalities of the universe’s time and space continuum. Satisfied by raw, ecstatic, gut moving dance, IrieDance works experiment with non-conventional spaces and developing movement in correlation to the environment. Dance, trance, women and the African Diaspora are continued research topics intertwined with black feminist standpoint theory. A firm believer that dance will play a key part in leading society to personal/communal/and spiritual transformation, Cherie produces projects that are conscious, analytical, and meditational. Her works have been performed around the country, and she has published in journals and presented at international conferences. Cherie holds a BA in Dance and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley, and a MFA in Dance from the University of CO Boulder. She is currently an independent choreographer, dance teaching artist and communications manager at Luna Dance Institute, and a research assistant for hip-hop dance legend Rennie Harris.
Brizion is a Dub and Roots music producer based in San Diego, California (USA) operating from DubStrand Studio, established in 2004. Since opening, Brizion has released numerous albums, CDs and digital recordings. His dub tracks have been featured on JAH Militant Records (France), Positive Vibes, Lion Roots, and Guidance HiFi, and his new releases include CD albums Deep Space, Dub Savanna, Defender Dubplates, Dub Prayer and Dub Revelation. Brizion mixes live at dub music events and recently performed at the United Nations of Dub USA Launch Party.
Peter Lionheart (http://innerstandingsound.com/)
Peter Lionheart has built Lionheart Sounds for years, playing many gigs, producing and distributing tens of thousands of conscious Reggae mix CD’s, and working with local roots singers and producers. In 2008 he met Rumi Q who spent his formative years in Paris where he was exposed to and inspired by the thriving Sound System scene. In 2013 they debuted monthly Sound Sanctuary events where Inner Standing Sound plays well tuned and heavily amplified Reggae and Dub music on a custom sound system to uplift the body, mind, and soul. Inner Standing works to provide a safe space, a vibrational Sound Sanctuary, where natural, earthly, and cosmic energies of upliftment can flow unimpeded. The medium used to carry these vibrations is Roots and Culture music from the vintage classics of the 70’s, the digital revolution of the 80’s, the roots resurgence of the 90’s, all the way to the current cosmic UK electronic dub. The musical experience provided is deep, mystical, meditational, and uplifting.
For more information visit, http://www.iriedance.com/terrestrial-footprints.html.